To complement the hospital-wide resources from the Mass General Center for Faculty Development, the Department of Neurology supports faculty career development in several different ways, including formal mentorship programs and logistical help with both the Harvard Medical School and Clinician-Educator promotion processes.

Harvard Medical School Promotion Process

The Neurology HMS Promotion Committee reviews candidates moving to Assistant Professor (local or regional reputation/recognition), Associate Professor (national or international reputation/recognition) or Professor (national or international leadership). The criteria for this review are described in the HMS Governance, Appointment and Promotion Handbook.

The materials required for promotion candidacy are:

We recommend that faculty up for promotion send CVs for pre-submission review by HMS prior to formal submission. To request a review, write to

If you are interested in an Instructor appointment, please contact Laurie Ozelius.

Neurology HMS Promotion Committee

Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD
Director, Hemorrhagic Stroke Research Program
Vice-Chair, Faculty Development and Promotions
John J. Conway Endowed Chair in Neurology
Xandra Breakefield, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
William Curry, MD
Co-Director, Mass General Neuroscience
Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Marian DiFiglia, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Laboratory of Cellular Neurobiology, Mass General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
Theresa Gomez Isla, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
John Growdon, MD
Director, Memory and Movement Disorders Unit
Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Clinician-Educator Promotion Process

For information about the clinician-educator promotion process, visit the Neurology department intranet (login required).


To celebrate and encourage mentorship, we offer two Mentor of the Year awards. The Ray Adams Clinical Mentor Award for outstanding faculty mentoring in Clinical Expertise and Innovation and the Xandra Breakefield Research Mentor Award for mentoring in Investigation are awarded on an annual basis to two faculty members nominated for their exceptional mentoring.

See below for a list of our previous award winners. For more information about these awards, including how to nominate a mentor, visit the Neurology intranet (login required).

Scott Plotkin, MD, PhD

Raymond Adams Clinical Mentor Award

2021 – Scott Plotkin, MD, PhD
2020 – James Berry, MD
2019 – Lee Schwamm, MD
2018 – Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH
2017 – Natalia Rost, MD
2016 – Katherine Sims, MD
2015 – John Growdon, MD

Brad Dickerson, MD

Xandra Breakefield Research Mentor Award

2021 – Brad Dickerson, MD
2020 – Cenk Ayata, MD
2019 – Eng Lo, PhD
2018 – Bakhos Tannous, PhD
2017 – Sydney Cash, MD, PhD
2016 – Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc
2015 – Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD

Internal Mentorship Resources

Faculty and staff can access Mentor Monthly newsletter archives, more detailed resources and more information on the Neurology intranet (login required).