Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN, is a physician-scientist with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, academia, and industry focusing on neuroscience research and development. He is board-certified in both neurology and pain medicine, with clinical training from Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. As an expert in patient-empowering clinical development from drugs to devices, Dr. Lakhan is keen on transforming medicine and democratizing health care through digital therapeutics (Click Therapeutics).
Previously, Dr. Lakhan served as faculty of leading institutions (Harvard Medical School, Case Western Reserve University), founding department chair and curricular dean (California University of Science and Medicine), institutional review board chair (Arrowhead Regional Medical Center), chief of pain management (Virginia Tech - Carilion Clinic), and executive/leadership positions in biopharma (Sage Therapeutics, Zogenix) and biotech (The Learning Corp, Fern Health). He continues to serve patients as a practicing neurologist and pain specialist (Cambridge Health Alliance) and is an adjunct professor of neuroscience (Virginia Tech).
In addition to exemplary clinical service, Dr. Lakhan has an extensive research, education, advocacy, and philanthropy portfolio. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters. For founding the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, he was bestowed the Harvard Medical School Dean's Community Service Award. He was also conferred the President's Call to Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by President George W. Bush and The U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal by Senators Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Further, California Governor Brown and Virginia Governor Northam have appointed him to prestigious boards including the Health Professions Education Foundation awarding more than $200 million towards closing the health equity gap. He was inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.