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Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D.
Languages: English, French, Persian, Spanish
Expertise: Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, Cognitive Disorders , Cognitive Testing, Concussion Rehabilitation, Memory Disorders, Neurology
NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center
Appointment Phone: 703-462-9296
8280 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102 map
Dr. Fotuhi received his MD degree (cum laude) from Harvard Medical School, as a member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and his doctoral PhD degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center and the chief medical officer of Neurocore Brain Performance Center. He is an affiliate staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine and lectures on topics related to memory, brain health, and concussion to medical students at Harvard Medical School and to general public. He has been an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, International Brain Research Organization, and Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Fotuhi’s initial clinical research at Johns Hopkins focused on basic brain neurochemistry and on finding effective ways to prevent dementia. More specifically, he worked on longitudinal studies to determine the beneficial role of a combination of vitamins and natural supplements along with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in maintaining cognitive function and brain health. His current research focuses on designing multi-disciplinary treatment programs for patients with memory loss and/or post-concussive syndrome. He has published his research findings in Brain Research, Journal of Neuroscience, the Lancet, Nature, Neurology, Neuron, and Proceedings of National Academy of Science.
Dr. Fotuhi has dedicated much of his time to educating the public about memory, aging, and concussion. In his book, The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, he provides clear and concise information about how to prevent dementia. His second book, entitled The New York Times Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young: The 6 Step Age Defying Program, was released in January 2008. His most recent book, Boost Your Brain, teaches people how they can grow the size of their hippocampus. He has had two PBS programs, entitled “Conquering Memory Loss” and “Fight Alzheimer’s Early.” He has been interviewed by more than 50 media outlets including ABC News, CTV, CBS, TODAY show, Montel show, Fox News, Dr. Oz show, Discovery Channel, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Health magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek,The Chicago Tribune,The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Montreal Gazette, and The Times (London).
Dr. Fotuhi has taken a leadership role in medical education as well. He has received numerous awards for his innovative and dynamic teaching style. He is one of the most popular instructors at Harvard Medical School, where he designed and helped to build two 5O foot tall brain models for his students in neuroanatomy classes. He won the distinguished teaching award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2001. He has presented academic lectures as the honorary visiting professor in Canada, Egypt, China, Israel, and Japan; he also had the honor of presenting a lecture at a United Nations meeting in New York in September 2010 and at the legislative briefings for the house and senate in Maryland in February 2015.
Departments / Divisions
- Medicine at Suburban Hospital
- MD, Harvard Medical School (1997)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2001)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Clinical Neurophysiology (2002)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry (2003)
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2004, 2017)
Research & Publications
Dr. Fotuhi began his research as a graduate student in the department of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in 1987. He studied the cellular and biochemical properties of glutamate receptors in the brain that are implicated in stroke and neurodegenerative conditions. He continued his work as a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and studied the distribution of subtypes of glutamate receptors in the area of the brain that is critical for learning and memory, the hippocampus. His subsequent research as an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and the director of Center for Memory and Brain Health at Sinai hospital focused on the role of NSAIDs and nutrition (especially anti-oxidant vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids) on brain performance in elderly. He then analyzed the neuroscience literature about the role of diabetes, obesity, concussion, and hypertension in causing hippocampal brain atrophy with aging and realized that a great deal of late life dementia can be attributed to modifiable risk factors associated with healthy vs un-healthy lifestyle choices. Based on these findings, he formed an independent brain center and developed a multi-disciplinary "brain fitness program" for patients with cognitive impairment due to aging, vascular diseases, and/or post-concussive disorder. This program has been quite effective in improving the cognitive function in his patients and, in some cases, there is a measurable increases in the volume of the hippocampus. Dr. Fotuhi is now interested in optimizing this brain rehabilitation program for patients with other neurological conditions.
Fotuhi M, Lubinski B, Trullinger M, Hausterman N, Riloff T, Hadadi M, Raji C; A Personalized 12-Week "Brain Fitness Program" For Improving Cognitive Function And Increasing The Volume Of Hippocampus In Elderly With Mild Cognitive Impairment, Journal Of Prevention Of Alzheimer's Disease, March 2016
Fotuhi M, Do D, Jack C. Modifiable factors that alter the size of hippocampus with aging. Nature Reviews Neurology 2012; 8(4) 68-72.
Fotuhi M, Mohassel P, Yaffe K. Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: A complex association. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology 2009; 5(3):140
Fotuhi M, Hachinski V, Whitehouse P. Changing perspectives regarding late-life dementia. Nature Reviews Neurology 2009; 5(12):649
Fotuhi M, Zandi P, Hayden K M, Khachaturian AS, Wengreen H, Munger R, Norton MC, Tschanz JT, Lyketsos K, Breitner JCS, Welsh-Bohmer KA. Better cognitive performance in elderly taking anti-oxidant vitamins E and C in combination with NSAIDs. Alzheimer's and Dementia 2008; 4(3):223
Activities & Honors
- Valedictorian & Recipient of the “Concordia Medal”, 1987 - 1987
- Research and teaching scholarships?Merck Research Scholar, Harvard/MIT, HST program, 1992 - 1997
- Profiled in Dean’s Report, Harvard Medical School, 1993 - 1996
- Nominated by Harvard Medical School for “20 Rising Stars in Boston”, Boston Magazine, 1994 - 1994
- Three top teachers for the Neurobiology course, Harvard Medical School, 1995 - 1995
- Travel Award, American Neurological Association, 1998 - 2000
- Teaching Award, American Academy of Neurology, 2001 - 2001
- Featured in the article - “Iran lost a soldier, but the medical world gained”, The Times (London), 2000 - 2000
- Richard J. Price Caregiver Award, Alzheimer’s Association, 2005 - 2005
- “The Most Intriguing Baltimoreans of the Year”, Baltimore Magazine, 2007 - 2007
- Maryland Health Care Hero Award (Finalist), Daily Record, 2008 - 2008
- Feature about PBS program, “Brain Gain”, Baltimore Magazine, 2008 - 2008
- Performance Improvement Committee, 1999 - 2000
Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Residency Selection Committee, 2004 - 2006
- Committee for Part-time Faculty Development, 2009
Johns Hopkins University
- Society for Neuroscience, 1988 - 1994
- International Brain Research Organization, 1990 - 1992
- Massachusetts Medical Society, 1992 - 1999
- American Medical Association, 1996 - 2001
- American Academy of Neurology, 1998
- Science College Student Association, Concordia University, 1985 - 1986
- Graduate Student Association, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988 - 1990
- Founding Editor, Science College Newsletter, 1984 - 1986
- Senator, Concordia University Senate, Montreal, 1986 - 1986
- Founding Editor, The Hopkins Graduate, 1988 - 1990