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David Norman Caplan, MD, PhD

  • Director, Cognitive Behavior Neurology Clinic, MGH


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Behavioral neurology
  • Language disorders
  • Alzheimer's disease
Medical Education
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MD, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency, Longwood Rehabilitation Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
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
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


My subspeciality is Cognitive Disorders, especially language disorders

Research & Publications

Research Summary

My research is on syntactic processing in sentence comprehension, using fMRI, MEG and morphometric analysis of lesions in correlation studies with task performance in nuerologically intact individuals and individuals with neurological disease.

  • Caplan, D. (2006). fMRI studies of syntactic processing, Current Medical Imaging Reviews,
  • Caplan, D. (2007). Functional neuroimaging studies of syntactic processing in sentence comprehension: A critical selective review. Language and Linguistic Compass, 1, 3247.
  • Caplan, D. (2009) Experimental Design and Interpretation of Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Cognitive Processes, Human Brain Mapping, 30, 59-77
  • Caplan, D (2010) BOLD signal correlates of implicit syntactic processing and their implications for effects of task on parsing and interpretation, Language and Cognitive Processes


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