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Verne S. (Verne) Caviness, Jr., MD, DPHL

Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Emeritus Director of Child Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

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

Specialties

  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
General adult neurology
General child neurology
Developmental disorders
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
DPHIL, Oxford University
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Gender
Male
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Foreign Languages
French
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Yes

BiographyVERNE S. CAVINESS, JR., MD, D Phil, Served as Director of the Division of Child Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from 1982-2007. Formerly the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, he is now the Giovanni Armenise Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. A native of Raleigh, NC, he received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his D Phil in experimental pathology from Oxford University. He trained in Internal Medicine and Neurology at MGH. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969 as Chief of Neurology at the USAF Hospital Tachikawa, Japan, and returned to the Department of Neurology at MGH, and to Harvard Medical School. He began investigative work in developmental neurobiology in the Department of Neuropathology with Professor Richard Sidman. The investigations focused upon the histogenesis of the cortical malformation in the reeler mutant mouse, normal forebrain histogenesis, developmental neuropathology and neural systems organization, which led to his work in Child Neurology and MRI based morphometric study of the human brain. During much of the time that he has directed Child Neurology he has served as Co-Director of research programs in Developmental Neurobiology and MRI-based brain imaging in the Department of Neurology at MGH. His bibliography in relation to these fields numbers more than 200 peer reviewed articles and dozens of review articles. Dr. Caviness has also been active in the clinical and teaching programs of Adult and Child Neurology and Pediatrics at Mass General and is currently attending physician on the major in-patient and outpatient services of both Adult and Child Neurology. View biographical timeline

ResearchVolumetric imaging of human brain based upon MRI
Development of the Cerebral Cortex

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