About Alice Flaherty, MD, PhD

Dr. Alice Flaherty is a neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of both neurology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

She heads MGH Neurology's Brain Stimulator Unit, and treats patients with movement, mood, and psychogenic disorders. She was the site principle investigator for the trial of the first successful genetic treatment of Parkinson's Disease. While still a resident she wrote The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Neurology. It received a national award for its innovative approach, has been multiply translated, and remains by far the most widely used neurology text in its class.

During her research fellowship, she wrote The Midnight Disease, an award-winning nonfiction book about the neural basis of creativity. The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the best books of 2004. Her work on this subject has been featured in publications ranging from The New Yorker to Brazilian business magazines to a photo-essay in National Geographic.

As a clinician, Dr. Flaherty was honored by the Schwartz Center's statewide Compassionate Caregiver program. Through teaching at Harvard and MIT, Dr. Flaherty helps students to better accept and overcome their own mental health problems. A strong media advocate for the abilities of the mentally and neurologically ill, she has appeared as an expert on documentaries and news stories for the ABC, BBC, CBC, NBC, and PBS, as well as productions in Japan, Germany, and the Middle East.

Dr. Flaherty completed her AB, MD, internship, residency, and fellowship at Harvard. In an attempt at diversity, she also did a PhD at MIT.

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Neurology Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-5532
Fax: 617-726-4101

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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View my most recent research

Dr. Flaherty's research focuses on how our brains represent our bodies, a factor that helps drive suffering in depression, Parkinson's, and somatoform disorders.


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

      1. Brain illness and creativity: mechanisms and treatment risks. Flaherty AW. Can J Psychiatry. 2011 Mar;56(3):132-43. PMID: 21443820
      2. VIM Thalamic Stimulation for Monoclonal Gammopathy-Associated Tremor. Shields DC, Flaherty AW, Eskandar EN, Williams ZM. Neurosurgery. 2011 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21311371