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.

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

Learn about the criteria and required materials for each promotion rank here (login required):
We recommend that faculty up for promotion consult the Harvard Faculty of Medicine CV Guidelines and send CVs for pre-submission review by HMS prior to formal submission. To request a review, write to

Neurology HMS Promotion Committee

Steven Greenberg
Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD
Director, Hemorrhagic Stroke Research Program
Vice-Chair, Faculty Development and Promotions
John J. Conway Endowed Chair in Neurology
Craig Blackstone
Craig Blackstone, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chair of Neurology Research
Chief, Movement Disorders Division
William Curry
William Curry, MD
Chief Medical Officer of the MGH and the MGPO
Co-Director, Mass General Neuroscience
Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Marian DiFiglia
Marian DiFiglia, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Laboratory of Cellular Neurobiology, Mass General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
Teresa Gomez Isla
Teresa Gomez Isla, MD
Chief, Memory Disorders Division
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
John Growdon
John Growdon, MD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Founding Director, Movement Disorders Division
Elizabeth Klerman
Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Jeff Todd

Jeff Todd
Faculty Development Program Coordinator

Clinician-Educator Promotion Process

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


In addition to the mentorship resources from the Mass General Center for Faculty Development, the Department of Neurology offers two department-specific 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.

For more information about these awards, including how to nominate a mentor, visit the Neurology intranet (login required).

Raymond Adams Clinical Mentor Award

Jeremy Schmahmann, MD

2023 – Jeremy Schmahmann, MD
2022 – Kevin Staley, MD
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

Xandra Breakefield Research Mentor Award

Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, MD

2023 – Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, MD
2021 – Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD
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).