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David Lewis Perez, M.D.


Columbia UniversityBA05/2003Neuroscience & Behavior
New York University School of MedicineMD05/2007Medicine
MGH/BWH Partners Neurology Residency06/2011Neurology
BIDMC/BWH Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency06/2014Psychiatry - Research Concentration
Harvard Medical SchoolMMSc05/2016Clinical & Translational Investigation
Cum Laude, Columbia University
Alpha Omega Alpha, New York University School of Medicine
Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Teacher, Harvard Medical School
Young Investigator Award, American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA)
Joseph J. Schildraut Psychiatry Research Award
Partners in Excellence Team Award - Spanish Neurology Program
Career Development Award, American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA)
MGH ECOR Clinician-Scientist Career Development Award
Diplomate - UCNS Behavioral Neurology-Neuropsychiatry
Fellow - American Academy of Neurology (FAAN)
Fellow - American Neuropsychiatric Association (FANPA)

David L. Perez MD, MMSc, a dual-trained neurologist-psychiatrist, is a faculty member in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Perez is the Founding Director of the multidisciplinary Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Unit. The FND Unit includes neurologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, neuropsychologists, and research scientists. In the MGH outpatient FND Clinical Program, specialized, integrated neurologic and psychiatric consultations are provided for patients experiencing FND, including individuals with functional/dissociative seizures, functional movement disorder, functional limb weakness, functional cognitive disorder and persistent postural perceptual dizziness.

Dr. Perez is also the Director of the MGH Functional Neurological Disorder Research Program, which is dedicated to the comprehensive clinical and neurobiological investigation of FND. Currently, the laboratory uses neuropsychiatric research assessments and advanced structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to investigate clinical and neurobiological markers of symptom severity, disease-risk, subtype and clinical outcomes across individuals with functional seizures, functional movement disorder and functional limb weakness.

Dr. Perez is affiliated with the MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and collaborates with other investigators within the Harvard Medical School Hospital system. Dr. Perez is a member of the Cognitive Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Divisions at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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  1. R01MH125802 (PEREZ, DAVID LEWIS) Apr 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2026
    Defining Neurobiological Subtypes of Motor Functional Neurological Disorder
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. K23MH111983 (PEREZ, DAVID LEWIS) Sep 14, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
    Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Symptom Severity, Adverse Life Events and Prognosis in Motor Functional Neurological Disorders
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R25NS065743 (PEREZ, DAVID LEWIS) Jul 1, 2013 - Jun 30, 2015
    Functional and Structural Biomarkers of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.