Michael A. Moskowitz, MD

Title:Professor, Neuroscientist
Company: Harvard Medical School
Location: Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

Michael A. Moskowitz, Professor and Neurologist at Harvard Medical School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neurology and education.

Intrigued by the possibility of improving the practice of medicine in a more impactful way, Dr. Moskowitz has pursued translational research for more than 50 years. He believed it possible to improve brain health using models similar to the L-DOPA therapy developed for Parkinson’s disease in the 1960s, and hoped to come to a better understanding of disease and drug development for the benefit of millions of patients. His time in the laboratory brought him in close contact with the younger generations, as well as with other physicists, mathematicians, and engineers. He quickly came to see that the most effective way to solve problems, particularly in the brain sciences, is to collaborate. He also found he really enjoyed teaching and he found it remarkable to watch students destined for greatness coming into their own.

Dr. Moskowitz was inspired to pursue medicine by a desire to become a physician and help the unwell. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from John Hopkins University in 1964 and an MD from Tufts University in 1968. He then proceeded to intern in the Department of Medicine at Yale University from 1968 to 1969, and completed a residency at the school from 1969 to 1971. During his postgraduate training, he developed an interest in going beyond medicine into research of the brain. Dr. Moskowitz spent the next three years as a resident in neurology at the Peter Bent Brigham Children’s Hospital, and became a diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is licensed to practice medicine in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Dr. Moskowitz currently serves as a professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He has been with the school since 1975 in roles like assistant professor and associate professor, and has seen much success. Among his achievements are conducting research in neuroscience and neurology literature, including strokes and migraines, discovering the sensory innervation to the Circle of Willis, the basis for new migraine treatments, and the triggering of the trigeminovascular innervation by intense neuronal and glial activity, and being a patentee in his field. His laboratory was also the first to identify the neuronal 5HT receptor subtypes for abortive anti-migraine drugs. Dr. Moskowitz detailed his findings in more than 680 articles in professional journals.

In recognition of his success, Dr. Moskowitz earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism in 2013, a William Silen Award, for mentoring from Harvard Medical School in 2007, the MGH Interdepartmental Stroke Center at Harvard Medical School Director in 1987-2006, the Arnold Friedman Award from the American Headache Society, the Thomas Willis Award from the American Stroke Association in 2006, and the C. Miller Fisher Award from the American Stroke Association in 2005. He was also honored with the John Graham Award from AASH, the Zülch Prize from the Max-Planck Society, the Enrico Greppi Award from the Italian Neurology Society, and the Teacher-Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke. Furthermore, Dr. Moskowitz has been the recipient of a neuroscience research grant from Bristol Myers Squibb, as well as of numerous research grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Looking to the future, Dr. Moskowitz hopes to be remembered as both an internationally recognized medical researcher with good ideas and data that moved the migraine and stroke fields, and as a strong and caring mentor and collaborator.

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