Dr. Allan H. Ropper is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in 1950 in New York, New York. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York in 1974. Dr. Ropper trained in internal medicine at UCSF –Moffit Hospital and in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Ropper has been a practicing and academic neurologist for more than 35 years. He is a deputy editor at New England Journal of Medicine. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology.
He is credited with being one of the founders of the field of neurological intensive care and is author of the most widely used textbook of neurology in the world, Principles of Neurology, now in its tenth edition, in addition to numerous books and over 150 scholarly articles. He is a longtime contributor to several major textbooks of medicine including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. His research interests are in the intensive care of head trauma, stroke, guillain-Barré syndrome and in experimental gene therapy for neuropathy. He has received numerous awards for teaching and service.
Dr. Ropper has recently published a book for the public, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole, in which he explains the mystery and drama of brain disease.