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Emad Nader Eskandar, MD

Director Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Director Neurosurgery Residency Training Program

Associate Professor - Harvard Medical Scholl

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

  • Phone: 617-724-6590
Department of Neurosurgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Neuro-Oncology (Brain)
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Neurosurgery
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Dystonia / Ataxia
  • Epilepsy Service
Clinical Interests
Trigeminal neuralgia
Brain and spinal cord tumors
Movement disorders
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Emad Eskandar is a Neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Associate 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.


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 theories of learning, motivation, depression and drug addiction. His group uses microelectrode and electrochemical recordings to evaluate the role of the basal ganglia in both primates and humans performing complex behavioral tasks. The group also uses electrical stimulation to directly modulate neuronal activity during complex behaviors. 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).

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Neurosurgery, MGH
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-6590
Fax: 617-726-2424

Neurosurgery, MGH
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-6590
Fax: 617-726-2424

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