About Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School

Associate in Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology),
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Oaklander is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Cornell University and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After neurology residency at UMDNJ, she undertook postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins and joined their Neurosurgery faculty until moving to MGH, where she attends for the neurology service and directs the neurodiagnostic skin-biopsy laboratory that diagnoses small-fiber polyneuropathy. Dr. Oaklander directs the Nerve Unit, an NIH, DoD, and foundation-funded laboratory that studies peripheral nerve problems. She is known for discoveries on complications of shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and small-fiber polyneuropathy.  She has more than 100 publications and serves on the editorial board of several journals. She is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. She serves on advisory and review panels for the NIH, the VA, and the Institute of Medicine.

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Mass General Neurology
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 855-644-6387

Medical Education

  • M.D.; Ph.D., Albert Einstein college of medicine
  • Residency, New Jersey Medical School GME-UMDNJ
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital***

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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  • Selected Publications

    Faignart N, Nguyen KH, Soroken C, Poloni C, Downs HM, Laubscher B, Korff C, Oaklander AL*, Roulet Perez E* (2020). Acute monophasic erythromelalgia in five children diagnosed as small-fiber neuropathy. Eur J Pediatric Neurology.

    Kelley M, Oaklander AL Association of small-fiber polyneuropathy with 3 previously unassociated rare missense SCN9A variants. Can J Pain, 2020;4:19-29, DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2020.1712652

    Oaklander AL, Sharma S, Kessler K, Price BH. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder: A special sense neuropathy. PAIN Reports, 2020.

    Fridman V, Suriyanarayanan S, Novak P, David WS, Macklin E, McKenna-Yasek D, Walsh K, Aziz-Bose R, Oaklander AL, Brown RH, Hornemann T, Eichler F. Randomized Trial of L-Serine in Patients with Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy Type 1. Neurology, 2019;92:e1-e12. PMID: 30626650

    Liu X#, Treister R#, Lang M#, Oaklander AL. IVIg for apparently autoimmune small-fiber polyneuropathy: First analysis of efficacy and safety. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders 2018;11:1-12. PMID: 29403541

    * indicates shared first or last authorship,  # indicates a formally mentored co-author

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