Aaron Berkowitz
Aaron Lee Berkowitz, M.D.,PH.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

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Brigham and Women's Hospital

Neurology

75 Francis St

Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Berkowitz is the founding director of the global neurology program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medial School, Health and Policy Advisor in Neurology to the NGO Partners In Health, and a neurology consultant to Doctors Without Borders, Indian Health Services at Navajo Nation, and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. In these roles he has collaborated in the development of the first neurology training program in Haiti and a community-based model for epilepsy care and provider education in rural Haiti in collaboration with Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante; taught courses for providers on neurologic care in resource-limited settings in Haiti, Malawi, Navajo Nation, and the Boston correctional system; developed a certificate program in global and humanitarian neurology for neurology residents in the Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital neurology residency program; provides teleconsultation to providers in humanitarian crisis zones through Doctors Without Borders; and precepts residents in a volunteer neurology clinic for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. His humanitarian work has been recognized by the Mridha Spirit of Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation in 2018 and the BWPO Community Service Award in 2016. He currently serves as the current vice chair of the global health section of the American Academy of Neurology.

His writing on neurology and global health has been published in journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Bulletin of the WHO, and Neurology, and he has written chapters on the management of neurologic disease in resource-limited settings for Samuels Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics and the forthcoming first edition of the Oxford Handbook for Humanitarian Medicine. He has also written two textbooks for medical students - Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A Localization-Based Approach and Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple - and one book on the neuroscience of musical creativity- The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment.

A committed educator, Dr. Berkowitz co-directs the Mind/Brain/Behavior course at Harvard Medical School and the neurology clerkship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and has been awarded the Donald O'Hara Award for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Berkowitz completed his BA and BS at George Washington University, his PhD at Harvard University, his MD at Johns Hopkins University, and his neurology residency at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident.

Antiepileptic Drug Management in Hospitalized Epilepsy Patients With Nil Per Os Diets: A Retrospective Review.
Authors: Authors: Bank AM, Lee JW, Ehlert AN, Berkowitz AL.
Neurohospitalist
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Cephalosporin neurotoxicity: An overlooked cause of toxic-metabolic encephalopathy.
Authors: Authors: Bhattacharyya S, Berkowitz AL.
J Neurol Sci
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Development of a neurology training program in Haiti.
Authors: Authors: Israel K, Strander SM, Pierre S, Martineau L, Morse ME, Berkowitz AL.
Neurology
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Patterns of Hydrocephalus in Rural Haiti: A Computed Tomography-Based Study.
Authors: Authors: Barthélemy EJ, Valtis YK, Cochran MF, Martineau L, Park K, Mendel JB, Warf B, Berkowitz AL.
World Neurosurg
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Tetanus, Botulism, and Diphtheria.
Authors: Authors: Berkowitz AL.
Continuum (Minneap Minn)
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The Many Faces of Neurocysticercosis.
Authors: Authors: Raibagkar P, Berkowitz AL.
J Neurol Sci
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Improvement of distal acquired demyelinating symmetric (DADS) neuropathy after exposure to factor Xa inhibitor.
Authors: Authors: Lizarraga AA, Cochrane TI, Berkowitz AL.
J Neurol Sci
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Clinical Reasoning: A 48-year-old woman with confusion, personality change, and multiple enhancing brain lesions.
Authors: Authors: Hillis JM, Ruan AB, Lazarus JE, Montgomery MW, Berkowitz AL.
Neurology
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Diagnosing and caring for MS in Haiti.
Authors: Authors: Waubant E, Berkowitz A, Giovannoni G, Hawkes C, Levy M.
Mult Scler Relat Disord
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Neurology Training Worldwide.
Authors: Authors: Hillis JM, Berkowitz AL.
Semin Neurol
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