Paolo Vitali, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Paolo Vitali



6875 Boulevard Lasalle Montréal, QC H4H 1R3

 Bureau:McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging

Associated Resarcher, Douglas Research Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University
Neurologist, Alzheimer Disease Research Unit, CIUSSS Ouest-de-‘Île-de-Montréal

Groupe thématique: Vieillissement, cognition et maladie d'Alzheimer
Division: Recherche clinique


Dr Paolo Vitali is a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine. He is a board-certified neurologist (FRCPC) and registered neuropsychologist (Ordre des psychologues du Québec). He is staff neurologist at the CIUSSS Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and associate neurologist at McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging.


Dr. Vitali is a board-certified neurologist and neuropsychologist. He is neurologist at the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging.

Dr. Vitali obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy, in 2004 and in Biomedical Sciences (Neuropsychology) from Université de Montréal in 2007. His research focus was on language disorders (aphasia) and cerebral plasticity following brain damage as measured by neuroimaging techniques. Since 2005, he has been a registered neuropsychologist with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. After graduating from the Medical School of Université Laval in 2010, he completed a residency program in Neurology at Université de Montréal and a PGY6 training in electromyography at McGill (2015). During his clinical training in neurology, he continued his research training. As part of his residency program he completed a two-month research fellowship at the Memory and Aging Center (UCSF-San Francisco) working on the identification of early-affected brain regions responsible for language deficits in atypical forms of dementia, and a six-month research rotation at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging working on the physiopathological mechanisms underlying dementia. His research training was funded by the FRQS in 2015. He has also collaborated in research studies funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Vitali is currently involved in the assessment and follow-up of patients presenting with neurodegenerative diseases, especially atypical dementia presenting with language impairments. He is an investigator in clinical trials for Alzheimer. He is also a clinical supervisor of PhD students in neuropsychology.

Areas of expertise:

Dementia, neuropsychology, aphasia, biomarkers