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Eskandar, Emad Nader, MD

  • Director Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Director Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
  • Associate Professor - Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Emad Eskandar is a Neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in the treatment of Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Trigeminal Neuralgia, along with Brain and Spine Tumors



Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

  • Neuro-Oncology (Brain)

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Epilepsy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurological Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Arabic
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Emad Eskandar is a Neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his MD at the University of Southern California, and completed his residency training at MGH and Harvard. He is the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Residency Director at MGH.

Dr. Eskandar leads an active multidisciplinary program and collaborates closely with colleagues in Psychiatry, Neurology and Anesthesia. He specializes in employing cutting-edge surgical treatments for Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Pain, and severe Psychiatric Disorders. For example, Dr. Eskandar is currently employing, or investigating, the role of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of Pediatric Dystonia, Parkinson Disease, and Major Depression. In addition, Dr. Eskandar is involved in studying the role of implanted stimulators to treat epilepsy and stroke.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Eskandar heads an active basic research laboratory investigating the Basal Ganglia, a group of centrally located nuclei in the brain. The Basal Ganglia play a central role in learning, motivation, depression and drug addiction. His group uses microelectrode recordings and deep brain stimulation to evaluate the role of the basal ganglia in performing complex behavioral tasks. This is a unique approach in that ideas from the laboratory can quickly be tested in the clinical arena and vice-versa.

Dr. Eskandar has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Grass Neuroscience Fellowship and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School. He was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Scientist Early Career Award. In addition Dr. Eskandar has funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events


Neurosurgery, MGH
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-6590
Fax: 617-726-2424

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