Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN, is a physician-scientist and clinical development specialist. He is board-certified in both neurology and pain medicine with clinical training from the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital.
He has served as faculty in leading institutions including Harvard Medical School and Case Western Reserve University, as well as served as founding neurology department chair and curricular dean at California University of Science and Medicine.
Dr. Lakhan has also been on the institutional review board chair of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, chief of pain management at Virginia Tech—Carilion Clinic, and medical director of clinical development at Sage Therapeutics. As vice president and head of research and development, Dr. Lakhan is now leading discovery research, preclinical to clinical development and operations, and regulatory affairs for a next-generation digital brain health therapeutics company (The Learning Corp).In addition to exemplary clinical service as a neurologist and pain specialist, Dr. Lakhan has an extensive research, education, advocacy, and philanthropy portfolio. He has over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, books, and book chapters. For founding the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, he was bestowed the Harvard Medical School Dean's Community Service Award. He was also conferred the President's Call to Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by Pres. George W. Bush and The U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal by Sen. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid. He has been appointed by California Gov. Brown and Virginia Gov. Northam to prestigious boards. Recognized by his peers, he was inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the Academy's highest designation.
Dr. Lakhan attended Technion—Israel Institute of Technology for medical school, and completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at Cleveland Clinic and a pain medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A physician’s duty is to empower you in your journey towards health and wellness. Verywell is a medium to do exactly that by facilitating the exchange of expertly reviewed content delivered right to your screen.
Our Medical Review Board
Verywell is a caring and trusted partner that provides comprehensive, actionable, and medically reviewed information to assist you in understanding your health and wellness concerns. Our medical review team is comprised of leading board-certified physicians in the fields of cardiology, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry, gynecology and obstetrics, rheumatology, pulmonology, dermatology, and pediatrics. To provide our readers with the most thorough and accurate content, Verywell strongly believes that all of these specialties must work together.
Verywell, a Dotdash property, is a friendly resource where you can explore a full spectrum of health and wellness topics, from comprehensive info on medical conditions to useful advice on fitness, nutrition, mental well-being, pregnancy, and more. We take a human approach to health and wellness, delivering accessible solutions and offering a welcome alternative to clinical sites.
Our writers not only have a deep proficiency in the topics they cover, but an undeniable passion to help others live and feel their best. Our articles are written by experienced healthcare professionals and industry experts and are vetted by board-certified physicians. We work hard to make sure that everything you read is not only accurate and comprehensive, but also trustworthy and actionable. And our content is regularly updated to ensure that we only deliver top quality information to you. We cut through all the clutter so you and your loved ones can start living Verywell.