Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, received his MD (cum laude) from Harvard Medical School, as a member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and his PhD in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center and an affiliate staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also lectures on topics related to neuroscience, cognition, brain health, and concussion to medical students at Harvard Medical School and at local, national, and international conferences.
Fotuhi’s initial clinical research at Johns Hopkins focused on the basic brain neurochemistry and on finding effective ways to prevent dementia. More specifically, he worked on longitudinal studies to determine the beneficial role of a combination of vitamins and natural supplements along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and omega-3 fatty acids in maintaining cognitive function and brain vitality. His current research has focused on issues related to intensive treatment of patients with memory loss and/or post-concussive syndrome. He has published his research findings in Brain Research, Journal of Neuroscience, The Lancet, Nature, Neurology, Neuron, and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. He has developed a multi-disciplinary treatment protocol for helping patients boost their cognitive function called the Brain Fitness Program, and the results of this work have been published in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Fotuhi has dedicated much of his career to educating the public about memory, aging, and concussion. In his book The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, he provides clear and concise information about how to prevent dementia. His second book, The New York Times Crosswords to Keep Your Brain Young: The 6-Step Age-Defying Program, was released in January 2008 and was the basis for his PBS program, Fight Alzheimer’s Early. His most recent book, Boost Your Brain, teaches people how they can grow the size of the memory parts of their brain.
Fotuhi has been interviewed by more than 50 national media outlets including ABC News, CTV, CNN, CBS, the TODAY Show, the Montel Williams Show, Fox News, the Dr. Oz Show, Discovery Channel, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Health magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Forbes,BusinessWeek,The Chicago Tribune,The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Montreal Gazette, and The Times (London).
Fotuhi has taken a leadership role in the field of medical education. He has received numerous awards for his innovative and dynamic teaching style. He is a popular instructor at Harvard Medical School, where he designed and helped to build two 5-foot-tall brain models for his students in neuroanatomy classes. He won the distinguished teaching award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2001. He has presented academic lectures as an honorary visiting professor in Canada, Egypt, China, Israel, and Japan.
Fotuhi lives with his wife and two daughters in McLean, VA. His hobbies include ballroom dancing, tennis, scuba diving, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family.