Ed Zamrini, MD, a neurologist with expertise in cognitive and geriatric neurology, joined Banner Research as director of the memory center at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in July 2015. Dr. Zamrini joins the team from University of Utah, where he served as a professor of neurology.
He has 25 years of expertise in the study of the brain and memory, while also teaching at various universities and participating in review boards. He earned a doctor of medicine from American University of Beirut, located in Beirut, London.
Ming-Jai Liu, MD, PharmD, joined Banner Sun Health Research Institute on July 1, 2015. Dr. Liu is a board-certified neurologist specializing in the care of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He recently completed two years of specialty training as the Evlyn Kossak Movement Disorders Fellow, under the guidance of Dr. Abraham Lieberman, at the prestigious Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
He comes with experience in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential or familial tremor, Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, ataxia and dystonia; treating some of these disorders with deep brain stimulation (DBS) and Botulinum toxins. Prior to his fellowship, he obtained both his Pharm.D. and MD at the University of New Mexico and completed neurology residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
David Shprecher, DO, MS, is a neurologist and serves as Banner's Movement Disorders Program Director, overseeing patient care and clinical research studies. He specializes in diagnosis, treatment and research for movement disorders including Parkinson disease, tics and Tourette syndrome, Huntington disease, dystonia, tardive dyskinesia, tremor, progressive supranuclear palsy, and multiple system atrophy.
Dr. Shprecher completed a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Neurology residency at the University of Utah. He completed his movement disorders/experimental therapeutics fellowship and Masters in Clinical Investigation at the University of Rochester.
Previously, Dr. Shprecher mentored numerous students and trainees while serving as Movement Disorders Division Chief at the University of Utah. Inspired by personal experience as an individual with Tourette syndrome, he has dedicated his career to improving treatment options and quality of life for movement disorder patients. His work with the Brain and Body Donation Program is aimed at improving early diagnosis of Parkinson's and related diseases. The ultimate goal: to develop a treatment that can prevent these illnesses entirely.
Peter Taylor, DO, MA, is joining the research institute as a geriatric psychiatrist. Previously, he served as an associate professor at University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry and as staff psychiatrist at New Mexico VA Healthcare System.
Dr. Taylor has accumulated six years of experience in the mental health field. He earned his doctorate of osteopathic medicine and his master’s degree in bioethics at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, before completing his general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Marina Reade, DNP, FNP, a nurse practitioner, joined Banner Sun Health Research Institute in January 2015 as a provider in the memory center. She has 14 years of experience in the fields of oncology, bone marrow transplant, acute rehabilitation, neurology and research. Reade earned her doctorate at the University of Arizona, and she is passionate about providing dementia care and education.