Bradford C. Dickerson, MD, MMSc

Title: Tom Rickles Chair in Progressive Aphasia Research & Director, Frontotemporal Dementias Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital & Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Telephone: (617) 726-5571

I completed undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, medical school at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and neurology residency at MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston; I did fellowships in neuroimaging at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and in behavioral neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. I am the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH and foundation grants studying aging and dementia, and serve on the medical advisory council for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration [add URL] and am co-chair of the medical advisory board of the Massachusetts chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association [add URL]. I was honored to win the American Academy of Neurology Norman Geschwind Award in Behavioral Neurology and Honorable Mention for the Schwartz Center Award for Compassionate Care. I co-direct the annual Harvard Dementia CME Course and the biannual Charles River Association for Memory meeting


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I have specific clinical interests in disorders of memory, language, visuospatial and social-emotional function, including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, progressive aphasias (including Primary Progressive Aphasia), Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration, FTD-ALS, and related disorders.


I see patients with these and related disorders as part of clinical evaluation and care, as well as for research purposes.  There are many basic aspects of early symptoms and progression in these disorders that are not well understood and so, a large part of my research focuses on the development of new methods for clinical evaluation and measurement of behavior.  In addition, I perform neuroimaging research on the structure and function of brain networks involved in memory, language, socioemotional, and cognitive function in patients with these disorders as well as in cognitively intact individuals across the age spectrum.


Please visit my website for a list of my publications: I have edited two books on dementia, both available on my author page at Amazon.