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Andrew E. Budson, MD

Behavioral Neurologist & Founder

Dr. Andrew Budson is an original founder of Boston Center for Memory (BCM). He is a board certified behavioral neurologist and served as the Medical Director of BCM for 10 years when it was initially established in 2012 until 2021. Dr. Budson continues to provide neurological evaluations for all new patients and provide follow up care for patients who have neurologically complex cases. 

Dr. Budson serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Chief of the Section of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, and Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. He is also the Director of Outreach, Recruitment, and Education at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Consultant Neurologist at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Department of Neurology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Dr. Budson has had NIH research funding since 1998, receiving a National Research Service Award and a Career Development Award in addition to a Research Project (R01) grant. He has given over 325 local, national, and international grand rounds and other academic talks, including at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Queen Square, London, Berlin Germany, and Cambridge University, England. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Brain, and Cortex, and is a reviewer for more than 50 journals. He was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology in 2008 and the Research Award in Geriatric Neurology in 2009, both from the American Academy of Neurology. His current research uses the techniques of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to understand memory and memory distortions in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. In his Memory Disorders Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System he treats patients while teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.


Dr. Budson earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After graduating cum laude, he was an intern in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He then attended the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Residency Program, for which he was chosen to be chief resident in his senior year. He pursued a fellowship in behavioral neurology and dementia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, after which he joined the neurology department there. He participated in numerous clinical trials of new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease in his role as the Associate Medical Director of Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following his clinical training, he spent three years studying memory as a post-doctoral fellow in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University under the direction of Professor Daniel Schacter. While continuing in the Neurology Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he began work as Consultant Neurologist for The Memory Clinic in Bennington, Vermont. After five years as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, he joined the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Hospital. During his 5 years at the Bedford GRECC he served in several roles including the Director of Outpatient Services, Associate Clinical Director, and later the overall GRECC Director. He has also served as Bedford ’s Acting Chief of Staff. Later he moved to Boston as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

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