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John W. Stakes, M.D.

John Wilbur Stakes, MD

Titles and Contact Information

Director, Specialty Care Development, Mass General Physicians Organization

Director, Sleep Disorders Unit

Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Appointments: (617) 726-3643
Fax Number: (617) 724-0897

Affiliations and Profiles

  • Department of Neurology
  • General Medical Associates
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • Sleep Disorders Medicine
  • General Neurology

Clinical Background

1975 MD Degree Cornell University
Medical College
1978 Residency Massachusetts General Hospital
Internal Medicine
1978 Board Certification Internal Medicine
1981 Residency Massachusetts General Hospital
1982 Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital
EEG and Evoked Potentials
1983 Board Certification Neurology


Makris N, Worth AJ, Sorensen AG, Papadimitriou GM, Wu O, Reese TG, Wedeen VJ, Davis TL, Stakes JW, Caviness VS, Kaplan E, Rosen BR, Pandya DN, Kennedy DN
Morphometry of in vivo human white matter association pathways with diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging.
Ann Neurol. 1997 Dec ; 42 (6): 951-62

Greenberg SM, Vonsattel JP, Stakes JW, Gruber M, Finklestein SP
The clinical spectrum of cerebral amyloid angiopathy: presentations without lobar hemorrhage.
Neurology. 1993 Oct ; 43 (10): 2073-9

Hudson JI, Pope HG, Jonas JM, Stakes JW, Grochocinski V, Lipinski JF, Kupfer DJ
Sleep EEG in bulimia.
Biol Psychiatry. 1987 Jul ; 22 (7): 820-8

Wechsler LR, Stakes JW, Shahani BT, Busis NA
Periodic leg movements of sleep (nocturnal myoclonus): an electrophysiological study.
Ann Neurol. 1986 Feb ; 19 (2): 168-73

Weilburg JB, Stakes JW, Brotman A, Herzog D
Sleep architecture in bulimia: a pilot study.
Biol Psychiatry. 1985 Feb ; 20 (2): 225-8

Ladenson PW, Stakes JW, Ridgway EC
Reversible alteration of the visual evoked potential in hypothyroidism.
Am J Med. 1984 Dec ; 77 (6): 1010-4

Schwartz WJ, Stakes JW, Hobson JA
Transient cataplexy after removal of a craniopharyngioma.
Neurology. 1984 Oct ; 34 (10): 1372-5

Baltaxe HA, Alonso DR, Lee JG, Prat J, Husted JW, Stakes JW
Impaired left ventricular contracility in ischemic heart disease: angiographic and histopathologic correlations.
Radiology. 1974 Dec ; 113 (3): 581-5

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