Michael E. Charness, MD

Professor, Neurology

Michael Charness
150 S Huntington Avenue


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, Dean’s Office, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Chief of Staff, VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • McGill University, BSc


  • Published on 4/5/2024

    Charness ME, Gupta K, Linsenmeyer K, Strymish J, Madjarov R, Stack G. Evidence from whole genome sequencing of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 almost 5 hours after hospital room turnover. Am J Infect Control. 2024 Apr 05. PMID: 38583778.

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  • Published on 1/22/2024

    Connolly SL, Sherman SE, Dardashti N, Duran E, Bosworth HB, Charness ME, Newton TJ, Reddy A, Wong ES, Zullig LL, Gutierrez J. Defining and Improving Outcomes Measurement for Virtual Care: Report from the VHA State-of-the-Art Conference on Virtual Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb; 39(Suppl 1):29-35. PMID: 38252238.

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  • Published on 7/13/2023

    Connolly SL, Charness ME, Gifford AL, Miller CJ. Discipline-level differences in mental health provider perceptions of video and phone telehealth. Psychol Serv. 2023 Jul 13. PMID: 37439733.

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  • Published on 4/11/2023

    Linsenmeyer K, Mohr D, Gupta K, Doshi S, Gifford AL, Charness ME. Sickness presenteeism in healthcare workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An observational cohort study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Oct; 44(10):1693-1696. PMID: 37039605.

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  • Published on 2/23/2023

    Popova S, Charness ME, Burd L, Crawford A, Hoyme HE, Mukherjee RAS, Riley EP, Elliott EJ. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2023 Feb 23; 9(1):11. PMID: 36823161.

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  • Published on 9/7/2022

    Charness ME, Gupta K, Stack G, Strymish J, Adams E, Lindy DC, Mohri H, Ho DD. Rebound of SARS-CoV-2 Infection after Nirmatrelvir-Ritonavir Treatment. N Engl J Med. 2022 Sep 15; 387(11):1045-1047. PMID: 36069968.

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  • Published on 8/8/2022

    Connolly SL, Charness ME, Miller CJ. To increase patient use of video telehealth, look to clinicians. Health Serv Res. 2023 Feb; 58(1):5-8. PMID: 35904201.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Stern RA, Charness ME, Gupta K, Koutrakis P, Linsenmeyer K, Madjarov R, Martins MAG, Lemos B, Dowd SE, Garshick E. Concordance of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Aerosols From a Nurses Station and in Nurses and Patients During a Hospital Ward Outbreak. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2216176. PMID: 35675074.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Connolly SL, Miller CJ, Gifford AL, Charness ME. Perceptions and Use of Telehealth Among Mental Health, Primary, and Specialty Care Clinicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2216401. PMID: 35671053.

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  • Published on 4/27/2022

    Schwartz AW, Driver JA, Pollara LM, Roefaro J, Harrington MB, Charness ME, Skarf LM. Increasing Telehealth Visits for Older Veterans Associated with Decreased No-Show Rate in a Geriatrics Consultation Clinic. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Sep; 37(12):3217-3219. PMID: 35476240.

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