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Meet Jonathan Liss of Columbus Memory Center in Columbus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Liss.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jonathan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in New York, raised in Hollywood California, met my wife in Columbus, Ohio and now live in Columbus, GA. As a teenager, I volunteered at a UCLA research center in an effort to help young surgeons perfect their skills and eventually helped their transplant team become one of the first liver transplant centers in the world. My family was/is involved in show business. As I watched my older siblings bounce from nearly famous to anonymous and back again, I decided that I would like to have a more stable profession. Thus, I attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and then returned to California for my residency in Neurology. I graduated as Chief Resident from the University of California, San Diego. I then accepted a job with Columbus Clinic, in Columbus, GA before opening my own practice and the Columbus Memory Center and Research Foundation. I have been married for 27 years and have two adult children. My daughter, Hannah, is a dental student at NYU and my son is in school at UGA with plans to attend Law School. My wife, Lisa, is a multicultural educator with a specialty in Spanish. She now works full time for the Columbus Memory Center.

Has it been a smooth road?
While I have had to learn many new phrases, traditions, and cuisine items, the south has opened its arms warmly to my family and me.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I moved from San Diego, California to Columbus, GA in 1995 to practice Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Additionally, I have been a long time medical scientist/researcher. This combination of attributes has enabled me to bring world class memory research to Columbus, GA that has attracted many people from Atlanta, Florida, and South Carolina along with local residents. The Columbus Memory Center has become a world leader in clinical Alzheimer’s research and has been featured in articles by WebMD and AARP. In April, 2017, the Columbus Memory Center, in association with city government and the Alzheimer’s Association, launched a first-in-the-world initiative to test every senior for memory loss and cognitive deficits. Funded by the Columbus Memory Center, it is a free service that allows us to give back to the community, and to set a global standard for cognitive screening. To do this, Columbus Memory Center introduced the “Memory Number” to the vocabulary of both the world research community and every day citizens. Over a three year period it is hoped that up to 20,000 seniors will take advantage of this free service. With seventeen current clinical research trials, including opportunities for participation in Alzheimer’s prevention, the Deep South is helping to set the standard for scientific advancement.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Atlanta and outlying communities like Columbus are great places to stake a claim. Opportunity is around every corner. A bright and hard working person can find great success.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Columbus Memory Center
    7196 North Lake Dr.
    Columbus, GA 31909
  • Phone:706-327-4000
  • Facebook:Columbus Memory Center
  • Twitter:@JLissMD

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