About Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD

Farrah J. Mateen, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. 

She is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada where she received her medical degree (2005).  She pursued adult neurology training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2009) and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard University (2008).  Dr. Mateen's clinical and research fellowship training in neuroimmunology and neurological infections was at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (2012), supported by the American Brain Foundation.  Dr. Mateen completed her doctoral studies in International Health at the Johns Hopkins University (2014) as a Sommer Scholar.  

Dr. Mateen's clinical practice is dedicated to multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica where she enjoys seeing patients with diagnostically and therapeutically complex conditions. She is interested in longterm safety and emerging therapies for MS and NMO. She also performs research on MS, NMO, and related demyelinating diseases including radiologically isolated syndrome (RIS).

Dr. Mateen is principal investigator of the Guinea Epilepsy Project, a multi-country study of a smartphone-based electroencephalogram (EEG) and the MAMBO trial (Measuring Ambulation Motor and Behavioral Outcomes) in Tanzania, funded through the of the National Institutes of Health and others.  She has a sustained interest in neurological disorders in refugees and asylum seekers.  

Dr. Mateen is a current member and past chair of the American Neurological Association's International Outreach Committee and of the American Academy of Neurology's Global Health Section (2014-2016) and Ethics Section (2011-2013).  She is a member of the AAN Working Group on Refugees and Asylum Seekers and on the steering committee of trims.online. She has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Health Organization, Polio Eradication Initiative, and several NGOs. Her work includes collaborations throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.  Dr. Mateen has published >150 academic manuscripts to advance neurological disease research and clinical care.

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Medical Education

  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital***

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Dr. Mateen performs research dedicated to the understanding of:  (1) Multiple sclerosis and related central nervous system demyelinating diseases to study new treatments and biomarkers for patients ; and  (2)  Neurological diseases from a global health perspective with a focus on resource-limited settings.  

Dr. Mateen's longterm research goal is to advance neurological care through low-cost, evidence-based interventions, informed by detailed clinical-epidemiological research.  


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