GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change
Dr. Berkowitz is the founding director of the global neurology program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medial School, Health and Policy Advisor in Neurology to the NGO Partners In Health, and a neurology consultant to Doctors Without Borders, Indian Health Services at Navajo Nation, and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. In these roles he has collaborated in the development of the first neurology training program in Haiti and a community-based model for epilepsy care and provider education in rural Haiti in collaboration with Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante; taught courses for providers on neurologic care in resource-limited settings in Haiti, Malawi, Navajo Nation, and the Boston correctional system; developed a certificate program in global and humanitarian neurology for neurology residents in the Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital neurology residency program; provides teleconsultation to providers in humanitarian crisis zones through Doctors Without Borders; and precepts residents in a volunteer neurology clinic for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. His humanitarian work has been recognized by the Mridha Spirit of Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation in 2018 and the BWPO Community Service Award in 2016. He currently serves as the current vice chair of the global health section of the American Academy of Neurology.
His writing on neurology and global health has been published in journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Bulletin of the WHO, and Neurology, and he has written chapters on the management of neurologic disease in resource-limited settings for Samuels Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics and the forthcoming first edition of the Oxford Handbook for Humanitarian Medicine. He has also written 2 textbooks for medical students - Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A Localization-Based Approach and Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple - and 1 book on the neuroscience of musical creativity- The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment.
A committed educator, Dr. Berkowitz co-directs the Mind/Brain/Behavior course at Harvard Medical School and the neurology clerkship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and has been awarded the Donald O'Hara Award for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Berkowitz completed his BA and BS at George Washington University, his PhD at Harvard University, his MD at Johns Hopkins University, and his neurology residency at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident.
Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, April 1, 2018
Journal of the neurological sciences, March 10, 2018
The Annals of thoracic surgery, March 1, 2018
Neurology, January 23, 2018
Neurology, November 21, 2017
Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, November 11, 2017
Journal of the neurological sciences, June 20, 2017
Neurology, June 6, 2017
Management of Neurologic Disease in Resource-Limited Settings. In "Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics" 9th Edition, Ed. MA Samuels and AH Ropper, February 25, 2017
Practical neurology, January 10, 2017