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Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., Lic.Ac.

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Vitaly Napadow - Send email to vitaly@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Vitaly Napadow's research expertise is in MRI neuroimaging and his interests focus on evaluating brain processing underlying different aversive perceptual states such as chronic pain, itch, and nausea. The subjective experience of such interoceptive states and concurrent autonomic response is an important psychogenic  component of phenomena such as the placebo effect. It may also prove to be an important component of the response to different pharmacologic and interventional therapies,  such as acupuncture. Vitaly is an assistant professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Vitaly holds secondary appointments as an assistant professor in the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is adjunct faculty at Logan College of Chiropractic. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) with a degree in Acupuncture.

Representative Publications:

Napadow V, Dhond RP, Purdon P, Kettner N, Makris N, Kwong KK, Hui KKS. Correlating Acupuncture fMRI in the Human Brainstem with Heart Rate Variability. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2005;5:4496-9.

Napadow V, N Kettner, J Liu, M Li, KK Kwong, M Vangel, N Makris, J Audette and KK Hui. Hypothalamus and Amygdala Response to Acupuncture Stimuli in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Pain. 2007 130(3):254-66.

Napadow V, Dhond RP, Conti G, Makris N, Brown EN, Barbieri R. Brain Correlates of Autonomic Modulation: Combining Heart Rate Variability with fMRI. Neuroimage. 2008, 42(1):169-77. PMID: 18524629.

Gray MA, Minati L, Harrison NA, Gianaros PJ, Napadow V, Critchley HD. Physiological recordings: basic concepts and implementation during functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Neuroimage. 2009; 47(3):1105-15. PMID: 19460445

LaCount, L.T., R. Barbieri, K. Park, J. Kim, E.N. Brown, B. Kuo, V. Napadow. Static and Dynamic Autonomic Response with Increasing Nausea Perception. Aviat Space Environ Med., 2011. 82(4):424-33. PMID: 21485400

Publications by Dr. Napadow