Dr. Jeremy D. Schmahmann, MD – Bio

Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Ataxia Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Cerebellum Institute Director

The Director is recognized internationally as an expert on the cerebellum and anatomy of the brain. He pioneered the field of cerebellum and cognition, work for which he received the coveted Norman Geschwind prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology and the Behavioral Neurology Society in 2000. His anatomical studies have also provided new insights into the anatomy and function of the cerebral white matter in monkey and human (that allows different brain regions to communicate with each other), work that won the 2006 prize for the Best Publication in Medical Science from the American Association of Publishers. His studies have advanced the understanding of the anatomy and diseases of the cerebellum, neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, and the effects of damage to the white matter of the brain in diseases including traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. Dr. Schmahmann has been voted into Best Doctors in America since 1998. He is medical advisor to the New England chapter of the National Ataxia Foundation, and a member of the NAF scientific advisory board.

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION DEGREE

YEAR(s)

FIELD OF STUDY
University of Cape Town, South Africa M.B., Ch.B. 1980 Medicine
Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, S. Africa Intern

1981

Medicine and Surgery
Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA Resident

1982-1985

Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine Postdoctoral

1985-1988

Anatomy/Neurobiology

 

 

Positions

1988 – 1989 Assistant Professor in Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
1989 – 1991 Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, MA
1991 – 2012 Neurology Clerkship Director, MGH and HMS
1991 – 1998 Assistant Professor of Neurology, HMS; Assistant Neurologist, MGH
1994 – Director, Ataxia Unit, MGH
1999 – 2008 Associate Professor of Neurology, HMS; Associate Neurologist, MGH
2008 – Professor of Neurology, HMS; Neurologist, MGH

 

Honors and Awards

1980 – University of Cape Town: M.B.,Ch.B. with Honors, Distinction in Final Examination.
  – Wilfrid Exner Baumann Prize (Medicine), Nestle Prize (Pediatrics), Best Student in Final Year.
1987 – S. Weir Mitchell Honorable Mention, American Academy of Neurology.
1993, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008 – Nominated for Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School
1998
– Listed annually in “The Best Doctors in America”
2000 – Norman Geschwind Award for research in behavioral neurology; the Behavioral Neurology Society and American Academy of Neurology
2000-2002 – Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, President
2001
– Elected Member, American Neurological Association
2001 – 2006 – Section Editor (Cognition), The Cerebellum (Martin Dunitz, publisher)
2002
– Scholar, The Academy at Harvard Medical School
2005
– Elected Fellow, American Academy of Neurology
2006 – Scientific Advisory Board, National Ataxia Foundation
  – Medical Science Award, Professional & Scholarly Publishing division, Association of American Publishers, for Fiber Pathways of the Brain. Best book in the category of medical publications
2008 – Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award, American Neurological Association
  – MA degree, Honoris causae, Harvard University
  – Elected Fellow, American Neuropsychiatric Association
2009 – Norman Geschwind Visiting Professor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, HMS
2012 – Ronnie Mac Keith Guest Lecture, British Pediatric Neurology Association, Institute of Child Health, London, England
2013 – Harvard Medical School Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching
2014 – MGH Scientific Advisory Council Martin Prize for Clinical Research for Margolin et al., Ataxia, Dementia, and Hypogonadotropism Caused by Disordered Ubiquitination. N Engl J Med, 2013 May 23;368(21):1992-2003.
  – The George B. Murray Limbic Endowed Psychiatry Grand Rounds Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  – Benjamin Shapiro Lecturer, University of Minnesota Department of Neurology

 

1980                University of Cape Town

Graduated with Honors; Distinction in Final Professional Examination

Wilfrid Exner Baumann Prize, Best Student in Final Year

Nestlé Prize, Best Final Year Student in Pediatrics

1984                Resident Prize Winner, Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry

1985-1988       National Institutes of Health Training Grant

1987                American Academy of Neurology, S. Weir Mitchell Honorable Mention

1993                Harvard University, Milton Fund Award

1993, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008    

Harvard University – Nominee, Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Years 3 and 4)

1996-1997       Selected in “The Best Doctors in America, Northeast Region”, 1996-1997

1998-                              Selected in “The Best Doctors in America”, annually 1998 through 2011

                        McDonnell Pew Foundation Research Grant

                        National Library of Medicine Research Grant

2000                Norman Geschwind Prize for Behavioral Neurology Research, from the American Academy of Neurology and the Behavioral Neurology Society

2001                Massachusetts General Hospital – Partners in Excellence Award for patient care.

2002                Harvard Medical School, Scholar, The Academy at Harvard

Guy McKahn Lecture, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2003                Harvard Medical School – Certificate of Teaching Excellence in PD-II      

2005                American Academy of Neurology, Elected Fellow 

University of New Mexico, Visiting Professor, Distinguished Speaker Series,

Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Psychology, and MIND Institute

2006                Scientific Advisory Board Member, National Ataxia Foundation

2007                Medical Science Award, Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers, for Fiber Pathways of the Brain. Best book in the category of medical publications in 2006

                        Visiting Professor, Mayo Clinic Medical School

2008                Distinguished Teacher Award, American Neurological Association

                        American Neuropsychiatric Association, Elected Fellow

                        MA degree, Honoris causae, Harvard University

2009                Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2011                IDEAS in Psychiatry Visiting Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Robert G Heath MD Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

2012                Ronnie Mac Keith Guest Lecture, British Pediatric Neurology Association, Institute of Child Health, London, England

2013                Harvard Medical School Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

2014                MGH Scientific Advisory Council Martin Prize for Clinical Research for Margolin et al., Ataxia, Dementia, and Hypogonadotropism Caused by Disordered Ubiquitination. N Engl J Med, 2013 May 23;368(21):1992-2003.

                        The George B. Murray Limbic Endowed Psychiatry Grand Rounds Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

            Benjamin Shapiro Lecturer, University of Minnesota Department of Neurology

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