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Brian V. Nahed, MD MSC specializes in the surgical treatment of brain tumors and spinal disorders. Dr. Nahed focuses on glioblastoma, gliomas (low grade and high grade), metastatic brain tumors, and meningiomas. Dr. Brian Nahed specializes in brain tumors of the language and motor cortex requiring awake surgery, language and motor mapping, and subcortical stimulation. Using intraoperative MRI, CT, and ultrasound, Dr. Nahed uses real-time imaging to maximize the removal of brain tumors. Dr. Brian Nahed leads a research team at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center which has identified the first evidence of brain tumor cells in the blood of patients with glioblastoma.  Dr. Nahed is currently enrolling patients to diagnose and monitor patients with brain tumors using a blood-based test.


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Education & Training

Born in New York, Dr. Brian Nahed graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Los Angeles where he was awarded the prestigious Neuroscience Departmental Highest Honors and named the UCLA Bruin of the Year. He attended the Yale School of Medicine where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Award to study the genetics of intracranial aneurysms. 

Dr. Brian Nahed completed his Internship and Neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During his time at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Brian Nahed completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran, studying circulating tumor cells in brain tumor patients to develop a new device to capture and identify circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with brain tumors.

Dr. Brian Nahed completed his chief residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Neurosurgery, and served as the director of the North Nuerosurgical Service. Dr. Nahed also completed a complex spine fellowship with Dr. Eric Woodard and obtained a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He was recruited to The Massachusetts General Hospital to specialize in brain tumors, particularly gliomas, metastatic tumors, and meningiomas, and to expand his research to develop the first clinical blood based tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with brain tumors. 


Dr. Brian Nahed is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain Tumor Center and the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology.  He is a teaching faculty member of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nahed is the Associate Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency Program.

Dr. Nahed serves on several national committees and is an active member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Tumors for the AANS/CNS. He has served as the lead author on several clinical guidelines for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Brian Nahed serves on the editorial board and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr.  Brian Nahed serves as a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League.


Phone: 617-724-5805
Fax: 617-724-5806


MGH Brain Tumor Center

Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology

Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit St, Yawkey 9E

Boston, MA, 02114

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