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Lakshmi Nayak, MD


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Lakshmi Nayak, MD


  • Director of the Center for Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
  • Senior Physician
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Brain and leptomeningeal metastases
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Primary brain and spinal cord tumors including gliomas, glioblastoma, primary CNS lymphoma, and ependymoma

Diseases Treated

  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Glioblastoma
  • Low-Grade Glioma
  • Lymphoma, Primary CNS
  • Meningioma

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-632-3703
  • Office Phone Number617-632-2166
  • Fax617-632-4773


Dr. Lakshmi Nayak currently serves as Director of the Center for CNS Lymphoma within the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Cornell campus, and fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Her research includes development of novel therapies through preclinical and clinical studies for management of primary brain tumors including glioblastoma and primary central nervous system lymphoma, with particular focus on molecular targeted agents and immunotherapeutics. She leads the international neurologic assessment in neuro-oncology (NANO) effort in collaboration with key leaders in neuro-oncology which led to the development of a standardized scale to evaluate neurologic function in patients with brain tumors.

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2009
  • Neuro-Oncology, 2013


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Neuro-Oncology


  • New York Downtown Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Neurology

Medical School:

  • Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, India


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