Soo Borson, Developer of the Mini-Cog™
Soo Borson MD is a physician and researcher specializing in dementia. She formerly directed the Memory Disorders Clinic and Dementia Health Services Research Group at the University of Washington, where she was Professor in the School of Medicine and a member of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She created and, with her team at UW, systematically validated the Mini-Cog™, a simple tool to improve detection of cognitive impairment. The Mini-Cog™ has been endorsed in a technology assessment by the National Institute on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is supported by a specific electronic medical record code to facilitate capture of data about cognitive status in administrative health data. This is a remarkable step toward developing a population-based approach to dementia care and realizing a fundamental aim of the US National Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease. The Mini-Cog™ has been widely adopted as a preferred measure for detection of cognitive impairment in clinical practice, including in the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. In addition to her research and scholarly work, Dr. Borson has long been committed to interprofessional mentoring, teaching, and service and to national and international efforts to improve dementia care quality.