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David W. Chen, MD

  • Associate Director, Adult Neurology Clinic


Accepting New Patients




Clinical Interests
  • Neurology
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Pain Medicine
Foreign Languages
  • American Sign Language
  • Taiwanese
  • 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 - 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 - 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

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

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Dr. David Chen attended college and medical school at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.  He obtained undergraduate degrees in the study of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (B.A.) as well as in Neuroscience (B.S.). In medical school, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society and won the Bryce Collier prize for his medical relief work in Jamaica. He was an intern in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and did his neurology residency at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is boarded-certified in Neurology as well as board-certified in Pain.  He is also certified in Headache Medicine by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties.

Dr. Chen's research focuses on he interactions of the nervous and immune system. He completed a fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander looking at various human models of nerve injury pain. He has particular interests in headache and migraine, shingles, trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain disorders, complex regional pain syndrome and has lectured on all of these subjects.

Dr. Chen serves as the associate director of the outpatient Neurology Clinics at MGH as well as the director of the Neurology Urgent Access Clinic.


Neurology & Stroke Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-726-8639
Phone 2: 617-724-6387
Fax: 617-726-6991

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