Basil Darras

Basil Darras, MD

Associate Neurologist-in-chief; Chief-Division of Clinical Neurology, Director-Neuromuscular Center

Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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"I strive to maintain enthusiasm, optimism, and rigorous science as I design and lead studies to translate the genetic origins of neuromuscular disease into effective treatments for the infants and children in my care."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Electromyography EMG
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Child Neurology

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English
  • Greek

Programs

  • Neuromuscular Program
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Program
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Basil Darras

During my childhood in Greece, my parents instilled in me intellectual curiosity, the ambition to excel, and personal values focused on service. 

These qualities led me to Athens Medical School and to my first research experience, on drug therapies for infectious diseases.  Seeing children affected more virulently than adults, I was ambitious enough to undertake pediatric residency in the United States. Here, with infections under better control, I saw instead a large percentage of patients with weakness caused by neuromuscular disorders. My intellect was drawn to the variety and complexity of this group of disorders, which were not well understood; although most appeared to be inherited, their genetic origins were unclear. Nowadays, the entire human genome has been mapped, but then few people did the painstaking work of chromosome mapping. Uta Francke at Yale University was one of these, and it was my great fortune to train in genetics under her. Focused now as a pediatric neurologist, I strive to maintain Dr. Francke’s enthusiasm, optimism, and rigorous science as I design and lead studies to translate the explosion of knowledge about the genetic origins of neuromuscular disease into effective treatments for the infants and children in my care.

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Athens Medical School, 1977

Athens, GREECE

Internship

University of Athens Hospital, 1979

Athens, GREECE

Residency

Nassau County Medical Center, Clinical Campus SUNY at Stony Brook, 1982

Stony Brook, NY

Residency

Tufts Medical School - New England Medical Center, 1985

Boston, MA

Fellowship

Yale University School of Medicine, 1988

New Haven, CT

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Child Neurology, Medical Genetics

Professional History

Basil T. Darras, MD, is Chief of Boston Children’s Division of Clinical Neurology, Associate Neurologist-in-Chief, and Director of the Neuromuscular Program and Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic.  He is Harvard Medical School’s Joseph J. Volpe Professor of Neurology. A pediatric neurologist with advanced training and certification in human genetics and neuromuscular medicine, his primary research focus is in the field of pediatric neuromuscular disorders.  Major publications have focused on the molecular genetics, diagnostics, and therapeutics of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and other disorders, and on defining the indications for new diagnostic methodologies in the evaluation of children with pediatric neuromuscular diseases.  His clinical focus is the care of children with neuromuscular diseases originating from inherited or acquired conditions of the motor unit.  He is Principal Investigator of the Boston Children’s sites of NeuroNEXT (funded by NIH/NINDS) and the Spinal Muscular Atrophy PNCR Consortium (funded by the SMA Foundation). He has published over 130 original reports in peer-reviewed journals and over 75 chapters, reviews and editorials, and is Editor-in-Chief for the second edition of Neuromuscular Disorders of Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence: A Clinician’s Approach, published by Elsevier in 2015.

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