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Jeremiah M. Scharf, MD, PhD

Director, Neurology Tic Disorders Clinic

  • Phone: 855-644-6387
Departments
Department of Neurology

Specialties

  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Tourette Syndrome/Tic Disorders
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Tic disorders
Movement disorders
Tourette syndrome
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Gender
Male
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Yes

Biography

Dr. Scharf is a behavioral neurologist and tic disorder specialist as well as a clinical researcher in molecular genetics. He completed his B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University, where he studied neurogenetics under Dr. Louis Kunkel. Following his neurology residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals, Dr. Scharf completed subspecialty training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry at the Brigham Behavioral Neurology Group as well as a research fellowship in the PNGU under Dr. David Pauls. He specializes clinically in disorders that lie at the interface between neurology and psychiatry, particularly in Tourette Syndrome (TS) and related conditions. His research efforts focus on the genetic underpinnings of TS as well as exploration of heritable subphenotypes of this disorder that might prove useful for future research studies and clinical trials. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the TSA International Consortium for Genetics (TSAICG), a team of clinicians and molecular geneticists dedicated to identifying susceptibility genes for TS. Dr. Scharf has received research grants from the Tourette Syndrome Association, American Academy of Neurology Foundation and the National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH).

First genome-wide association studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome published

Two papers that will appear in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, both receiving advance online release, may help identify gene variants that contribute to the risks of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder or Tourette syndrome.

Genetic analysis reveals novel insights into the genetic architecture of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome

An international research consortium led by investigators at MGH and the University of Chicago has answered several questions about the genetic background of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome, providing the first direct confirmation that both are highly heritable and also revealing major differences between the underlying genetic makeup of the disorders.

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