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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Neurology Associates - Nerve Unit
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Medical Education

  • MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency, New Jersey Medical School GME-UMDNJ
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Selected Publications

    Oaklander AL, Nolano M. Scientific advances in and clinical approaches to small-fiber polyneuropathy. JAMA Neurology, 2019;76:1240-1251. PMID: 31498378

    Oaklander AL, Gimigliano F. Are the treatments for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) effective and safe? - A Cochrane Overview summary with commentary. NeuroRehabilitation 2019;44:609-612. PMID: 31256085

    Steinhoff M, Schmelz M, Szabó, IL, Oaklander AL. Clinical presentation, management, and pathophysiology of neuropathic itch. The Lancet Neurology, 2018:17;709-720. PMID: 30033061

    Farhad, K, Oaklander AL. Fibromyalgia and small-fiber polyneuropathy:  What’s in a name? Muscle & Nerve, June 25, 2018, DOI 10.1002/mus.26179