Raymon Durso, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

  • Title Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Office VA Healthcare System 150 South Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02130
  • Education Medical School: SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (1975)
    Residency: NYU/Bellevue Hospital, NY, NY (1979)
    Fellowship: NIH/Experimental Therapeutics Branch, Bethesda, MD (1981)

Raymon Durso, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He also acts as a mentor for graduate medical students at the university. Dr. Durso arrived at the university after completing his fellowship at the NIH/Experimental Therapeutics Branch in Bethesda. Since 2001 he has been a member of the editorial board of Clinical Drug Reviews, an NIH peer review consultant, and has won a VA Merit Review Award. Currently, Dr. Durso directs the Neuropharmacology Laboratory. He has a special interest in Parkinson’s disease and was featured in a Who’s Who in the East. He is board certified in neurology.


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;89:403-413. 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 Sep 1;13(3):311-315. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2016-0019.

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. 2017 Mar;24(2):198-215. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2016.1178211. Epub 2016 May 4. P

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.

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