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Amar Dhand, M.D., D.Phil.

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Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHA.B.2001Cognitive Neuroscience, English
Oxford University, Oxford, EnglandD.Phil.2006Educational Studies
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAM.D.2008Medicine
UCSF, San Francisco, CA2012Neurology
UCSF, San Francisco, CA2013Neurohospitalist Medicine
2003 - 2006
Rhodes Scholarship

Amar Dhand is a neurologist and network scientist. He is currently Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School with a joint appointment at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

Dr. Dhand's research is focused on human networks and health outcomes. His early studies uncovered the implicit patterns of peer learning interactions among heroin users in New Delhi. He then developed the 'social connectome' approach, a technique to map the social relationship structures around patients. His team uses this approach to examine social network effects on stroke outcomes such as early arrival to the hospital and patient-reported recovery. The approach is being applied to other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Finally, he is working with network scientists to understand how patients move through the health system, and the effects of these health trajectories on outcomes at a population level.

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Available: 10/01/21, Expires: 12/01/22

The Dhand Lab, Brigham and Women?s Hospital, recently developed SocialBit, a passive wearable sensor that can detect audio signatures of social interactions in healthy controls. The team is interested in using SocialBit to study the social environment of stroke survivors, who are especially vulnerable to social isolation in the post-stroke period. We are looking for students who will assist with data collection, with the opportunity for authorship on academic papers and involvement in other clinical or data research. If interested, please email the PI, Dr. Amar Dhand, directly at adhand@bwh.harvard.edu

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  1. R01HD099176 (DHAND, AMAR) Sep 1, 2020 - May 31, 2025
    SocialBit: Establishing the accuracy of a wearable sensor to detect social interactions after stroke
    Role Description: The goal of this study to establish the validity of a wearable social sensor for stroke survivors.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01HD099176 (DHAND, AMAR) Sep 1, 2020 - May 31, 2025
    SocialBit: Establishing the accuracy of a wearable sensor to detect social interactions after stroke
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. (DHAND, AMAR) Mar 1, 2018 - Mar 1, 2019
    Football Players Health Study, Harvard University
    Social networks of football players: Association with functional, cardiac, and cognitive outcomes.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. (DHAND, AMAR) Jan 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
    Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
    Study of social networks and inter-relations with diet, physical activity, and obesity
    Role: Principal Investigator
  5. K23HD083489 (DHAND, AMAR) Dec 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2020
    Impact of Social Network Structure on Stroke Recovery
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Izzy S, Tahir Z, Grashow R, Cote DJ, Jarrah AA, Dhand A, Taylor H, Whalen M, Nathan DM, Miller KK, Speizer F, Baggish A, Weisskopf MG, Zafonte R. Concussion and Risk of Chronic Medical and Behavioral Health Comorbidities. J Neurotrauma. 2021 Jun 01; 38(13):1834-1841. PMID: 33451255.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  2. Rahman S, McCarty JC, Gadkaree S, Semco RS, Bi WL, Dhand A, Jarman MP, Ortega G, Uribe-Leitz T, Bergmark RW. Disparities in the Geographic Distribution of Neurosurgeons in the United States: A Geospatial Analysis. World Neurosurg. 2021 07; 151:e146-e155. PMID: 33831612.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Cramer SC, Dodakian L, Le V, McKenzie A, See J, Augsburger R, Zhou RJ, Raefsky SM, Nguyen T, Vanderschelden B, Wong G, Bandak D, Nazarzai L, Dhand A, Scacchi W, Heckhausen J. A Feasibility Study of Expanded Home-Based Telerehabilitation After Stroke. Front Neurol. 2020; 11:611453. PMID: 33613417.
    Citations: 2     
  4. Podury A, Raefsky SM, Dodakian L, McCafferty L, Le V, McKenzie A, See J, Zhou RJ, Nguyen T, Vanderschelden B, Wong G, Nazarzai L, Heckhausen J, Cramer SC, Dhand A. Social Network Structure Is Related to Functional Improvement From Home-Based Telerehabilitation After Stroke. Front Neurol. 2021; 12:603767. PMID: 33603709.
    Citations: 1     
  5. Dhand A, McCafferty L, Grashow R, Corbin IM, Cohan S, Whittington AJ, Connor A, Baggish A, Weisskopf M, Zafonte R, Pascual-Leone A, Barabási AL. Social network structure and composition in former NFL football players. Sci Rep. 2021 02 01; 11(1):1630. PMID: 33526803.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Sharma R, Kuohn LR, Weinberger DM, Warren JL, Sansing LH, Jasne A, Falcone G, Dhand A, Sheth KN. Excess Cerebrovascular Mortality in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stroke. 2021 01; 52(2):563-572. PMID: 33430638.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Prust M, Halm A, Nedelcu S, Nieves A, Dhand A. Head-to-Head Comparison of Social Network Assessments in Stroke Survivors. Neurohospitalist. 2021 Jan; 11(1):18-24. PMID: 33868552.
    Citations: 1     
  8. Levin SN, Riley CS, Dhand A, White CC, Venkatesh S, Boehm B, Nassif C, Socia L, Onomichi K, Leavitt VM, Levine L, Heyman R, Farber RS, Vargas WS, Xia Z, De Jager PL. Association of social network structure and physical function in patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurology. 2020 09 15; 95(11):e1565-e1574. PMID: 32769139.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Dhand A, Lang CE, Luke DA, Kim A, Li K, McCafferty L, Mu Y, Rosner B, Feske SK, Lee JM. Social Network Mapping and Functional Recovery Within 6 Months of Ischemic Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2019 11; 33(11):922-932. PMID: 31524080.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Zachrison KS, Dhand A, Schwamm LH, Onnela JP. A Network Approach to Stroke Systems of Care. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 08; 12(8):e005526. PMID: 31405293.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Ospina JP, Larson AG, Jalilianhasanpour R, Williams B, Diez I, Dhand A, Dickerson BC, Perez DL. Individual differences in social network size linked to nucleus accumbens and hippocampal volumes in functional neurological disorder: A pilot study. J Affect Disord. 2019 11 01; 258:50-54. PMID: 31394458.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Maamari RN, Stunkel L, Kung NH, Ferguson CJ, Tanabe J, Schmidt RE, Dahiya S, Dhand A, Van Stavern GP, Rajagopal R, Harocopos GJ. Acute Posterior Multifocal Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy Complicated by Fatal Cerebral Vasculitis. J Neuroophthalmol. 2019 Jun; 39(2):260-267. PMID: 30676416.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Dhand A, Luke D, Lang C, Tsiaklides M, Feske S, Lee JM. Social networks and risk of delayed hospital arrival after acute stroke. Nat Commun. 2019 03 14; 10(1):1206. PMID: 30872570.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  14. Dhand A, White CC, Johnson C, Xia Z, De Jager PL. A scalable online tool for quantitative social network assessment reveals potentially modifiable social environmental risks. Nat Commun. 2018 09 26; 9(1):3930. PMID: 30258103.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  15. Prusaczyk B, Kripalani S, Dhand A. Networks of hospital discharge planning teams and readmissions. J Interprof Care. 2019 Jan-Feb; 33(1):85-92. PMID: 30156928.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Dhand A, Longstreth WT, Chaves PHM, Dhamoon MS. Social Network Trajectories in Myocardial Infarction Versus Ischemic Stroke. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 04 13; 7(8). PMID: 29654192.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Patel RR, Luke DA, Proctor EK, Powderly WG, Chan PA, Mayer KH, Harrison LC, Dhand A. Sex Venue-Based Network Analysis to Identify HIV Prevention Dissemination Targets for Men Who Have Sex with Men. LGBT Health. 2018 01; 5(1):78-85. PMID: 29324178.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Kumar P, Dhand A, Tabak RG, Brownson RC, Yadama GN. Adoption and sustained use of cleaner cooking fuels in rural India: a case control study protocol to understand household, network, and organizational drivers. Arch Public Health. 2017; 75:70. PMID: 29255604.
    Citations: 5     
  19. Lee C, Thon JM, Dhand A. Clival metastasis from a gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma causing multiple cranial neuropathies. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Nov 08; 2017. PMID: 29122907.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Renault S, Dhand A. Converse well-being of locked-in patients and caregivers. Ann Neurol. 2017 09; 82(3):490-491. PMID: 28833439.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Dhand A, Bucelli R, Varadhachary A, Tsiaklides M, de Bruin G, Dhaliwal G. Monitoring the Diagnostic Process on an Inpatient Neurology Service. Neurohospitalist. 2017 Jul; 7(3):132-136. PMID: 28634503.
  22. Ong CJ, Dhand A, Diringer MN. Early Withdrawal Decision-Making in Patients with Coma After Cardiac Arrest: A Qualitative Study of Intensive Care Clinicians. Neurocrit Care. 2016 10; 25(2):258-65. PMID: 27112149.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Dhand A, Luke DA, Lang CE, Lee JM. Social networks and neurological illness. Nat Rev Neurol. 2016 10; 12(10):605-12. PMID: 27615420.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Dhand A, Dalton AE, Luke DA, Gage BF, Lee JM. Accuracy of Wearable Cameras to Track Social Interactions in Stroke Survivors. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Dec; 25(12):2907-2910. PMID: 27622865.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Dhand A, Feske SK. Caregivers and Families of Critically Ill Patients. N Engl J Med. 2016 09 08; 375(10):1000. PMID: 27602679.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Dhand A, Luke DA, Carothers BJ, Evanoff BA. Academic Cross-Pollination: The Role of Disciplinary Affiliation in Research Collaboration. PLoS One. 2016; 11(1):e0145916. PMID: 26760302.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Dhand A. Quality Metrics in Inpatient Neurology. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):708-15. PMID: 26595872.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Kang P, Dhand A. Teaching Video NeuroImages: Movement of a paralyzed arm with yawning. Neurology. 2015 Apr 21; 84(16):e118. PMID: 25901063.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Luke DA, Carothers BJ, Dhand A, Bell RA, Moreland-Russell S, Sarli CC, Evanoff BA. Breaking down silos: mapping growth of cross-disciplinary collaboration in a translational science initiative. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Apr; 8(2):143-9. PMID: 25472908.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Dhand A, Landau WM. Hemicraniectomy for middle-cerebral-artery stroke. N Engl J Med. 2014 06 12; 370(24):2346. PMID: 24918380.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. Author response. Neurology. 2014 Apr 29; 82(17):1568. PMID: 24895747.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Dhand A, Harp J, Borgatti SP. Leadership in neurology: a social network analysis. Ann Neurol. 2014 Mar; 75(3):342-50. PMID: 24812696.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Lewis SL, Józefowicz RF, Kilgore S, Dhand A, Edgar L. Introducing the neurology milestones. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Mar; 6(1 Suppl 1):102-4. PMID: 24701271.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    
  34. Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. How experienced community neurologists make diagnoses during clinical encounters. Neurology. 2013 Oct 15; 81(16):1460-6. PMID: 24049130.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Dhand A, Aminoff MJ. The neurology of itch. Brain. 2014 Feb; 137(Pt 2):313-22. PMID: 23794605.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  36. Grady EC, Roise A, Barr D, Lynch D, Lee KB, Daskivich T, Dhand A, Butler PD. Defining scholarly activity in graduate medical education. J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Dec; 4(4):558-61. PMID: 24294446.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    
  37. Dhand A. Right brain: The case library as a tool to enhance clinical observation. Neurology. 2012 Feb 14; 78(7):512-3. PMID: 22330415.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Kamel H, Dhaliwal G, Navi BB, Pease AR, Shah M, Dhand A, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. A randomized trial of hypothesis-driven vs screening neurologic examination. Neurology. 2011 Oct 04; 77(14):1395-400. PMID: 21900631.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Dhand A, Nakagawa K, Nagpal S, Gelfand JM, Kim AS, Smith WS, Tihan T. Cardiac rupture after intravenous t-PA administration in acute ischemic stroke. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Oct; 13(2):261-2. PMID: 20697837.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Dhand A, Zhang X, Josephson SA. Increasing aerobic exercise in the community: the adult playground in Beijing, China. Arch Neurol. 2010 Oct; 67(10):1283; author reply 1283-4. PMID: 20937962.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Dhand A, Dhaliwal G. Examining patient conceptions: a case of metastatic breast cancer in an African American male to female transgender patient. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Feb; 25(2):158-61. PMID: 19898907.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Dhand A. The roles performed by peer educators during outreach among heroin addicts in India: ethnographic insights. Soc Sci Med. 2006 Nov; 63(10):2674-85. PMID: 16908091.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Dhand A, Birdi S, Rajput AH. Frequency of respiratory disorders and bradycardia in essential tremor - consideration of treatment. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 1998 Jun; 4(1):7-10. PMID: 18591082.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
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