McMurtray, Aaron, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Medical Director, UCLA Dementia and Memory Disorders Clinic

McMurtray, Aaron, M.D., Ph.D.


Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA
710 Westwood Plaza, Room C-224
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769
Tel: (310) 794-3665
Clinic Appts: (310) 794-1195 {Memory Evaluation}
Clinic Fax: (310) 794-7491
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Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Disorders, Dementia, and Brain Injuries.



  • B.A. Chemistry and Biology, Claremont McKenna College, 1996.
  • M.D. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2000.
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Ohio State University, 2000-2001.
  • Residency, Neurology, Harbor-UCLA, 2001-2004.
  • Chief Resident, Neurology, Harbor-UCLA, 2003-2004
  • Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, UCLA/West L.A., V.A., 2004-2006.
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of Hawaii, 2008


Board Certifications

  • California Medical License, 2002-present.
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2006-present.



  • Tse GG, Masuda EM, McMurtray AM, Nakamoto B. Coiled internal carotid arteries associated with bilateral sequential strokes. Case Reports in Vascular Medicine, 2013, Article ID 929530, doi:10.1155/2013/929530. PMID: 23762747
  • Tse GG, Kim B, McMurtray AM, Nakamoto B. Case of Levodopa Toxicity from Ingestion of Mucuna gigantean. Hawaii J Med Public Health, 2013;72(5):157-60. PMID: 23795319
  • Nakamoto B, Siu AM, Hashiba KA, Sinclair BT, Baker BJ, Gerber MS, McMurtray AM, Pearce NM, Pearce JW. Surfer’s Myelopathy: a Radiological study of 23 cases. AJNR, 2013; 34:2393-2398, doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A3599. PMID: 23828111
  • Mehta BK, Mustafa G, McMurtray A, Masud MW, Gunukula SK, Kamal H, Kandel A, Beltagy A, Li P. Whole Brain CT Perfusion Deficits Using 320-Dectector Row CT in TIA Patients are Associated with ABCD2 Score. Int J Neurosci, 2014 Jan;124(1):56-60.doi:10.3109/00207454.2013.821471. Epub 2013 Aug 12. PMID: 23826759
  • McMurtray A, Saito E, Diaz N, Mehta B, Nakamoto B. Greater Frequency of Depression Associated with Chronic Primary Headaches than Chronic Post-Traumatic Headaches. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 2013;45(3):227-236. PMID: 24066406.
  • Tse GG, Santos-Ocampo AS, Chow DC, McMurtray A, Nakamoto B. Diffuse Leukoencephalopathy and Subacute Parkinsonism as an Early Manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Case Rep Neurol Med 2013;2013:367185. doi: 10.1155/2013/367185. PMID:24369514
  • Saito E, Nakamoto B, Mendez MF, Mehta B, McMurtray A. Cost Effective Community Based Dementia Screening: a Markov model simulation. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2014;2014:103138. doi: 10.1155/2014/103138. PMID:24649392
  • McMurtray A, Saito E. Does Primary Headache Type Influence Secondary Headache Symptoms? Journal of Neuroscience in Rural Practice, 2014;5(2):111-2. doi: 10.4103/0976-3147.131644. PMID:24966543
  • McMurtray A, Nakamoto B, Diaz N, Mehta B, Aboutalib S, Saito E. Midlife Cigarette Smoking and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms among Demented Outpatients. Journal of Aging: Research and Clinical Practice, 2014;3(3):163-166.
  • McMurtray A, Tseng B, Diaz N, Chung J, Mehta B, Saito E. Acute Psychosis Associated with Subcortical Stroke: Comparison between basal ganglia and mid-brain lesions. Case Reports in Neurological Medicine, 2014;2014:428425. Doi: 10.1155/2014/428425. PMID:25309765
  • Leon A, Saito EK, Mehta B, McMurtray AM. Calcified parenchymal central nervous system cysticercosis and clinical outcomes in epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav, 2015;43:77-80. PMID:25569744
  • Dalrymple K, Saito EK, Diaz N, Morrow J, Nakamoto B, McMurtray AM. Past Cigarette Smoking Is More Common among Those with Cholinergic than Non-cholinergic Dementias. Neurol Res Int, 2014;2014:423602. doi: 10.1155/2014/423602. Epub 2014 Dec 10. PMID: 25574388
  • Abukhalil F, Mehta B, Saito E, Mehta S, McMurtray A. Gender and Ethnicity Based Differences in Clinical and Laboratory Features of Myasthenia Gravis. Autoimmune Dis, 2015;2015:197893. Doi: 10.1155/2015/197893. PMID:26175913
  • Saito EK, Diaz N, Morrow J, Chung J, McMurtray A. Lower Frequency of co-Morbid Medical Disorders Related to Poor Impulse Control in Parkinson's than Alzheimer's Disease. Curr Aging Sci, 2015 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26412353
  • Mehta BK, Kamal H, McMurtray A, Shafie M, Li P. Effect of Heparin on Recanalization in Acute Stroke Patients with Intra-Arterial Thrombi. Neurol Int, 2015;7:5807. doi: 10.4081/ni.2015.5807. PMID: 26487926
  • Saito E, Nagpal M, Leon A, Mehta B, McMurtray AM. Topographical congruence of calcified parenchymal neurocysticercosis and other structural brain lesions with epileptiform activity. Trop Parasitol, 2016;6(1):51-5. doi: 10.4103/2229-5070.175093. PMID: 26998434
  • Ekins S, Diaz N, Chung J, Mathews P, McMurtray A. Enabling Anyone to Translate Clinically Relevant Ideas to Therapies. Pharm Res. 2017 Jan;34(1):1-6. doi: 10.1007/s11095-016-2039-5. PMID:27620174
  • Riangwiwat T, Wu CY, Santos-Ocampo AS, Liu RJ, McMurtray AM, Nakamoto BK. CNS Vasculitis Associated with Waldenström Macroglobulinemia. Case Rep Neurol Med. 2016;2016:2510573. PMID: 27818812
  • Ekins S, Diaz N, Chung J, Mathews P, McMurtray A. Enabling Anyone to Translate Clinically Relevant Ideas to Therapies. Pharm Res. 2017;34(1):1-6. PMID: 27620174
  • Saito EK, Diaz N, Chung J, McMurtray A. Smoking history and Alzheimer’s disease risk in a community-based clinic population. J Educ Health Promot. 2017;6:24. PMID: 28584824
  • Ekins S, Mathews P, Saito EK, Diaz N, Naylor D, Chung J, McMurtray AM. Alpha-7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor inhibition by indinavir: implications for cognitive dysfunction in treated HIV disease. AIDS. 2017;31(8):1083-1089. PMID: 28358738
  • Saito EK, Mehta B, Wang F, Nakamoto B, McMurtray AM. Headaches are more common among epilepsy sufferers with neurocysticercosis than other structural brain lesions. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017;76(6):152-155. PMID: 28607832

Book Chapters

  • Mendez MF, McMurtray A. Delirium. In: Neurology in Clinical Practice (NICP), Bradley WG (Ed). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  • Valcour V, McMurtray A. Interactions between Advanced Age and HIV Cognitive Impairment. In HIV and the Brain: New challenges in the modern era. Edited by: Sacktor N, Toshima K, Paul R, Valcour V. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press, Inc.
  • Mendez MF, McMurtray AM. Neurodegenerative Disorders. In: Stress Consequences: Mental, Neuropsychological and socioeconomic, Fink G (Ed). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Academic Press.


  • McMurtray AM, Saito E, Perlman S. Neuropsychiatric and Cognitive Symptoms in Spinocerebellar Ataxia: Relationship to neuropathological differences. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 2008;4(3):157-161.


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