Craig Blackstone, MD, PhD, chief of the Movement Disorders Division at Mass General Hospital, was elected recently to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), a medical honor society of physicians who have outstanding credentials in basic or translational biomedical research. A maximum of 70 new members can be elected each year. There are approximately 1,200 total members nationwide.

Dr. Blackstone’s research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inherited movement disorders. He recently published research on the cellular use of endoplasmic reticulum to regulate organelle positioning. His findings suggest that small changes to molecular interaction within a cell help improve disease symptoms or prevent certain cancers and neurological diseases.

About Dr. Blackstone

Dr. Blackstone has been chief of the Movement Disorders Division at Mass General since 2020. Previously, he was Senior Investigator and Cell Biology Section Chief within the NINDS Neurogenetics Branch.

About the AAP

The Association of American Physicians (AAP) is an honorary medical society founded in 1885 by the Canadian physician Sir William Osler and six other distinguished physicians of his era for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” The overarching goals of the AAP include the promotion of professional and social interaction among biomedical scientists, the dissemination of important information related to biomedical science and teaching, the recognition of outstanding, diverse physician-scientists through membership and the establishment of role models to kindle new generations of high achievers in medicine and medical science. Learn more at