About Nazem Atassi, MD

Dr. Nazem Atassi is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has completed Neurology training at Boston University Medical Center and Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials at MGH.

Dr. Atassi received his Masters of Medical Science in 2010 from Harvard Medical School. He serves on the executive committee of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), and he is the founder and Co-Chair of the Upper Motor Neuron and the Imaging committees at NEALS.

Dr. Atassi received several awards including the MIT 100K Life Science Award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Anne B. Young Translational Neuroscience Fellowship, and NIH K23 Career Development Award. He is completing Masters in Business Administration (MBA class 2019) at Sloan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has hands-on industry experience in designing and running multicenter clinical trials through his work as a medical monitor for Pfizer and Fellow at Biogen.

Dr. Atassi is the Primary Investigator for several research projects focusing on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis clinical trials, neuroimaging, and outcomes measures. His research is funded by the National Institute of Health, ALS Association, ALS Finding a Cure, ALS One Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center.

Dr. Atassi directs the NCRI Imaging core which leverages a world-class research imaging infrastructure available at Mass General  and apply these technologies to develop new ALS therapies. This Core is laser-focused on building novel imaging platforms that can measure the biological activity of experimental treatments in people living with ALS, leading to efficient clinical trial designs and accelerated pace of drug discovery.

He attends two clinics at MGH: ALS multidisciplinary clinic and Neuromuscular clinic.

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Mass General Neurology
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 855-644-6387

Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS
55 Fruit Street
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
8th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-3914

Medical Education

  • MD, Damascus Medical School
  • Residency, Boston Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Translational Research and Clinical Trials in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other Neurodegenerative Disorders.


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