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profileRohit Bakshi, M.D.

TitleJack, Sadie and David Breakstone Professor of Neurology
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentNeurology
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
Laboratory for Neuroimaging Research
One Brookline Place, Suite 602
Brookline MA 02445
Phone617/525-6550
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TitleProfessor of Radiology
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentRadiology


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Rohit Bakshi, M.D., M.A., is the Jack, Sadie and David Breakstone Professor of Neurology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). He is Director of the Laboratory for Neuroimaging Research at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center. He has built a research program involving quantitative MRI in MS through support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Dr. Bakshi’s research is in the area of the use of MRI technology to study mechanisms and predictors of disease progression in MS. His group uses advanced MRI scanning and computer processing to understand mechanisms of MS at various stages. This includes the use of voxel-based morphometry to study gray matter damage, diffusion tensor imaging to study white matter damage, and advanced processing tools to detect spinal cord atrophy. He has focused the importance of gray matter damage in MS as a new avenue to understand the causes of disease onset and progression. His work has also helped to define brain and spinal cord atrophy as major predictors of patient symptoms. In addition, his team is working on new ways to measure damage with MRI data, such as the development of comprehensive rating scales to assess disease severity and subtyping of patient phenotypes using MRI data. He also analyzes MRI endpoints in therapeutic trials of MS. In addition to his major role in research and mentoring in his lab, Dr. Bakshi cares for MS patients at BWH.

He is a Buffalo native, graduate of Cornell University, and fraternity brother in the Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. As an Alpha Omega Alpha scholar, he completed a one-year neuroscience research fellowship with Dr. Alan Faden at the University of California, San Francisco. He served a one-year internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed by a neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he performed neuroimaging research with Dr. John Mazziotta. He then completed a neuroimaging fellowship at the Dent Neurologic Institute. He previously served as Neurology Residency Program Director and Neuroimaging Fellowship Program Director at the University at Buffalo-SUNY.

He received the 1998 William H. Oldendorf Award for neuroimaging research. He has served as Chair of the Neuroimaging Section of the American Academy of Neurology, President of the American Society of Neuroimaging, Associate Editor of the journal Neurotherapeutics, and Treasurer of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. He is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. In 2010, he received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University. In 2013, he was named to the Jack, Sadie and David Breakstone Endowed Chair at Harvard Medical School.

In 2015, he began his appointment as Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroimaging.

Dr. Bakshi has delivered more than 200 invited academic lectures and authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Bakshi’s publications are available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?orig_db=PubMed&db=pubmed&cmd=Search&defaultField=Title%20Word&term=bakshi%20r[auth]


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