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Memory Disorders Division

The Memory Division provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia such as frontotemporal degeneration or Lewy Body dementia at specialized outpatient clinics: the Memory Disorders Unit (MDU), the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit (FTD), the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus clinic, and the Lewy body Dementia clinic. An MDU Spanish clinic is also in place in our Division to provide comprehensive care to our underserved and growing Latino community.

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Memory Disorders Unit: 617-726-1728

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Overview

Memory Division Clinicians

  • Mark W. Albers, MD, PhD
  • Steven E. Arnold, MD
  • Alessandro Biffi, MD
  • Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD
  • Thomas N. Byrne, MD
  • Jasmeer P. Chhatwal, MD, PhD
  • Adriana de Julio, MD
  • Bradford C. Dickerson, MD, MMSc
  • Mark C. Eldaief, MD
  • Rose Gallagher, RN, BSN
  • M. Teresa Gomez-Isla, MD, PhD
  • Stephen N. Gomperts, MD, PhD
  • John H. Growdon, MD
  • Bradley T. Hyman, MD, PhD
  • Raymond J. Kelleher III, MD, PhD
  • Cassandra (Cara) M. W. Lund LSW, MSW
  • Gad A. Marshall, MD
  • Jaya Padmanabhan, MD
  • David L. Perez, MD, Msc
  • Alberto Serrano-Pozo, MD, PhD
  • Saurabh Sharma, MD
  • Anand Viswanathan, MD, PhD

The Memory Division was established in 1982 when Dr. John H. Growdon first joined the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology and officially organized the current structure of the Division. Our main mission is to improve the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related forms of dementias -- with primary goals of finding effective treatments and eventual cures for these neurodegenerative diseases, and providing comprehensive care to patients and loved ones affected by such devastating disorders.

In 1984, Dr. Growdon also established our Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The Center, now located at the MGH and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, brings together a multidisciplinary team of biomedical, clinical science and behavioral scientists to conduct cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art settings, train the next generation of clinician-scientists, and conduct educational outreach to the public and underserved communities.

The current Director of the Memory Division and the Memory Disorders Unit is M. Teresa Gomez-Isla, MD, PhD. Dr. Gomez-Isla is the Anne B. Young, MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases at MGH & Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. The c urrent Director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit is Bradford C. Dickerson, MD, MMSc. Dr. Dickerson is the Tom Rickles Chair in Progressive Aphasia Research at MGH & Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

The current Director of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is Bradley T. Hyman, MD, PhD. Dr. Hyman is the John B. Penney, Jr. Professor of Neurology at MGH & Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

About

The Memory Disorders Unit and the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit are tertiary care outpatient clinics located on the eighth floor of the Wang Ambulatory Care Center (WACC) of the hospital. The units’ clinical staff consists of board-certified neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, nurses and social work resource specialists who are fluent in a variety of foreign languages, including French, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary translation and interpretation services in a variety of languages – including sign language – are provided by trained and certified personnel of the MGH Medical Interpreter Services at all times.

Patients of the Units are treated with compassionate, courteous and professional care throughout their diagnostic, consultation and follow-up treatment visits. We require that all patients attend their appointments with a close family member or an individual who can provide reliable information about them. The services that we provide include:

  • Comprehensive medical and neurologic assessment, diagnosis and follow-up on pharmacological interventions for dementia symptoms
  • Psychiatric evaluation, monitoring and referral to specialists on an “as-needed” basis
  • Referral to the MGH Psychology Assessment Center for neuropsychological examinations and follow-up evaluations
  • Referral to the MGH Genetics Program for genetic counseling for rare cases of inherited memory disorders
  • Support groups and social service consultations for family members and caregivers
  • Participation in cutting-edge clinical trials and observational studies conducted by the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Coordination with the MGH International Patient Center for patients from other countries who seek medical care at the MGH

Our Doctors

  • Albers, Mark W., MD, PhD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Memory disorders
    • Olfactory disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Arnold, Steven E., MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Biffi, Alessandro, MD

    617-726-2273

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Memory disorders
    • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
    • Cognitive/behavioral neurology
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Sleep disorders associated with neurological disorders
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Blacker, Deborah L., MD, SCD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Geriatric Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Byrne, Thomas Nilan, MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuroendocrine tumors
    • Meningiomas
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology & Stroke Services
    • Boston: Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
  • Chhatwal, Jasmeer P., MD, PhD

    617-724-6387

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Dickerson, Bradford Clark, MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Frontotemporal dementia
    • Primary Progressive Aphasia
    • Memory disorders
    • Posterior Cortical Atrophy
    • The interface of neurological and psychiatric illnesses
    • Alzheimer's disease
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Eldaief, Mark C., MD

    617-724-8639

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Frontotemporal dementia
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Gomez-Isla, Teresa, MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Memory disorders
    • Alzheimer's disease
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Gomperts, Stephen N., MD, PhD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Dementia with lewy bodies
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
    • Corticobasal ganglionic degeneration (CBD)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology & Stroke Services
  • Growdon, John Herbert, MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Alzheimer's disease
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Hyman, Bradley T., MD, PhD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Behavioral neurology
    • Memory disorders
    • Alzheimer's disease
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Kelleher, Raymond J., MD, PhD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Dementia
    • Memory disorders
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Marshall, Gad Asher, MD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Aging
    • Dementia
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Perez, David L., MD

    617-726-2273

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Behavioral neurology
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Frontotemporal dementia
    • Functional Neurological Disorder
    • Conversion Disorder
    • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
    • Functional Movement Disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Cognitive Behavioral Neurology Clinic
    • Boston: Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, Dept of Neurology
    • Boston: Neuropyschiatry Clinic, Dept of Psychiatry
  • Viswanathan, Anand, MD, PhD

    617-726-1728

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • CADASIL
    • Stroke
    • Memory disorders
    • Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates

Conditions & Diseases

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die, often resulting in symptoms such as impaired memory, thinking and behavior.

Patient FAQs

  • What happens in a new patient appointment and what can I expect?
  • Will I have testing the same day as my appointment?
  • Why does someone have to accompany me and why can’t I come alone?
  • How often will I have appointments?
  • Should I bring anything?
  • How long are the appointments?

Clinical Trials

Our clinician-scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the neurodegenerative diseases, but we will need to partner with our patients and research participants in order to discover effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Please click on the following links to learn more about our current research opportunities, or call 617-643-5200 to find out how you may join us in the fight against these pandemic brain diseases.

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Memory Disorders Unit

Wang Ambulatory Care Center

15 Parkman Street8th Floor, Suite 835 Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-1728
  • Fax: 617-726-4101

Memory Disorders Coordinators
Phone: 617-726-1728

Mailing Address
Department of Neurology
Memory Disorders Unit
Mailcode: WACC 715
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Patient Frequently Asked Questions 

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What happens in a new patient appointment/what can I expect?
During your new patient appointment you can expect a 75 minute consult consisting of reviewing history, discussion of what your concerns are, mini mental exams, creating a plan for moving forward,  The physician may order more in depth testing such as imaging (PET, MRI, etc) or Neuropsychological testing or a Spinal tap, or simply a follow up- which is determined on a case to case basis.

Why does someone have to accompany me/why can’t I come alone?
Because our patients come to clinic with questions of memory loss we do require someone accompany them to appointments and have a designated contact person.

How often will I have appointments?
After the first appointment the Doctor may order testing and we arrange a follow up to review the results, after that appointment most patients are seen every 6 months.

Will I have testing the same day as my appointment?
No. Typically the tests are scheduled for a later date. You may have blood drawn the same day, but that is typically all that is done the same day.

Should I bring anything?
If you have them, please bring any pertinent records, imaging discs, and a list of current medications.

How long are the appointments?
New patients: 75 minutes, resume 30 minutes
Follow up appointments: 45 minutes

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