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Sevil Yasar, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, German, Hungarian


Dementia, Geriatric Medicine, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Research Interests

Dementia, Cognitive decline, Hydrocephalus, Pharmacoepidemiology

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-6337
5300 Alpha Commons Dr.
Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Fax: 410-550-5992

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-4059
301 Mason Lord Drive
Center for Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders, Suite 2100
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-4059 | Fax: 410-955-9126


1988-1992, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary.
1992-1996, Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2001-present, Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2012-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. more



  • MD, Semmelweis Medical University (1988)


  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Internal Medicine (1998)


  • National Institute of Drug Abuse / Pharmacology (1992)
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (2001)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2000)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Vitamin D, cognition, physical function

Selected Publications

Selected Publications/Peerreviewed articles

S. Yasar, M. Corrada, R. Brookmeyer and C. Kawas: Use of calcium channel blockers and the risks of developing Alzheimers disease and mortality: The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Neurobiol Aging 2005;2:157-63.

DJ. Doberman, S.Yasar, CS. Durso. Would You Refer this Patient to Hospice? An Evaluation of Tools for Determining Life Expectancy in End-Stage Dementia. J Palliat Med.2007;10:1410-9.

YJ. Cao, DE Mager, EM. Simonsick, SN. Hilmer, SM. Ling, BG. Windham, V. Crentsil, S. Yasar, LP. Fried, DR. Abernethy. Physical and cognitive performance and burden of anticholinergics, sedatives and ACE inhibitors in older women. Clin. Pharmacol. Ther, 2008; 83: 422-9.

JI. Barzilay, AL. Fitzpatrick, J. Luchsinger, S. Yasar, C. Bernick, NS. Jenny, LH. Kuller: Albuminuria and Dementia in the Elderly: A Community Study. Am J Kidney Dis, 2008; 52:216-26.

S. Yasar, J. Zhou, R. Varadhan, M. Carlson: The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and diuretics is associated with a reduced incidence of impairment on cognition in elderly women. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008; 84:119-26.

M. Scherma, J. Medalie, W. Fratta, S.K. Vadivel, A. Makriyannis, D. Piomelli, E. Mikics, J. Haller, S. Yasar, G. Tanda, S.R. Goldberg. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide has effects on motivation and anxiety that are revealed by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition. Neuropharmacol 2008;54:129-40.

C. Mazzola, J. Medalie, M. Scherma, LV Panlilio, M. Solinas, G. Tanda, F. Drago, JL Cadet, SR Goldberg, S. Yasar: Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition enhances memory acquisition through activation of PPAR-alpha nuclear receptors. Learning Memory 2009;16:332-7.

KM. Sink, X. Leng, J. Williamson, SB. Kritchevsky, K. Yaffe, L. Kuller, S. Yasar, H. Atkinson, M. Robbins, B. Psaty, DC. Goff, Jr. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Hypertension: Results from the Cardiovascular Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169:1195-202.

TE. Brinkley, JF. Lovato, CD Furberg, LH Kuller, GL. Burke, RL. Nahin, AM Arnold, OL Lopez, S. Yasar, JD. Williamson, for the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Investigators. Effect of Ginkgo biloba on blood pressure and incidence of hypertension in elderly men and women. Am J Hyperten. 2010;23:528-33.

LV. Panlilio, S. Yasar, EB. Thorndike, SR. Goldberg, CW Schindler. Automatic recording of mediating behavior in delayed matching- and nonmatching-to-position procedures in rats. Psychopharmacology, 2011; 214:495-504.

K. Bettermann, A. Arnold, J. Williamson, S. Rapp, K. Sink, A. Fitzpatrick, J. Toole, M. Carlson, S. Yasar, S. DeKosky, O. Lopez, G. Burke. Cognitive Function and statin use: The Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 2011; epub.

KM. Jung, G. Astarita, S. Yasar, E. Head, CW. Cotman, D. Piomelli. Deficits in anandamide signaling underlie cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimers Disease. Accepted Neurobiol Aging, 2011, epub.

S. Yasar, FM. Lin, LP. Fried, CH.. Kawas, KM. Sink, ST. DeKosky, MC. Carlson. Potassium Sparing Diuretic Use is Associated with Better Learning and Memory in Older Adults in the GEM Study. Accepted Alzheimers Dement, 2011.

S. Yasar, JY. Ko, S. Nothelle, MM. Mielke, MC. Carlson. Evaluation of the Effect of Systolic Blood Pressure and Pulse Pressure on Cognitive Function: The Womens Health and Aging Study II. PLoSONE, 2011; 6(12):e27976.

M. Mielke, V. Bandaru, J. Xia, NJ. Haughey, S. Yasar, M. Albert, V. Varma, G. Harris, E. Schneider, K. Bandeen-Roche, LP. Fried, CG. Lyketsos, MC. Carlson. Serum ceramides predict Alzheimers disease: The Womens Health and Aging Study II. Accepted Neurology, 2012.

Activities & Honors


  • Semmelweis University Award, 1987
  • Soros Travel Award, 1990
  • Fellows Travel Award, Hartford/AFAR, 2000
  • Young Investigator, Gordon Research Conferences, 2007


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