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Oaklander, Anne Louise, MD, PhD

  • Director, Nerve Unit
  • Director, Neurodiagnostic skin biopsy laboratory

617-726-8639

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Overview

Departments

Neurology

Clinical Interests
  • Peripheral Nerve Diseases
  • Sensory Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Skin biopsy for diagnosing neurological diseases
  • Pediatric Neuromuscular disorders
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency, University of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
Foreign Languages
  • French
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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 - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • 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
Adult and Pediatric
Gender
Female

Biography

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 & Publications

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/
Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. Oaklander AL, Herzog ZD, Downs HM, Klein MM. Objective evidence that small-fiber polyneuropathy underlies some illnesses currently labeled as fibromyalgia. Pain 2013.
  3. Oaklander AL, Klein MM. Evidence of small-fiber polyneuropathy in unexplained, juvenile-onset, widespread pain syndromes. Pediatrics 2013;131:e1091-e1100.

News & Events

  • Autoimmunity may underlie newly discovered painful nerve-damage disorder

    An analysis of the medical records of patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for an often-mysterious condition involving damage to small nerve fibers supports the hypothesis that some cases are caused by autoimmune disease and also identifies the first effective treatment option.

  • MGH study finds nerve damage in some fibromyalgia patients

    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).

  • Study finds evidence of nerve damage in around half of fibromyalgia patients

    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.

  • Nerve damage may underlie widespread, unexplained chronic pain in children

    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.

  • Not Your Typical Rash: Why Shingles Can't Be Taken Lightly

    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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Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-726-8639
Phone 2: 617-643-0601

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