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David E. Thaler, MD, PhD appointed Neurologist-in-Chief


December 1, 2014 (BOSTON) David Thaler, MD, PhD has been named Neurologist-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine, the organizations announced today. Thaler, a nationally-recognized leader in stroke research, treatment and prevention, has held both positions on an interim basis since September, 2013. He has served as an attending neurologist within the Tufts Medical Center Neurology Department since 1998.

“Dr. Thaler’s reputation as an outstanding clinician, an innovative researcher and a physician leader is well-known among his colleagues, both inside and outside our institution,” said Michael Wagner, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “He possesses the vision, expertise and leadership skills necessary to continue to build and strengthen our neurology program.”

“I’m grateful and excited for this chance to guide our neurology program into a new era of medicine,” said Dr. Thaler. “I look forward to ensuring our neurology department sets the bar for excellence in patient care, research and education. I am fortunate to work with a terrific group of dedicated physicians and I am eager to see what we can accomplish together.”

As Interim Neurologist-in-Chief, Dr. Thaler reached an agreement with Lemuel Shattuck Hospital to provide their neurology services on site. He also developed a relationship with Specialists On Call, a national leader in emergency telemedicine consultations, to offer innovative neurology telemedicine services to community hospitals in the region. In addition, Dr. Thaler spearheaded a collaboration with Pfizer, resulting in a research grant of $1 million over the next two years and the creation of up to four fellowship positions.

Over the course of his 16-year tenure at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Thaler has been instrumental in building the Medical Center’s national reputation for excellence in stroke care; he will continue to serve as the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tufts MC. Dr. Thaler also conducts cutting-edge research to identify treatments for preventing strokes in young people. He co-authored a 2013 New England Journal of Medicine article reporting the largest clinical trial for the prevention of recurrent stroke in young patients with patent foramen ovale, a hole between the upper chambers of the heart. More recently, Dr. Thaler co-authored a Scientific Statement on behalf of the American Stroke Association about the association between chiropractic cervical manipulation and arterial dissection or stroke.

Dr. Thaler received his bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and earned his PhD and medical degree from Oxford University. He completed his neurology residency at Longwood (Harvard) Neurology and his fellowship in Critical Care Neurology at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston.


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

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