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John (John) Herbert Growdon, MD

  • Director, Memory and Movement Disorders Unit


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Clinical Interests
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
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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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John Growdon is Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and attending neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He graduated from Northwestern University in 1960 with a BA in English Literature and obtained the MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965.  His post-graduate training was in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals (1965-69), in Neurology at the Massahcusetts General Hospital (1971-74) and in Neurochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975-1977).  Since 1982, he has directed the Memory and Movement Disorders Units at the Massachsuetts General Hospital, which provide diagnostic services and continuing care for individuals with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders, and for individuals with cognitive impairments and dementia, including Alzheimer disease.  

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Growdon founded the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center ( funded by the National Institute on Aging and currently serves as the Director of the Memory Disorders Unit, which is the clinical arm of the Center.  He is also Director of the Movement Disorders Unit, which is the clinical unit for the MGH Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson Disease Research funded by the National Institute for Neurologic Diseases and Stroke.  His research interests center on the clinical neurology and neuropharmacology of Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, along with efforts to uncover biologic markers of these disease that could lead to improved diagnostic accuracy and treatment. 


1.  Gomperts SN, Rentz DM,  Moran E, Becker JA, Locascio JJ, Klunk WE, Mathias CA, Elmaleh DR, Shoup T, Fischman AJ, Hyman BT, Growdon JH, Johnson KA.  Imaging amyloid deposition in Lewy body diseases.  Neurology 2008;71:903-910.

2.  Atri A, Shaughnessy LW, Locascio JJ, Growdon JH.  Long-term course and effectiveness of combination therapy in Alzheimer disease.  Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord  2008;22:209-222.

News & Events


  • Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.

  • Parkinson's Symposium at MIND- 2008

    Momentum in our Pursuit of Cures - Research advances in Parkinson's, Lewy Body dementia, and Parkinson's-Plus disorders. Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, Director, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), formerly Chief of Neurology Service.


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