Led by Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, Chief of Neurology at Mass General, and a recognized global leader in ALS research and treatment, the leadership team within the Department of Neurology is a dedicated group of physicians, scientists and administrators devoted to delivering exceptional patient care and accelerating the development of new treatments and cures for neurological disease.

Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc

Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc

Chief of Neurology, Mass General, Director of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General, Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Mass General Neurological Clinical Research Institute, Co-Founder and past Co-Chair of the Northeast ALS Consortium

In addition to her research and clinical activities dedicated to the study and treatment of people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), as Chief of Neurology, Dr. Cudkowicz sets the strategic agenda for the department, with a number one goal of increasing access for patients and delivering exceptional patient care.  In 2018 alone, Neurology clinicians served our patients through more than 50,000 inpatient admissions and office visits. Also under her leadership, the Neurology Service has grown to be the largest hospital-based neuroscience research program in the country.  


Lee H. Schwamm, MD

Lee H. Schwamm, MD

Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Director, Mass General Comprehensive Stroke Center, Director, Mass General Center for TeleHealth

As Executive Vice Chair, Dr. Lee Schwamm oversees all clinical activities. He also provides mentoring and support to the Division Chiefs who guide faculty in their clinical practice, educational initiatives, and research integration.


Andrew Cole, MD

Andrew Cole, MD

Vice Chair for External Affairs, Director, Mass General Epilepsy Service, Chief of the Division of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

As Vice Chair for External Affairs, Dr. Cole cultivates and fosters relationships and collaborations with Partners/Mass General clinical affiliates, other Academic Medical Centers/community hospitals, as well as industry.  Dr. Cole also chairs the standing Department search committee, developing innovative ways to attract and recruit top talent to our outstanding Department. 


Steven M. Greenberg MD, PhD

Steven M. Greenberg, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Vice Chair Faculty Development and Promotions, Director, Hemorrhagic Stroke Research Program, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

As Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions, Dr. Greenberg leads the promotion committee, serves as a key mentor to faculty and supports his colleagues through career development, while also developing new programs to promote faculty development and mentorship. 


Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD

Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Research, Director, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Physician-Investigator, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), John B. Penney, Jr. Professor of Neurology

Together with Dr. Tanzi, as a Co-Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Hyman leads the implementation of new initiatives that enhance translation of Mass General research to new therapies, keeps Mass General at the forefront of neuroscience research, promotes collaborations between clinicians and researchers, and continuously improves the work environment for our researchers.


Aneesh B. Singhal, MD

Aneesh B. Singhal, MD

Vice-Chair Quality-Safety, Neurology, Vascular Neurologist and Neurosonologist, Director, Stroke/Neuro-ICU Observership Program. 

In his role as Vice-Chair of Neurology - Quality and Safety, Dr. Singhal leads a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, case managers and therapists to address important quality initiatives, in addition to overseeing regulatory compliance and faculty re-credentialing.  He works closely with inpatient and outpatient leadership to provide our patients with the highest level of care.


Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Vice-Chair of Research, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

Together with Dr. Brad Hyman, as a Co-Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Tanzi leads the implementation of new initiatives that enhance translation of Mass General research to new therapies, keeps Mass General at the forefront of neuroscience research, promotes collaborations between clinicians and researchers, and continuously improves the work environment for our researchers.


Joan Sapir, EdM, MBA

Joan Sapir

Senior Vice President, Mass General and Mass General Physician’s Organization

As Senior Vice President, Joan collaborates with and provides leadership to the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Molecular Biology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. She also provides oversight and support to the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the MGH-Red Sox Home Base Program, the Lurie Center for Autism, MassGeneral Neuroscience, and the Center for Community Health Improvement.  Joan graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, completed an EdM. in Administration, Organizational Behavior and Social Policy at the Harvard School of Education, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Meg Kotarski, MBA

Executive Director, Neurology

As Executive Director, Meg is responsible for the clinical, research, human resource, operational, and financial management of the Department. She has extensive experience in clinical operations, process improvement, financial planning, training, administration, and business development in an academic hospital setting.  She holds a MBA with a concentration in health sector management from Boston University's Questrom School of Business, and BS in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University.