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
- Mentor for Graduate Medical Students, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Case School of Medicine, MD
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS
- Published on 10/9/2018
Walt GS, Burris HM, Brady CB, Spencer KR, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Guilderson L, Abdul Rauf N, Collins D, Singh T, Mathias R, Averill JG, Walker SE, Robey I, McKee AC, Kowall NW, Stein TD. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Within an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Brain Bank Cohort. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2018 Oct 09. PMID: 30299493.
- Published on 9/7/2018
Hsu ET, Gangolli M, Su S, Holleran L, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, McKee AC, Schmidt RE, Brody DL. Astrocytic degeneration in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2018 Sep 07. PMID: 30194648.
- Published on 9/1/2018
Adams JW, Alvarez VE, Mez J, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Xia W, Meng G, Kubilus CA, Cormier K, Kiernan PT, Daneshvar DH, Chua AS, Svirsky S, Nicks R, Abdolmohammadi B, Evers L, Solomon TM, Cherry JD, Aytan N, Mahar I, Devine S, Auerbach S, Alosco ML, Nowinski CJ, Kowall NW, Goldstein LE, Dwyer B, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA, Au R, McKee AC, Stein TD. Lewy Body Pathology and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Associated With Contact Sports. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2018 Sep 01; 77(9):757-768. PMID: 30053297.
- Published on 7/23/2018
Alosco ML, Tripodis Y, Fritts NG, Heslegrave A, Baugh CM, Conneely S, Mariani M, Martin BM, Frank S, Mez J, Stein TD, Cantu RC, McKee AC, Shaw LM, Trojanowski JQ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Stern RA. Cerebrospinal fluid tau, Aß, and sTREM2 in Former National Football League Players: Modeling the relationship between repetitive head impacts, microglial activation, and neurodegeneration. Alzheimers Dement. 2018 Sep; 14(9):1159-1170. PMID: 30049650.
- Published on 5/1/2018
Alosco ML, Mez J, Tripodis Y, Kiernan PT, Abdolmohammadi B, Murphy L, Kowall NW, Stein TD, Huber BR, Goldstein LE, Cantu RC, Katz DI, Chaisson CE, Martin B, Solomon TM, McClean MD, Daneshvar DH, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA, McKee AC. Age of first exposure to tackle football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Ann Neurol. 2018 May; 83(5):886-901. PMID: 29710395.
- Published on 4/5/2018
Mufson EJ, He B, Ginsberg SD, Carper BA, Bieler GS, Crawford F, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Stein TD, McKee AC, Perez SE. Gene Profiling of Nucleus Basalis Tau Containing Neurons in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium Study. J Neurotrauma. 2018 Jun 01; 35(11):1260-1271. PMID: 29338612.
- Published on 2/1/2018
Tagge CA, Fisher AM, Minaeva OV, Gaudreau-Balderrama A, Moncaster JA, Zhang XL, Wojnarowicz MW, Casey N, Lu H, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Saman S, Ericsson M, Onos KD, Veksler R, Senatorov VV, Kondo A, Zhou XZ, Miry O, Vose LR, Gopaul KR, Upreti C, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, Alvarez VE, Hildebrandt AM, Franz ES, Konrad J, Hamilton JA, Hua N, Tripodis Y, Anderson AT, Howell GR, Kaufer D, Hall GF, Lu KP, Ransohoff RM, Cleveland RO, Kowall NW, Stein TD, Lamb BT, Huber BR, Moss WC, Friedman A, Stanton PK, McKee AC, Goldstein LE. Concussion, microvascular injury, and early tauopathy in young athletes after impact head injury and an impact concussion mouse model. Brain. 2018 Feb 01; 141(2):422-458. PMID: 29360998.
- Published on 2/1/2018
Kriegel J, Papadopoulos Z, McKee AC. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Is Latency in Symptom Onset Explained by Tau Propagation? Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2018 Feb 01; 8(2). PMID: 28096246.
- Published on 1/3/2018
Moszczynski AJ, Strong W, Xu K, McKee A, Brown A, Strong MJ. Pathologic Thr175 tau phosphorylation in CTE and CTE with ALS. Neurology. 2018 Jan 30; 90(5):e380-e387. PMID: 29298849.
- Published on 1/1/2018
Cherry JD, Zeineddin A, Dammer EB, Webster JA, Duong D, Seyfried NT, Levey AI, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Stein TD, Kiernan PT, McKee AC, Lah JJ, Hales CM. Characterization of Detergent Insoluble Proteome in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2018 Jan 01; 77(1):40-49. PMID: 29145658.
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