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Brian V. Nahed, MD, MSC

Neurosurgical Oncology

Neurosurgical Spinal Disorders

Mass General Brain Tumor Center

Dr. Brian Nahed specializes in Brain Tumors (Glioblastoma, Gliomas, Meningiomas, and Metastatic Brain Tumors) and Spinal Disorders. He is an Assistant Professor and Neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery and Pappas Center for Neurooncology.

Department of Neurosurgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Neuro-Oncology (Brain)
Clinical Interests
Brain Tumors (Gliomas and Glioblastoma)
Metastatic Brain Tumors ( Melanoma, Lung, Breast, etc)
Awake and Language Mapping Craniotomy
Benign and malignant brain tumors
Degenerative spinal conditions
Spinal Tumor (Primary and Metastatic)
Healthcare outcomes and cost-effectiveness
Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration
Cervical myelopathy
Lumbar stenosis
Brain tumor
Spine Surgery: disc excision, laminectomy, fusions
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
M.Sc., Harvard School of Public Health
MD, Yale University School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Brian Nahed specializes on brain tumors (glioblastoma, gliomas, metastatic brain tumors, and meningiomas) as well as Spinal Disorders.

He was born in New York. He attended University of California at Los Angeles where he majored in Neuroscience, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the Yale School of Medicine where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship to study the genetics of intrancranial aneurysms. He completed internship and neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran.

Dr. Nahed joined the MGH Department of Neurosurgery and the Brain Tumor Center in 2011.  He is an assistant professor and teaching faculty member of Harvard Medical School. 
Dr. Brian Nahed's research focuses on circulating brain tumor cells and metastatic disease. In collaboration with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran, Dr. Nahed's research has received several grants and awards and has been presented at national conferences.  Dr. Nahed is actively enrolling patients with brain tumors into his translational clinical research study.  This work was recently published in Cancer Discovery.

Dr. Brian Nahed is a member of the 
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and serves on national committees for the Tumor Section and Council of State Neurological Surgeons. He serves as a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League (NFL).


Circulating Brain Tumor Cells
Metastatic Disease of the Brain and Spine

Dr. Brian Nahed's research focuses on identifying and analyzing circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with brain cancer. Through a collaboration between bioengineers, molecular biologists and clinicians, a circulating tumor cell capture device was developed to capture and detect tumor cells from patients with cancer. Under the mentorship of Drs. Daniel Haber, Shyamala Maheswaran, and Mehmet Toner, they aim to harness this technology to genetically characterize tumor cells without needing an invasive biopsy, and determine responsiveness to targeted cancer drugs. It also offers the opportunity to study cancer stem cells or @ metastasis precursors, thought to be at the origin of cancer spread via the bloodstream, to define their molecular vulnerabilities and help design new therapies to prevent cancer metastasis.

Dr. Nahed's research was recently published in Cancer Discovery and he is active enrolling patients in his translational clinical research study.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

85 peer-reviewed publications to date.  Please refer to pub med link for articles.

Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey 9E
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-5805
Fax: 617-724-5806