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 leads a clinical trial funded by the National MS Society on electronic pill bottle monitoring in multiple sclerosis and a safety study on the longterm impact of the new disease modifying therapies in all types of multiple sclerosis. She 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.  Her work includes collaborations throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America.  

Dr. Mateen is 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 currently 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. Dr. Mateen has traveled to >35 countries and published >140 academic manuscripts to advance neurological disease research and clinical care.

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Neurology Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-7565

Medical Education

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, The 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.