Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Mass General Hospital

This Unit provides diagnosis and treatment for Frontotemporal Dementia and related disorders including Primary Progressive Aphasia, Semantic Dementia, Corticobasal Degeneration Syndrome, and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.


The Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital specializes in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for Frontotemporal focal dementia syndromes disorders.  Our aim is to develop better knowledge about and diagnosis and treatment of all forms of FTD and related focal dementia syndromes.

To find out more, please visit our new Web site at, or contact us at by email at or by telephone, call 617-726-5571.

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Memory Disorders Unit

Wang Ambulatory Care Center
8th Floor, Suite 835
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-1728
Fax: 617-726-4101

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

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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