- Clinical Interests
- Peripheral Nerve Diseases
- Sensory Peripheral Neuropathy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Skin biopsy for diagnosing neurological diseases
- Medical Education
- MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Residency, University of Medicine & Dentistry
- Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Board Certifications
- Foreign Languages
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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- Aetna Health Inc.
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- Adult and Pediatric
Associate Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School
Associate in Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology),
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Oaklander is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Cornell University and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After neurology residency at UMDNJ, she undertook postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins and joined their Neurosurgery faculty until moving to MGH, where she attends for the neurology service and directs the neurodiagnostic skin-biopsy laboratory that diagnoses small-fiber polyneuropathy. Dr. Oaklander directs the Nerve Unit, an NIH, DoD, and foundation-funded laboratory that studies peripheral nerve problems. She is known for discoveries on complications of shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and small-fiber polyneuropathy. She has more than 100 publications and serves on the editorial board of several journals. She is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. She serves on advisory and review panels for the NIH, the VA, and the Institute of Medicine.
Visit her Neuropathy Commons website.
- Research Summary
- Find research articles about Dr. Oaklander's fibromyalgia research on PubMed.
Research summary and information for patients: http://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/assets/fms_for%20FMS%20patients.doc
News media reports about Dr. Oaklander's research and Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH): http://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/news/newsCoverageNeurology.aspx
Neurology news from MGH: http://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/news/
- Albrecht PJ, Hou Q, Argoff CE, Storey JR, Wymer JP, Rice FL. Excessive peptidergic sensory innervation of cutaneous arteriole-venule shunts (AVS) in the palmar glabrous skin of fibromyalgia patients: Implications for widespread deep tissue pain and fatigue. Pain Med 2013;14:895-915.
- Amato AA, Oaklander AL. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Weekly clinicopathological exercises. Case 16-2004. A 76-year-old woman with numbness and pain in the feet and legs. N Engl J Med 2004;350:2181-2189.
- England JD, Gronseth GS, Franklin G, Carter GT, Kinsella LJ, Cohen JA, Asbury AK, Szigeti K, Lupski JR, Latov N, Lewis RA, Low PA, Fisher MA, Herrmann DN, Howard JF, Jr., Lauria G, Miller RG, Polydefkis M, Sumner AJ. Practice Parameter: Evaluation of distal symmetric polyneuropathy: role of autonomic testing, nerve biopsy, and skin biopsy (an evidence-based review). Report of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Neurology 2009;72:177-184.
- Oaklander AL, Herzog ZD, Downs HM, Klein MM. Objective evidence that small-fiber polyneuropathy underlies some illnesses currently labeled as fibromyalgia. Pain 2013.
- Oaklander AL, Klein MM. Evidence of small-fiber polyneuropathy in unexplained, juvenile-onset, widespread pain syndromes. Pediatrics 2013;131:e1091-e1100.
About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).
About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy, a disorder that sometimes can be treated.
Study finds that most of a group of young patients seen at Mass General for chronic, unexplained pain had test results indicating small-fiber polyneuropathy, a condition not previously reported in children.
Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, associate professor of Neurology, says shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a serious neurological complication in which pain lingers in an area of previous shingles long after the rash heals, cannot be taken lightly. PHN can last for months or years and is a source of severe and disabling pain, particularly for older patients.
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