Anne Oaklander, M.D., Ph.D.


Physician Investigator (Cl)
Neurology, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Associate Neurologist
Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
M.D.; Ph.D. Albert Einstein college of medicine 1987
complex regional pain syndrome; complex regional pain syndromes; erythromelalgia; fibromyalgia; herpes zoster; neuropathic itch; neuropathy; peripheral nervous system diseases; peripheral neuropathies; polyneuropathies; pruritus; reflex sympathetic dystrophy; shingles Dr. Oaklander is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Cornell University and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After neurology residency at UMDNJ, she undertook postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins and joined their Neurosurgery faculty until moving to MGH, where she attends for the neurology service and directs the neurodiagnostic skin-biopsy laboratory that diagnoses small-fiber polyneuropathy. Dr. Oaklander directs the Nerve Unit, an NIH, DoD, and foundation-funded laboratory that studies peripheral nerve problems. She is known for discoveries on complications of shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and small-fiber polyneuropathy.  She has more than 100 publications and serves on the editorial board of several journals. She is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. She serves on advisory and review panels for the NIH, the VA, and the Institute of Medicine.