About Brian Nahed, MD, MSc

Dr. Brian Nahed is a neurosurgeon who specializes in Brain Tumors (Glioblastoma, Gliomas, Meningiomas, Metastatic Brain Tumors) and Spinal Disorders.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, MGH Brain Tumor Center and Harvard Medical School.   Visit my web page.

Patient appointments: 617-724-5805.   (Most appointments are same day / within 24 hours.)

Dr. Nahed specializes in brain tumors of the eloquent cortex (language and motor areas of the brain) which require awake surgery, language and motor mapping, and subcortical stimulation. Dr. Nahed specializes in intraoperative techonology and minimally invasive procedures to treat brain tumors aggressively and safely.

Born in New York, Dr. Nahed attended UCLA where he majored in Neuroscience, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with the department's Highest Honors. He attended the Yale School of Medicine where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and graduated with honors. Dr. Nahed completed his internship and neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital; where Dr. Nahed also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran in the MGH Cancer Center.

Dr. Brian Nahed was recruited to the MGH Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Center in 2011.  As an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brian Nahed's research focuses on developing the first blood based test to diagnose and monitor brain tumors. In collaboration with Drs. Haber, Maheswaran, and Stott, Dr. Nahed published the first evidence of circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with glioma.  Dr. Nahed hopes to provide patients and their clinicians with the first blood test for brain tumors.

Dr. Brian Nahed serves as the Associate Director of the MGH Neurosurgery Residency Program.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the CNS/AANS section on Tumors. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and  Council State Neurological Societies.  Dr. Nahed is focused on education and socioeconomic issues in neurosurgery. He also serves as a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League (NFL).

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Locations

Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-724-5805
Fax: 617-724-5806

Medical Education

  • MSC, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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Research

View my most recent research

Circulating Tumor Cells in Brain Tumor Patients and Blood Based Biomarkers for Brain Tumor Patients

Dr. Brian Nahed's research recently identified the first evidence of tumor cells in the blood of patients with brain tumors - a landmark finding which changes our understanding of brain tumors and the blood. Dr. Nahed and his colleagues developed the first device which they used to identify, capture, and analyze circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with brain cancer. Through a collaboration between bioengineers, molecular biologists and clinicians, a circulating tumor cell capture device was developed to capture and detect tumor cells from patients with cancer. Under the mentorship of Drs. Daniel Haber, Shyamala Maheswaran, and Mehmet Toner, they aim to harness this technology to genetically characterize tumor cells without needing an invasive biopsy, and determine responsiveness to targeted cancer drugs. It also offers the opportunity to study cancer stem cells or metastatic precursors, thought to be at the origin of cancer spread via the bloodstream, to define their molecular vulnerabilities and help design new therapies to prevent cancer metastasis. Dr. Nahed has joined Dr. Shannon Stott to develop the first clinical tool to identify and monitor brain tumor patients using a blood test - expanding on their individual work on circulating tumor cells and exosomes.

Dr. Nahed's research was recently published in Cancer Discovery and he is active enrolling patients in his translational clinical research study. More information about his research lab can found here.  Please contact him for any questions regarding his research or to inquire on how to enroll.

Publications

  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Dr. Brian Nahed has authored 126  publications in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters and blogs.
    Please refer to PubMed for a complete list of the publications.

    Dr. Brian Nahed has developed the first blood based test to diagnose brain tumors from patient's blood.  Together with Dr. Shannon Stott, their research lab is focused on developing a liquid biopsy for patients with brain tumors .  More information about the research can be found at the Brian Nahed Brain Tumor Research Lab Website or at www.briannahed.com