Michael E. Charness, MD

Professor, Neurology

Michael Charness
617.323.7700
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

Dr. Charness earned his B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology and current serves as a Professor of Neurology as well as the assistant dean to the VA Affairs of School of Medicine.
Dr. Charness served as Chief of Neurology at the Brockton-West-Roxbury VA and the VA Boston Healthcare System for several years. He became Chief of Staff in 2003. Additionally, Dr. Charness has served as a member of numerous advisory boards including the National Institutes of Health (NIH, served as president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), and chaired the Alcohol-Toxicology 3 Study Section. His research interests include researching alcohol’s effect on the nervous system as well as the development of drugs that block alcohol toxicity. He currently directs the NIAAA-funded Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and chairs the external advisory board for the NIH-funded Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, VA Affairs of School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Chief of Staff, VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • McGill University, BSc

Publications

  • Published on 3/20/2018

    Parnell SE, Riley EP, Warren KR, Mitchell KT, Charness ME. The contributions of Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders research and prevention. Alcohol. 2018 Jun; 69:15-24. PMID: 29571046.

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  • Published on 2/6/2018

    May PA, Chambers CD, Kalberg WO, Zellner J, Feldman H, Buckley D, Kopald D, Hasken JM, Xu R, Honerkamp-Smith G, Taras H, Manning MA, Robinson LK, Adam MP, Abdul-Rahman O, Vaux K, Jewett T, Elliott AJ, Kable JA, Akshoomoff N, Falk D, Arroyo JA, Hereld D, Riley EP, Charness ME, Coles CD, Warren KR, Jones KL, Hoyme HE. Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities. JAMA. 2018 02 06; 319(5):474-482. PMID: 29411031.

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  • Published on 1/3/2018

    Dou X, Menkari C, Mitsuyama R, Foroud T, Wetherill L, Hammond P, Suttie M, Chen X, Chen SY, Charness ME. L1 coupling to ankyrin and the spectrin-actin cytoskeleton modulates ethanol inhibition of L1 adhesion and ethanol teratogenesis. FASEB J. 2018 03; 32(3):1364-1374. PMID: 29109170.

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  • Published on 12/28/2017

    Charness ME. The adolescent brain cognitive development study external advisory board. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2018 08; 32:155-160. PMID: 29311006.

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  • Published on 7/27/2016

    Hoyme HE, Kalberg WO, Elliott AJ, Blankenship J, Buckley D, Marais AS, Manning MA, Robinson LK, Adam MP, Abdul-Rahman O, Jewett T, Coles CD, Chambers C, Jones KL, Adnams CM, Shah PE, Riley EP, Charness ME, Warren KR, May PA. Updated Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2016 Aug; 138(2). PMID: 27464676.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    Charness ME, Riley EP, Sowell ER. Drinking During Pregnancy and the Developing Brain: Is Any Amount Safe? Trends Cogn Sci. 2016 Feb; 20(2):80-2. PMID: 26801950.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Dou X, Charness ME. Effect of lipid raft disruption on ethanol inhibition of l1 adhesion. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 Nov; 38(11):2707-11. PMID: 25421507.

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  • Published on 9/11/2014

    Sowell ER, Charness ME, Riley EP. Pregnancy: No safe level of alcohol. Nature. 2014 Sep 11; 513(7517):172. PMID: 25209788.

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  • Published on 9/10/2013

    Charness ME. Brain surgery for musician's dystonia. Ann Neurol. 2013 Nov; 74(5):627-9. PMID: 23893466.

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  • Published on 2/19/2013

    Dou X, Wilkemeyer MF, Menkari CE, Parnell SE, Sulik KK, Charness ME. Mitogen-activated protein kinase modulates ethanol inhibition of cell adhesion mediated by the L1 neural cell adhesion molecule. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 2; 110(14):5683-8. PMID: 23431142.

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