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Kistler, J Philip, MD

  • Director, Stroke Service


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Stroke
  • Neurosonology
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke prevention
Medical Education
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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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 - 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
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • 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


Dr. Kistler was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2006. He was credited for the use of MRI imaging in cerebrovascular disease, which changed the practice of medicine. His more than 77 writings on acute stroke care have been published in many scientific reports. Being P.I. of the BAATAF trial, he provided critical data on the efficacy of warfarin for reducing risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

In August of 2006 The Kistler Stroke Research Center opened its doors. The center provides office space for Stroke Service research groups and is named for Dr. Kistler in recognition of his contributions to the MGH Neurology Service and the field of Stroke Neurology. Dr. Kistler served as the Director of the MGH Stroke Service from 1978 to 2004.


Neurology & Stroke Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8459
Fax: 617-726-5043

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