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David Borsook, PhD, MD


DAVID BORSOOK, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, is a pioneer in the use of functional imaging in chronic pain, including migraine, and brain measure of analgesics in adults and children. Dr. Borsook served on the faculty at Harvard Medical school for 40 years as Professor of Anesthesiology and was the Founding Director of the Center for Pain and the Brain at Boston Children’s, MGH and McLean Hospitals. He was the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Descartes Therapeutics, a biomedical startup that focuses on the use of imaging in CNS drug development. His research aims to define brain biomarkers for disease state and treatment effects.

Dr. Borsook, together with Richard Hargreaves aand David Bleakman pioneered the use of brain imaging in drug development.  He currently serves on NCCAM Council at NIH and has been on a number of NIH groups related to future research in chronic pain and headache. As an expert in brain imaging, he has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and is the lead editor of 3 books. Dr Borsook received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.



PhD - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
MD - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.