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Jeremiah M. Scharf, MD, PhD

  • Director, Neurology Tic Disorders Clinic


Accepting New Patients


To make an appointment in the Tourette Syndrome/Tic Disorders Clinic, call Matthew Kaufman at 617-726-5532.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Tic disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • learning
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult


Dr. Scharf is a behavioral neurologist and tic disorder specialist as well as a clinical researcher in molecular genetics. He received his B.S. from Yale University, his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University. Following neurology residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals, Dr. Scharf completed subspecialty training in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry at BWH and a research fellowship at the MGH Psychiatric Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Dr. Scharf specializes clinically in disorders that lie at the interface between neurology and psychiatry, particularly Tourette Syndrome (TS) and related conditions. Along with Dr. Sabine Wilhelm in MGH Psychiatry, he co-directs the TS Center of Excellence to provide inter-disciplinary care for patients with tic disorders. He also supervises fellows in adult and pediatric movement disorders and behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry to train them in diagnosis and management of these conditions.

Dr. Scharf's research efforts focus on genetic and non-genetic factors that predispose individuals to TS and its co-occurring conditions, including OCD, ADHD, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Using various genetic approaches, Dr. Scharf and his collaborators aim to understand how genetic variation contributes to TS and related disorders which may provide novel insight into disease biology and ultimately lead to improved prognosis and treatment. He co-chairs the TAA International Consortium for Genetics, a team of clinicians and geneticists dedicated to identifying TS susceptibility genes. Dr. Scharf has received grants from the Tourette Association of America, the American Brain Foundation, the TLC Foundation for BFRBs, as well as NINDS, NIMH, and NHGRI.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-5532
Fax: 617-726-4101

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