David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Research and Care at UCLA
710 Westwood Plaza, Room C-224
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769
Tel: (310) 794-3665
Email: neuroeaston@mednet.ucla.edu

UCLA Memory Clinic
Clinic Appts: (310) 794-1195 {Memory Evaluation}
Clinic Fax: (310) 794-7491


Bilingual English/Spanish


Dr. Sánchez holds a dual-appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Neurology Department and Geriatric Medicine Division. She is a bilingual (Spanish/English) board-certified geriatrician and fellowship trained in Behavioral Neurology with passion and expertise in cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases.

She received her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. She completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Thereafter, she completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), followed by a Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellowship at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After training, she worked as an Associate Medical Director at the Sutter Health Ray Dolby Brain Health Center in San Francisco, where alongside a multidisciplinary team, she evaluated and cared for patients with memory disorders.

In her role as a clinician-educator, she will provide care to patients with cognitive and behavioral changes in the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Care, including Memory Clinics at Westwood Neurology and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, as well as care for older adults in the inpatient geriatrics service at the Santa Monica Hospital. She is thrilled to be part of UCLA clinical and research efforts to support families and patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders.


Geriatrics, Behavioral Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Disorders, and Dementia.



ADRC - Clinical Core

Education and Degrees

M.D., Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Tijuana, México

Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency, Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

Fellowship, Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Fellowship, Behavioral Neurology Clinic, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

Geriatric Medicine


Rini J, Tsoy E, Peet B, Best J, Tanner J, Asken B, Sanchez A, Apple A, VandeVrede L, Stephens M, Erkkinen M, Kramer J, and Miller B. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Multidisciplinary Academic Telemedicine System for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Response to COVID-19. Neurol Clin Pract. 2022;12(6):e199-e209. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000200099. 
PMCID: PMC9757120

Palaiodimos L, Herman H, Wood E, Karamanis D, Martinez-Rodriguez C, Sanchez-Lopez, A, Ruderman E, Jang M, Fischer D, Huang H, Gadde U, and Leider J. Practices and Barriers in Sexual History Taking: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Public Adult Primary Care Clinic. The J Sex Med. 2020;17(8):1509-1519. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.05.004.
PMID: 32605821

Poster Presentations

Sanchez Lopez A, Chen D, Tsoy E, and Possin K. Cognition and functional disability associations in typical and atypical dementia syndromes. Presidential e-poster session at 2021 annual American Geriatrics Society (2021), Paper Abstract. J Am Geriatr Soc, 69: S221

Sanchez Lopez A and Fabiny A. Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of the Adult (LADA) in an octogenarian: case report. Presidential Poster session at 2019 annual American Geriatrics Society.(2019), Paper Abstract. J Am Geriatr Soc, 67: S1-S384. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15898

Sanchez Lopez A, Aleksandrovich T, Lai Q, and Mendez B. Hydralazine induced ANCA associated vasculitis in an octogenarian patient: case report. Presented at Society of Hospital Medicine Meeting 2018. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2018; April 8-11; Orlando, Fla. Abstract 831 https://shmabstracts.org/abstract/hydralazine-induced-anca-associated-vasculitis-in-an-octogenarian-patient/

Nguyen TH, Sung J, Sanchez Lopez A. Improving diabetes education in Primary Care: Quality Improvement Project. (May 2015) Presented at Milford Fulop Competition; Bronx, NY, USA.

Book chapters

Sanchez Lopez A, Miller B, and Mar M. (2021) Behavioral Neurology. In Lee A, Potter J, Harper GM. (Eds.) Geriatrics for Specialists, Second edition (pp. 339-354) Springer

Sanchez Lopez A, and Paniagua M. (2020). Chest pain. In Walter L, Chang A. (Eds.) Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Geriatrics, Third edition (pp. 562-566) McGraw Hill.

Oral presentations

What I wish I knew about cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease Zoom webinar for general audience. Community Health Resource Center - February/2022

Frailty in older adults and Social Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic Co-presenter for UCSF Geriatric psychiatry monthly rounds - January/2021

Embracing Cognitive Evaluation in Loving Dementia Care workshop for nursing and allied healthcare professionals caring for people with dementia. UCSF Memory and Aging Center - February/2020 & February 2021 (webinar)

Clinicopathological case conference “Breaking character” Memory and Aging Center - 2/2020

Development of a session to teach Geriatrics and Palliative Care fellows how to assess decision-making capacity in older adults: targeted needs assessment. 2019 UCSF Education Showcase, coordinated by the Center for Faculty Educators