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Verne S. Caviness, MD, Dphil

  • Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Emeritus Director of Child Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital


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Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Developmental disorders
  • Neurology
  • Child neurology
  • Pediatric Neurology
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • DPHIL, Oxford University
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult
Provider Gender


VERNE S. CAVINESS, JR., MD, D Phil, Served as Director of the Division of Child Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from 1982-2007. Formerly the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, he is now the Giovanni Armenise Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. A native of Raleigh, NC, he received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his D Phil in experimental pathology from Oxford University. He trained in Internal Medicine and Neurology at MGH. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969 as Chief of Neurology at the USAF Hospital Tachikawa, Japan, and returned to the Department of Neurology at MGH, and to Harvard Medical School. He began investigative work in developmental neurobiology in the Department of Neuropathology with Professor Richard Sidman. The investigations focused upon the histogenesis of the cortical malformation in the reeler mutant mouse, normal forebrain histogenesis, developmental neuropathology and neural systems organization, which led to his work in Child Neurology and MRI based morphometric study of the human brain. During much of the time that he has directed Child Neurology he has served as Co-Director of research programs in Developmental Neurobiology and MRI-based brain imaging in the Department of Neurology at MGH. His bibliography in relation to these fields numbers more than 200 peer reviewed articles and dozens of review articles. Dr. Caviness has also been active in the clinical and teaching programs of Adult and Child Neurology and Pediatrics at Mass General and is currently attending physician on the major in-patient and outpatient services of both Adult and Child Neurology. View biographical timeline

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Volumetric imaging of human brain based upon MRI
Development of the Cerebral Cortex

News & Events


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Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-726-1813
Phone 2: 617-726-6093
Fax: 617-726-2353

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