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  Harold A. Wilkinson, MD PhD
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Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery,
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Associate MGH Neurosurgical Service

Massachusetts General Hospit
Curriculum vitae
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Patient Care & Appointments: Phone: 617-726-2937 Fax: 617-724-3484
Physician Referral: MGH Neurosurgery Referral System
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Clinical Background:

MD Degree: Duke Medical School 1959
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital - Neurosurgery  
Board Certifications: Neurosurgery  
Clinical Office:

Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Neurosurgical Service
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street,
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Contact: Kerry Davis, Clinical Access Nurse, 617-726-2937
Email: hwilkinson@partners.or

Clinical Interests:

Spine Disorders; Facial Pain/Trigeminal Neuralgia; Sympathectomy & autonomic nervous system disorders.

Surgical Interests:
  Neurosurgical evaluation of neck and back pain, nerve compression syndromes, herniated intervertebral discs, and spinal cord compression syndromes. Treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (tic doloreux), glossopharyngeal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm (tic convulsif).
Selected Publication: [Publications via PubMed]
Harold A. Wilkinson was born on June 17, 1935 at Wake Forest, North Carolina into a medical family; his father, two uncles, two brothers and a cousin were all physicians. He graduated from Wake Forest College magna cum laude in 1955, then obtained both an M.D. degree (1959), and Ph.D., in Neuroanatomy (1962) from Duke University. He completed first an internship in surgery at Duke, then in 1966 completed his Neurosurgical Residency under Drs. Sweet, White, et al at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing his residency he joined the Faculty of Harvard Medical School, first at Boston City Hospital, then at the Beth Israel Hospital. In 1979 he transferred to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he assumed the Chairmanship of the Division of Neurological Surgery and Professorships in Surgery and in Anatomy/Cell Biology. After enlarging the clinical base and strengthening the academic activities, he established a Residency Training Program in Neurological Surgery in 1991 as its first Training Chief.

Dr. Wilkinson has authored two books and numerous peer reviewed publications. He has lectured by invitation in the United States, Europe, the Near East and the Far East. He holds a patent for an ICP monitoring device and has developed a radiofrequency thoracic sympathectomy. His laboratory and clinical research interests have included ICP measurement and control, CSF production, tumor chemotherapy, sympathetic disorders and diagnosis and treatment of the failed back.

Dr. Wilkinson has been Secretary and President of the New England Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of the AANS. He has been a member of and has chaired numerous committees for the CNS and AANS and has been active in the Trauma and Spine Sections. He has held positions with the CDC, FDA and the International Implant Registry.

Dr. Wilkinson opted for early retirement from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1998 and opened a private practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He was Chief of Neurosurgery at the Newton Wellesley Hospital for 5 years and remains on the staff as a member of the Partners' affiliation with the Massachusetts General Hospital. He remains active in teaching medical school students and residents and continues to present scientific papers for publications and at meetings.

Dr. Wilkinson married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Speas Wilkinson, whose father was Professor of Physics at Wake Forest University for over 40 years. Alice is a professional pianist, who is on the Faculty of the Longy School of Music and who teaches and regularly performs solo recitals, chamber music and concertos. They have two sons, Edward (now deceased) and Arthur, who have pursued non-medical careers.

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