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Michael (Michael) J. Whalen, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital






Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Gene transfer
  • Traumatic injuries
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Residency, Medical College Virginia Hospitals
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • 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 - ACD
  • 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 - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • 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

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Whalen's laboratory investigates causes and treatments for acute brain injury in children with mouse models and molecular and cell biology. The laboratory studies mechanisms of concussion, brain contusion, and intracerebral hemorrhage (a type of stroke) in pediatric and adult models.  We focus on how inflammation drives neurological outcome in these models in order to discover new treatments to improve neurological outcome in children and adults with brain injury.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Research of Michael Whalen

    Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Currently, therapy for childhood TBI is focused on controlling intracranial hypertension and minimizing secondary brain injury that may occur with hypotension, hypoxemia, seizures, fever, and other physiological insults.


Pediatric Critical Care Unit
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-4380
Fax: 617-724-4391

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