Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, MD

Trained in psychiatry at the Institute of Living, a Yale Affiliate Hospital; in Neurology at University of Southern California (USC); and in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation at the prestigious Rancho Los Amigos Hospital; Dr. Vincent Fortanasce is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at USC, a renowned bio-ethicist, author, and radio show host with twenty years experience dealing with medical issues on a national and international level. His rehabilitation center was ranked in the top 10 on the West Coast in 2003, and Dr. Fortanasce was selected as in the top 100 physicians in Los Angeles County and Best Physicians in the USA. Over the past decade, he has treated such notables as the Dali Lama and Pope John Paul II, Tommy Lasorda and Sylvester Stallone.

(L to R) Dr. Purino & Dr. Fortanasce

(L to R) Dr. Purino & Dr. Fortanasce

Dr. Fortanasce’s career is multifaceted having been a noted athlete and inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame with other notables such as President George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, and actors Kevin Costner and Tom Selleck. As an Olympic athlete, Dr. Fortanasce was a gold medal winner in the 1961 Junior Olympics. Also, he was a black belt international champion in karate, a member of the varsity wrestling and baseball team at Seton Hall, a tennis singles champion at Yale Medical, and a tennis doubles champion at USC Medical.

Dr. Fortanasce has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Diane Sawyer Show with Mel Gibson, CNNs Paula Zahn NOW, the Charles Grodin Show (debating Jack Kevorkian), Hard Ball with Chris Matthews, the Dr. Phil Show, Dateline, the Today Show, and ABC national news, as well as numerous cable and local programs. Frequently sought out as a medical expert, Dr. Fortanasce is a regular spokesperson for the California Medical Association at the Senate and Legislature assemblies. He’s been quoted in an assortment of publications including The New Yorker, Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Review, USA Today, U. S. News and World Report, Sports Illustrated, and other well-respected newspapers and magazines. Dr. Fortanasce’s worldwide syndicated radio program, St. Joseph’s Radio Presents, Mother Angelica Network EWTN, has an audience of more than 170,000 and is heard throughout most of the United States, Canada, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, MD

Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, MD

As an empathetic voice of reason in the debate over end of life issues, Dr. Fortanasce recently talked to the nation about the highly controversial stem cell debate in a televised interview for ABC national news, which was shown primetime on January 4, 2007. Drawing on a diverse background, including neurology, psychiatry, and brain rehabilitation, Dr. Fortanasce has been a Rehabilitation Director for twenty-five years and is an assistant professor for both the School of Biokinesiology and the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California (USC).

As a board certified neurological rehabilitation specialist (board certified 1992, 77th neurologist to be certified in the United States), Dr. Fortanasce has also served as Director of the San Gabriel Valley Hospital Unit under Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles. He’s lectured widely from the Institute of Living at Yale to schools across the nation and was twice named Outstanding Lecturer of the Year at University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Fortanasce has published numerous articles in professional and medical journals, along with writing six successful trade books: The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription (Penguin), End Back & Neck Pain (Human Kinetics), Life Lessons from Little League with Orel Hershiser (Doubleday), Life Lessons from Soccer (Simon & Schuster), the American Youth Soccer Official Organizational Handbook (Simon & Schuster), and Life Lessons from Little League Revisited with commentary from Tommy Lasorda and a forward by Mike Scoscia, manager of the world champion 2002 Angels (Doubleday).

Dr. Fortanasce with Medical Student John Realyvasquez

Dr. Fortanasce with Medical Student John Realyvasquez

Finally, Dr. Fortanasce is a compassionate husband, father, and healthcare specialist who has personally experienced the agony of Alzheimer’s disease in his own family. His father died from Alzheimer’s disease; his mother (age 99) is successfully fighting the disease. He is one of the few medical authorities who can give this brain-robbing disease a clear reality check, blending his years of academia and clinical experience with real-world insight gained while coping with his own father’s dementia and his mother’s cognitive decline. His profound interest in improving the lives of the elderly has led him to protect “the right to life,” with persuasive and empathetic appearances about aging and Alzheimer’s disease on television and radio, in public debates, in lectures, and at private gatherings.


  • Certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 1978
  • Board Equivalency Training Psychiatry, 1977
  • AAEMG Association, July 1978, Active Member 2000
  • American Neurophysiology Association, 1984
  • Qualified Medical Examiner Certified, September 1991
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator QME #905157
  • Academy of Neurology Recognition Certification for Education, 1991, (CLERC)
  • Board Certified Neuro Rehabilitation by the American Society of Neuro Rehabilitation Certified Member No. 77, September 28, 1992
  • American College of Forensic Examiner’s Board Certified, 1996
  • American College of Forensic Medicine, 1996, Active Member of American EMG Society
  • Board of Sleep Medicine, 2009


  • 1971: Awarded Outstanding Intern of the Year, Cornell Affiliate Nassau Hospital, New York
  • 1986: Outstanding Lecturer of the Year, University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • 1986: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of Southern California, Department of Family Practice
  • 1988: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of Southern California, Department of Medicine
  • 1988: Outstanding Lecturer of the Year, USC Family Practice
  • 1996-1997: USC Steering Committee on Youth and Sport Member
  • 1997: Panel Expert on Youth Media and Violence
  • 1997: Named LA Magazine’s “One of the Best Doctors in Los Angeles”
  • 1998: Named “Best Doctors in America”
  • 1999: Alpha Award for Medicine – Outstanding community service award
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011: Best Doctors in Pasadena


  • Los Angeles Psychiatric Association – Active
  • American Association of Biofeedback Clinicians, 1978
  • Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1978 to Present
  • Southern California Psychiatric Association Member, 1980
  • American Psychiatric Association General Member, March 1981
  • American Geriatric Society, 1985
  • SALFRNS Collegium U.S.C., California School of Medicine, 1986
  • American Academy of Clinical neuropsychology-Active Member, 1987
  • American Alzheimer’s Association – 2006
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation-Certified Member No. 77, September 28, 1992
  • American College of Legal Medicine, August, 1992
  • American Medical Association – Active
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association – Active
  • American Association for Study of Headaches – Active
  • New York Academy of Science – Active
  • American Electromyography and Electroencephalography
  • Association – Active Member
  • California Medical Association – Active
  • California Neurologic Association – Active


  • Vincent Fortanasce, MD at EWTN June 2015

    Vincent Fortanasce, MD at EWTN June 2015

    March 16, 1998 – The White House (Washington), Letter of Commendation, Bill Clinton (President of the United States of America)

  • May 3, 1998 – Governor of California Highest Standards of Quality in the Practice of Medicine and Service to community, Governor Pete Wilson
  • April 20, 1998 – U.S.C. Health Affairs Personal Recognition Letter, Joseph P. Van Der Meulen, Vice President of Health Affairs, U.S.C.
  • April 30, 1998 – United States Senate Letter of Congratulations and Recognition for Community Service, Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
  • May 3, 1998 – United States Senate Letter of Congratulations and Recognition for Community Service, Barbara Boxer, United States Senator
  • May 3, 1998 – Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of a Lifetime of Distinguished Service, Barbara Boxer, United States Senator
  • May 3, 1998 – State of California State Certificate of Recognition in Honor of Outstanding Dedication to the Community, Dick Mountjoy, Senator, 29th District
  • May 3, 1998 – County of Los Angeles commendation and Recognition of Dedicated Service to the Affairs of the Community of Los Angeles County, Michael Antonovich, Supervisor, 5th District
  • May 3, 1998 – Congress of the United States special Recognition Award, David Drier, Member of Congress
  • May 13, 1998 – Order of Merit by Alpha Auxillary Methodist Hospital Foundation
  • May 1999 – Los Angeles county Board of Ethic for County Bar Association and Los Angeles Medical Association
  • May 1999 – California Medical Association and Angeles Medical Association Spokesman to the California State Assembly on AB 1592
  • Supreme Court Case – Wendland Florence vs. Rose – Expert witness and Bioethicist for Florence on behalf of sustaining life 6-0 decision on behalf of Florence
  • 2002 – Active Member, Knights of Malta
  • 2005 – Active Member, Legatus
  • 2006 – Board of Directors, National Catholic Bioethics Center


  • 1961- Gold Medal U.S. Jr. Olympics weightlifting
  • 1961- Eastern State Weightlifting Champion and Best Lifter Award
  • 1962- 2nd in North American Weightlifting Championship
  • 1963 & 1964 – Seton Hall Wrestling Team
  • 1964- Olympic Trials – Weightlifting
  • 1964- Seton Hall Baseball
  • 1966 & 1968 – Italian national Weightlifting Champion
  • 1972- Medical Yale Singles Champion, Tennis
  • 1977- U.S.C. Medical Doubles Champion, Tennis
  • 1980- National Medical Association Tennis Champion Doubles