Dr. Riley Bove is a practicing neurologist and a researcher in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Broadly, Dr. Bove's research is dedicated to finding new ways to promote neurological recovery in people with MS, including through emerging technologies and hormonal modulation. In the technology space, she studies how best to develop, deploy and test digital tools (smartphones, videos, telemedicine, wearables and other sensor-based tools) to characterize, monitor and improve function and to engage more diverse individuals in research and care. In the reproductive space, she studies how to improve neurological outcomes and patient experiences during reproductive transitions such as pregnancy and menopause. Her research is supported by the NIH, Department of Defense, National MS Society, and foundations and industry sources.
Dr. Bove graduated Phi Beta Kappa in anthropology from Harvard College, then took several years to travel the world on a Fulbright grant, learning from patients and families through ethnographic study and film work. She received her MD and MMSc from Harvard Medical School. She completed a neurology residency in the Massachusetts General/Brigham Hospitals program, followed by a clinical research fellowship at the Partners MS Center. Dr. Bove is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
At UCSF, Dr. Bove is co-PI of the BRIDGE precision medicine program and founding Director of the NIH-supported Sex and Gender Enriched (SAGE) Neurology program. She contributes to global neurology and equity initiatives through the Global Teleneurology Service and the BALANCE program. She is committed to training the next generation of clinicians and scientists, and mentors students, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in a variety of individualized clinical and training plans.
Dr. Bove sees patients in the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center where she provides comprehensive care for individuals with MS that is informed by their sex, gender, reproductive goals, and more broadly, by their life phase and goals. She speaks French, Spanish and some Portuguese.