Michael Erkkinen, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
+1 415 502-7602
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Dr. Michael Erkkinen received his medical degree from Dartmouth College. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, residency in Neurology at the combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Program, and fellowships in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School until 2020, when he re-joined the Memory and Aging Center team to serve as the clinic’s medical director. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology.  

Dr. Erkkinen is clinically focused and specializes in caring for adults with cognitive and behavioral symptoms. He teaches trainees across the spectrum of medical education, including medical students, residents, fellows, and his peers. He is interested in understanding brain-behavior relationships, in particular speech/language disorders and the neurology of creative expression.


Visual Release Hallucinations After Facial Allotransplantation.

Harvard review of psychiatry

Gibbons LE, Gitlin DF, Erkkinen MG, Kolodziej MS, Pomahac B, McComiskey K, Shah SB

New-Onset Delusions Heralding an Underlying Neurodegenerative Condition: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

The Journal of clinical psychiatry

Ferenczi EA, Erkkinen MG, Feany MB, Fogel BS, Daffner KR

A Clinical Approach to Diagnosing Encephalopathy.

The American journal of medicine

Erkkinen MG, Berkowitz AL

Artistic Renaissance in Frontotemporal Dementia.


Erkkinen MG, Zúñiga RG, Pardo CC, Miller BL, Miller ZA

Clinical Neurology and Epidemiology of the Major Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology

Erkkinen MG, Kim MO, Geschwind MD

Brain activity and connectivity during poetry composition: Toward a multidimensional model of the creative process.

Human brain mapping

Liu S, Erkkinen MG, Healey ML, Xu Y, Swett KE, Chow HM, Braun AR

Cerebrospinal fluid (1,3)-ß-D-glucan in isolated Candida meningitis.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Lyons JL, Erkkinen MG, Vodopivec I

An anomalous developmental venous anomaly.


Narendra DP, Wang N, Erkkinen MG, Jagadeesan J, Lee TC, Zimmerman EE, Klein JP

Neural correlates of lyrical improvisation: an FMRI study of freestyle rap.

Scientific reports

Liu S, Chow HM, Xu Y, Erkkinen MG, Swett KE, Eagle MW, Rizik-Baer DA, Braun AR

Molecular and genetic profiling in human gliomas.

Discovery medicine

Palanichamy K, Erkkinen M, Saia G, Chakravarti A

Predictive and prognostic markers in human glioblastomas.

Current treatment options in oncology

Palanichamy K, Erkkinen M, Chakravarti A

Temozolomide-mediated radiation enhancement in glioblastoma: a report on underlying mechanisms.

Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

Chakravarti A, Erkkinen MG, Nestler U, Stupp R, Mehta M, Aldape K, Gilbert MR, Black PM, Loeffler JS