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Panelist: Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD
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Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD

Associate Neurologist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Oaklander is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who specializes in peripheral nerve, spinal cord, and neuropathic pain disorders.  An attending neurologist at MGH, she also directs the JC-accredited neurodiagnostic skin-biopsy service.  Dr. Oaklander directs a federally-funded research laboratory that characterizes neurological causes of chronic pain and itch.  She is known for discoveries on postherpetic neuralgia and itch after shingles and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  Small-fiber polyneuropathies are another research focus. 

Dr. Oaklander majored in neuroscience at Cornell University then received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees (Neuroscience) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After neurology residency at UMDNJ and fellowships in peripheral nerve and pain at Johns Hopkins, she joined Hopkins’ Neurosurgery faculty until moving to Mass. General in 1998.  She is board certified in Neurology and Pain.

Dr. Oaklander has more than 100 publications and serves on the editorial board of the journals PAIN and Neurology Today.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the American Neurological Association, and a Scientific Advisory Board member for the RSDSA Foundation.  She is named in America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Physicians, and US News and World Report.  She has served on advisory and review panels for the NIH, the VA, the FDA, and the Institute of Medicine.  

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