Raymon Durso, MD

Associate Professordurso1small
Director, Neuropharmacology Laboratory
VA Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: (617) 232-9500 x4750
Fax: (617) 278-4454

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (1975)
Residency: NYU/Bellevue Hospital, NY, NY (1979)
Fellowship: NIH/Experimental Therapeutics Branch, Bethesda, MD (1981)
Board Certification: Neurology
Special Interests: Parkinsons Disease
Recognition, Awards, Honors: Featured in Who’s Who in the East – 1997
Member, Editorial Board “Clinical Drug Reviews” – 2001
NIH Peer Review Consultant – 2001
VA Merit Review Award – 2001


Recent Publications

Morgan J, Clark D, Tripodis Y, Halloran CS, Minsky A, Wildman WJ, Durso R, McNamara P. Impacts of religious semantic priming on an intertemporal discounting task: Response time effects and neural correlates. Neuropsychologia. 2016 Aug;89:403-13. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.07.020. Epub 2016 Jul 20.

Smart K, Durso R, Morgan J, McNamara P. A potential case of remission of Parkinson’s disease. J Complement Integr Med. 2016 Jul 5. pii: /j/jcim.ahead-of-print/jcim-2016-0019/jcim-2016-0019.xml. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2016-0019. [Epub ahead of print]

Harris E, McNamara P, Durso R. Possible selves in patients with right- versus left-onset Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2016 May 4:1-18. [Epub ahead of print]

Ratner MH, Farb DH, Ozer J, Feldman RG, Durso R. Younger age at onset of sporadic Parkinson’s disease among subjects occupationally exposed to metals and pesticides. Interdiscip Toxicol. 2014 Sep;7(3):123-33. doi: 10.2478/intox-2014-0017. Epub 2014 Dec 30.

Harris E, McNamara P, Durso R. Novelty seeking in patients with right- versus left-onset Parkinson disease. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2015 Mar; 28(1):11-6.

Harris E, McNamara P, Durso R. Apathy in patients with Parkinson disease as a function of side of onset. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2013 Jun;26(2):95-104. doi: 10.1177/0891988713481267.

Modak A, Durso R, Josephs E, Rosen D. A rapid non invasive L-DOPA-¹³C breath test for optimally suppressing extracerebral AADC enzyme activity – toward individualizing carbidopa therapy in Parkinson’s disease. J Parkinsons Dis. 2012;2(4):349-56.

Butler PM, McNamara P, Ghofrani J, Durso R. Disease-associated differences in religious cognition in patients with Parkinson’s disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Oct;33(8):917-28. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2011.575768.

Butler PM, McNamara P, Durso R. Side of onset in Parkinson’s disease and alterations in religiosity: novel behavioral phenotypes. Behav Neurol. 2011;24(2):133-41. doi: 10.3233/BEN-2011-0282.

McNamara P, Stavitsky K, Durso R, Harris E. The Impact of Clinical and Cognitive Variables on Social Functioning in Parkinson’s Disease: Patient versus Examiner Estimates. Parkinsons Dis. 2010 Mar 11;2010. pii: 263083. doi: 10.4061/2010/263083.

McNamara P, Holtgraves T, Durso R, Harris E. Social cognition of indirect speech: Evidence from Parkinson’s Disease. J Neurolinguistics. 2010 Mar 1;23(2):162.

Butler PM, McNamara P, Durso R. Deficits in the automatic activation of religious concepts in patients with Parkinson’s disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2010 Mar;16(2):252-61. doi: 10.1017/S1355617709991202.

Holtgraves T, McNamara P, Cappaert K, Durso R. Linguistic correlates of asymmetric motor symptom severity in Parkinson’s Disease. Brain Cogn. 2010 Mar;72(2):189-96. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2009.08.004.

McNamara P, Stavitsky K, Harris E, Szent-Imrey O, Durso R. Mood, side of motor symptom onset and pain complaints in Parkinson’s disease. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 May;25(5):519-24. doi: 10.1002/gps.2374.

Stavitsky K, McNamara P, Durso R, Harris E, Auerbach S, Cronin-Golomb A. Hallucinations, dreaming, and frequent dozing in Parkinson disease: impact of right-hemisphere neural networks. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2008 Sep;21(3):143-9. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e318185e698.

McNamara P, Durso R, Harris E. Alterations of the sense of self and personality in Parkinson’s disease. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008 Jan;23(1):79-84.

McNamara P, Durso R, Harris E. “Machiavellianism” and frontal dysfunction: evidence from Parkinson’s disease. Cogn Neuropsychiatry. 2007 Jul;12(4):285-300.

McNamara P, Durso R, Harris E. Life goals of patients with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study on correlations with mood and cognitive functions. Clin Rehabil. 2006 Sep;20(9):818-26.

McNamara P, Durso R, Brown A. Religiosity in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2006 Sep;2(3):341-8.

McNamara P, Durso R. Neuropharmacological treatment of mental dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Behav Neurol. 2006;17(1):43-51.