Dr. Lauren McCollum is a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow in the Penn Memory Center. She received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She remained in Philadelphia for an Internal Medicine internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, followed by Neurology residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, her research focus was on metaphor comprehension under the mentorship of Anjan Chatterjee, MD, and during residency she researched abnormal eating behaviors and other clinical findings in progranulin-associated frontotemporal dementia in collaboration with David Irwin, MD. Now that she is part of the Penn Memory Center, Dr. McCollum is undertaking research in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Before beginning her medical career, her main interest was in writing poetry, and she possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University in Creative Writing – Poetry. Dr. McCollum endeavors to apply the creativity, compassion, and communication abilities that she honed on her non-traditional path to medicine as she engages in the care of patients and their families in the Penn Memory Center.
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