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Merit Ester Cudkowicz, MD

  • Chief, Neurology Department
  • Director, Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS
  • Director, Neurological Clinical Research Institute

Overview

Dr. Cudkowicz is a neurologist who specializes in the care of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She is actively pursuing research to discover new treatments for people with ALS and related disorders.

Departments

Neurology

Clinical Interests
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Clinical research
  • Experimental therapeutics
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
Foreign Languages
  • Italian
Locations
  • 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 - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • 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

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Patient Age Group
Adult
Provider Gender
Female

Biography

Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is the Director of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS, Chief of Neurology at Mass General, Director of Neurological Clinical Research Institute and the Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cudkowicz’s research and clinical activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Dr. Cudkowicz is one of the founders and former co-chairs of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), a group of over 120 clinical sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East dedicated to performing collaborative clinical trials and research in ALS. She has brought innovations to accelerate the development of treatments for people with ALS, including senior role in first antisense oligonucleotide treatment for a neurological disorder (SOD1 ALS), adaptive trial designs, central IRB - all with goal to bring the best treatments rapidly.  Dr. Cudkowicz is Principle Investigator of the Clinical Coordination Center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Neurology Network of Excellence in Clinical Trials (NeuroNEXT). 

Dr. Cudkowicz received the American Academy of Neurology 2009 Sheila Essay ALS award, the 2017 Forbes Norris Award from the International MND Alliance and the 2017 Pinnacle Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerces. A dedicated educator, Dr. Cudkowicz mentors many young neurologists in clinical investigation of ALS and related neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Cudkowicz completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained a medical degree in the Health Science and Technology program of Harvard Medical School. She served her internship at Beth Israel Hospital in New York and her neurology residency and fellowship at MGH. She also obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

My research activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological disorders. As Director of the MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and the Principal Investigator for the NINDS supported NeuroNEXT Clinical Coordinating center (www.neuronext.org), I help design clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of therapies that have shown promise in preclinical studies. In ALS, I co-founded an international consortium to test novel therapies in ALS, the Northeast ALS (NEALS) consortium. The NEALS consortium consists of over 100 clinical sites in the United States and Canada dedicated to performing joint academic led clinical trials in ALS. We completed several multi-center clinical trials in ALS. We are leading several new trials in ALS. There is a critical need in neurology for highly trained clinical investigators who work collaboratively with basic scientists to develop new therapeutic strategies. Through NeuroNEXT, I help investigators design clinical trials and learn how to lead multicenter clinical research studies.

Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

Multimedia

  • Respiratory Assistance Video

    A video for ALS patients discussing and demonstrating uses of bipap and cough assist machines.

  • Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part II

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on ALS, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease

  • Ceftriaxone Trial Video

    A video explaining the design and scientific rationale behind the Clinical Trial of Ceftriaxone in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

  • The Clinical Trial of Ceftriaxone in ALS

    A webinar recording explaining the design and scientific rationale behind the Clinical Trial of Ceftriaxone in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Contact

Neurology Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-3914
Fax: 617-643-9861

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