Michelle Kaku, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • Title Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Office BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • Phone 617-638-8456
  • Education Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine (2011)
    Internship: Medicine, Rush University Medical Center (2012)
    Residency: Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2015)
    Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology, EMG, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2016)

Michelle Kaku, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College and received her medical degree from The School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center where she was awarded the Gold Humanism Award. She was chief resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed a fellowship in neurophysiology before being appointed to her current position, where she lectures and serves as Program Director to the Neurology Residency.

Board Certifications: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
Special Interests: Disorders of the muscle and nerve, neurological manifestations of amyloidosis, electrodiagnostic medicine, botulinum toxin administration


In appreciation for her outstanding dedication and commitment to Neurology residents’ wellbeing and success Dr Michelle Kaku received a Program Director Excellence Award.

Dr. Michelle Kaku received “Attending Educator of the Year Award” for 2021-2022 in recognition of her outstanding dedication to resident teaching.

Selected Publications:

Gustine JN, Staron A, Szalat R, Mendelson L, Joshi T, Ruberg FL, Siddiqi O, Gopal DM, Edwards CV, Havasi A, Kaku M, Lau KHV, Berk JL, Sloan JM, Sanchorawala V. Predictors of hematologic response and survival with stem cell transplantation in AL amyloidosis: a 25-year longitudinal study. Am J Hematol. 2022; 1-11. PMID: 35731907.

Qiu S, Miller MI, Joshi PS, Lee JC, Xue C, Ni Y, Wang Y, De Anda-Duran I, Hwang PH, Cramer JA, Dwyer BC, Hao H, Kaku MC, Kedar S, Lee PH, Mian AZ, Murman DL, O’Shea S, Paul AB, Saint-Hilaire MH, Alton Sartor E, Saxena AR, Shih LC, Small JE, Smith MJ, Swaminathan A, Takahashi CE, Taraschenko O, You H, Yuan J, Zhou Y, Zhu S, Alosco ML, Mez J, Stein TD, Poston KL, Au R, Kolachalama VB. Multimodal deep learning for Alzheimer’s disease dementia assessment. Nature Communications 2022; 13(1): 3404. PMID: 35725739.

Kaku M, Bhadola S, Berk J, Sanchorawala V, Connors L, Lau K.H. Neurological manifestations of hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis: A focus on diagnostic delays. Amyloid 2022; 1-6. PMID: 35253562.

Nguyen VP, Mendelson L, Kaku M, Berk J, Sanchorawala V. Systemic amyloidosis involving the fallopian tube. Arch Clin Med Case Rep 2022; 6(1): 110-115.

Lopez, J. N. R., Mendelson, L. M., Joshi, T., Hughes, D., Kaku, M. C., Sanchorawala, V., & Sloan, J. M. M. Droxidopa for Treatment of Refractory Orthostatic Hypotension in Patients with AL Amyloidosis: A Case Series. Blood 2021 Nov(138) 4737.

Ryll L, Kaku M, KH Lau. The nature of interruptions among inpatient residents: a time-motion observation-based mixed methods study. Medical Science Educator, 2021;1-4. PMID: 34956694.

Lau KHV, Kaku M, Marks A, Tang C, Zhou L, Siao P. Optimizing the operation of an electrodiagnostic laboratory during the COVID-19 pandemic: A 6-month single-center experience. Muscle Nerve. 2021 Jun 15. doi: 10.1002/mus.27352. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34131929.

Anand P, Slama MCC, Kaku M, Ong C, Cervantes-Arslanian AM, Zhou L, David WS, Guidon AC. Comment on COVID-19 in patients with myasthenia gravis: Author response. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Dec;62(6):E87-E88. doi: 10.1002/mus.27062. Epub 2020 Sep 21. PMID: 32954519.

Lau KHV, Kaku M, Bissonnette S, Perloff MD. Three-way telemedicine visits in resident clinic. Med Educ. 2020 Nov;54(11):1061-1062. doi: 10.1111/medu.14331. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 32885465.

Qiu S, Joshi PS, Miller MI, Xue C, Zhou X, Karjadi C, Chang GH, Joshi AS, Dwyer B, Zhu S, Kaku M, Zhou Y, Alderazi YJ, Swaminathan A, Kedar S, Saint-Hilaire MH, Auerbach SH, Yuan J, Sartor EA, Au R, Kolachalama VB. Development and validation of an interpretable deep learning framework for Alzheimer’s disease classification. Brain. 2020 Jun 01; 143(6):1920-1933.

Anand P, Slama MCC, Kaku M, Ong C, Cervantes-Arslanian AM, Zhou L, David WS, Guidon AC. COVID-19 in patients with myasthenia gravis. Muscle Nerve. 2020 May 11.

Kaku M, Berk JL. Neuropathy Associated with Systemic Amyloidosis. Semin Neurol. 2019 Oct;39(5):578-588. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1688994. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

Siao P, Kaku M. A Clinician’s Approach to Peripheral Neuropathy. Semin Neurol. 2019 Oct;39(5):519-530. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1694747. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

Kaku M, Siao P. Peripheral Neuropathies. Semin Neurol. 2019 Oct;39(5):517-518. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1698432. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

Elliot J, Zhou L, Chunyu C and Kaku M. A 63-Year-Old Man with Nausea, Vomiting, Orthostatic Dizziness, and Distal Limb Paresthesia. In: Zhou L, Burns D, Chunyu C. (A Case- Based Guide to Neuromuscular Pathology.) Springer, 2019.

Shin S, Kaku M, Zhou L. A 65-Year old Woman with Acute Limb Weakness and Worsening of Paresthesia. In: Zhou L, Burns D, Chunyu C. (A Case- Based Guide to Neuromuscular Pathology.) Springer, 2019.

Kaku, M. What it was like to be raised by renowned physicist Michio Kaku. Fatherly magazine, 2019.

Kaku M, Simpson DM. Neuromuscular complications of HIV infection. Handb Clin Neurol. 2018; 152:201-212. 

Nguyen VP, Brauneis D, Kaku M. Sloan JM, Sarosiek S, Quillen K, Shelton AC, Sanchorawala V. Neuralgic amyotrophy following high-dose melphalan and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation for AL amyloidosis. Bone Marrow Transplant 2018; 53(3):371-373.

Kaku M, Simpson DM. HIV, antiretrovirals and peripheral neuropathy: A moving target. Muscle and Nerve 2018; 3(3):347-349.

Kaku M, Shin S, Goldstein M, Pleet J, Fabian M. Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder in a patient with Kikuchi-Fujimoto’s disease.  Neuroummunology & Neuroinflammation, 2016; 3(3):221.

Kaku M, Simpson DM. Spotlight on botulinum toxin and its potential in the treatment of stroke-related spasticity. Drug Design, Development and Therapy 2016;10:1085-1099.

Kaku M, Vinik A and Simpson DM. Pathways in the diagnosis and management of diabetic polyneuropathy. Current Diabetes Reports 2015; 15(6):609.

Kaku M, and Simpson DM. HIV neuropathy. Current Opinions in HIV and AIDS. 2014; 9(6):521-6.

George MC, Wongmek A, Kaku M, Nmashie A, Robinson-Papp J. A mixed-methods pilot study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for HIV-associated chronic pain. Behavioral Medicine 2015; PMID 26651852, DOI: 10.1080/08964289.2015.1107525.

Honkanen R, Torhab Parhiz A, Kaku M et al. Evaluation of the performance of 5 non-optimized intraocular lens power predicting formulas during residency training. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2013; 6: 20-25.

Isler JR, Tarullo AR, Grieve PG, Housman E, Kaku M, Perez A, Stark W, Fifer WP. Towards an electrical biomarker of newborn cognition. Dev Science 2012; 2:260-71.

Fifer WP, Byrd D, Kaku M, Eigsti I, Isler J, Grose-Fifer J, Tarullo A, Balsam P. Newborn infants learn during sleep. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2010; 107(22): 10320-10323.

Kaku M, Mathew A, Rajan B. Impact of socio-economic factors in delayed reporting and late stage presentation among patients with cervical cancer in a major cancer hospital in South India. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2008; 9:589-594.


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