Martin A. Samuels

Director, Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience – Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Martin A. Samuels, MD, is Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience. Dr. Samuels also is the founding and current Chair of the BWH Department of Neurology and Miriam Sydney Joseph Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.


Board certified in both neurology and internal medicine, Dr. Samuels is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a fellow of the American Neurological Association, member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is the author of many scientific articles and several books including Samuels’s Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics. He has served as president of the Association of University Professors of Neurology. Dr. Samuels’s special interest is the interface between internal medicine and neurology. He is internationally known, both within internal medicine and neurology, as a premier diagnostician and teacher. Dr. Samuels’s career focus has been relieving the suffering caused by neurological disease and symptoms.


Dr. Samuels has defined the field of neurological medicine with its many subspecialties of neuro-cardiology, neuro-hematology, neuro-gastroenterology and all of the other broad interfaces between diseases of the nervous system and disorders in the rest of the body. He also has written and lectured widely on these topics, as well as common neurologic complaints such as dizziness, movement disorders, stroke, emergency neurology, and headache. Dr. Samuels is perhaps best recognized as the creator of what is now known as Samuels’s Manual of Neurologic Therapeutics (in its 9th edition) as co-author with Dr. Allan Ropper, as well as Adams’s and Victor’s Principles of Neurology (now in its tenth edition).


Dr. Samuels completed his undergraduate studies at Williams College, and received his MD at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his post-doctoral training in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital and in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.