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Guy M. McKhann, M.D.

Professor of Neurology

Guy McKhann, M.D.
Guy M. McKhann, M.D. is professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Dr. McKhann is the founding chairman of the department of neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is also is the founding director of The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University.  

Dr. McKhann has authored over 200 publications.  He is the co-editor of a successful neurology textbook, Diseases of the Nervous System: Clinical Neurobiology, which is in its third edition.  He and his colleague (and wife) Dr. Marilyn Albert have published a book about aging and the brain for the general public, Keep Your Brain Young.

His most recent research is in the assessment of cognitive and neurologic outcomes after cardiac surgery. In these studies he compared those undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with 3 control groups: off-pump surgery; medical therapy; and those without risk factors for coronary artery disease. These recently completed studies indicate that there is no long-term cognitive dysfunction specific to those undergoing coronary artery surgery. 

Dr. McKhann has been involved with a number of scientific organizations, having been president of the American Neurological Association, the leading academic neurology society.  He is currently the Scientific Advisor to the Charles A. Dana Foundation. He was formerly the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Group for the United Cerebral Palsy.  In addition to his work in this country, Dr. McKhann has been involved in research in China related to epidemics of a paralytic disease in children. He has also been an advisor to the Vatican on issues relating to the end of life, particularly “Brain Death.”

Dr. McKhann attended Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and received his M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, Connecticut).