About Deborah Forst, MD

Dr. Forst obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After her Internal Medicine Internship at Baylor College of Medicine, she completed her neurology residency training in the Mass General Brigham Neurology Program (Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital), where she served as a Chief Resident during her final year of training.

Departments, Centers, & Programs:



Mass General Cancer Center: Neuro-Oncology
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5130

Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham
52 Second Ave.
Suite 1110
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-6100

Medical Education

  • MD, Baylor College Of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Dr. Forst’s research focuses on palliative and supportive care for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors, with particular interests in end-of-life care, prognostic understanding in patients and their family caregivers, and improving communication between neuro oncology patients and their clinicians.


  • Selected Publications

    Forst DA, Nahed BV, Loeffler JS, Batchelor TT. Low grade gliomas. Oncologist 2014; 19: 403-413.

    Kasenda B, Ferreri AJ, Marturano E, Forst D, Bromberg J, Ghesquieres H, Ferlay C, Blay JY, Hoang-Xuan K, Pulczynski EJ, Fosså A, Okoshi Y, Chiba S, Fritsch K, Omuro A, O'Neill BP, Bairey O, Schandelmaier S, Gloy V, Bhatnagar N, Haug S, Rahner S, Batchelor TT, Illerhaus G, Briel M. First-Line Treatment and Outcome of Elderly Patients with Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma (PCNSL) - A Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. Ann Oncol 2015 Jul;26(7):1305-13.

    McCray BA, Forst D, Jindal A, Henderson GV. A 57-year-old woman who developed acute amnesia following fever and upper respiratory symptoms. Neurology. 2015 Apr 7;84(14):e102-6.

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