Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School from 1991-94, when she became Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Framingham Heart Study, and Centenarian Study, which are all based at the Bedford VAMC. Dr. McKee is also the Chief Neuropathologist for the National VA ALS Brain Bank.
Dr. McKee’s research interests center on the neuropathological alterations of neurodegenerative diseases, with a primary focus on the role of tau protein, axonal injury, trauma, vascular injury, and neurodegeneration. Much of her current work centers on mild traumatic brain injury from contact sports and military service and its long-term consequences. As a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, she is particularly interested in the clinical, behavioral and psychological manifestations of pathological disease and the neuroanatomical localization of clinical symptoms. She has written widely on many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Multiple System Atrophy, Frontotemporal Degeneration, Corticobasal Degeneration and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). She has been an invited participant in several NIH-sponsored workshops on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Vascular Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. McKee’s work has been essential in establishing the clinical and pathological spectrum of trauma induced neurodegenerative disease, including CTE and Chronic Traumatic Encephalomyelopathy.
Recently, she has received widespread acclaim for her case series featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that found nearly every former National Football League (NFL) player who played at least one regular season game and whose brain then was donated for research was diagnosed post-mortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
- Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
- Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Case School of Medicine, MD
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS
- Published on 10/14/2021
Brady CB, Robey I, Stein TD, Huber BR, Riley J, Abdul Rauf N, Spencer KR, Walt G, Adams L, Averill JG, Walker S, McKee AC, Thomson SP, Kowall NW. The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Biorepository: Supporting Research on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. Brain Sci. 2021 Oct 14; 11(10). PMID: 34679413.
- Published on 10/9/2021
Kaufman SK, Svirsky S, Cherry JD, McKee AC, Diamond MI. Tau seeding in chronic traumatic encephalopathy parallels disease severity. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 12; 142(6):951-960. PMID: 34626223.
- Published on 8/17/2021
Cherry JD, Agus F, Dixon E, Huber B, Alvarez VE, Mez J, McKee AC, Labadorf A, Stein TD. Differential gene expression in the cortical sulcus compared to the gyral crest within the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Free Neuropathol. 2021; 2. PMID: 34485990.
- Published on 8/12/2021
Alosco ML, Mariani ML, Adler CH, Balcer LJ, Bernick C, Au R, Banks SJ, Barr WB, Bouix S, Cantu RC, Coleman MJ, Dodick DW, Farrer LA, Geda YE, Katz DI, Koerte IK, Kowall NW, Lin AP, Marcus DS, Marek KL, McClean MD, McKee AC, Mez J, Palmisano JN, Peskind ER, Tripodis Y, Turner RW, Wethe JV, Cummings JL, Reiman EM, Shenton ME, Stern RA. Developing methods to detect and diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy during life: rationale, design, and methodology for the DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2021 08 12; 13(1):136. PMID: 34384490.
- Published on 8/10/2021
Mez J, Alosco ML, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC, Tripodis Y. Reader Response: Association of Position Played and Career Duration and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at Autopsy in Elite Football and Hockey Players. Neurology. 2021 08 10; 97(6):297-298. PMID: 34373356.
- Published on 8/5/2021
Iida MA, Farrell K, Walker JM, Richardson TE, Marx GA, Bryce CH, Purohit D, Ayalon G, Beach TG, Bigio EH, Cortes EP, Gearing M, Haroutunian V, McMillan CT, Lee EB, Dickson DW, McKee AC, Stein TD, Trojanowski JQ, Woltjer RL, Kovacs GG, Kofler JK, Kaye J, White CL, Crary JF. Predictors of cognitive impairment in primary age-related tauopathy: an autopsy study. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2021 08 05; 9(1):134. PMID: 34353357.
- Published on 6/25/2021
Gutierrez-Quiceno L, Dammer EB, Johnson AG, Webster JA, Shah R, Duong D, Yin L, Seyfried NT, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, McKee AC, Hales CM. A proteomic network approach resolves stage-specific molecular phenotypes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Mol Neurodegener. 2021 06 25; 16(1):40. PMID: 34172091.
- Published on 5/21/2021
Chancellor KB, Chancellor SE, Duke-Cohan JE, Huber BR, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Okaty BW, Dymecki SM, McKee AC. Altered oligodendroglia and astroglia in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 08; 142(2):295-321. PMID: 34019156.
- Published on 5/12/2021
Cherry JD, Esnault CD, Baucom ZH, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, Dickson DW, McKee AC. Tau isoforms are differentially expressed across the hippocampus in chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer's disease. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2021 05 12; 9(1):86. PMID: 33980303.
- Published on 4/7/2021
Mez J, Alosco ML, Daneshvar DH, Saltiel N, Baucom Z, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Nicks R, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Nowinski CJ, Montenigro P, Solomon TM, Mahar I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Stein TD, Stern RA, McKee AC. Validity of the 2014 traumatic encephalopathy syndrome criteria for CTE pathology. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 10; 17(10):1709-1724. PMID: 33826224.
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