Rappaport Connects Gateway |
Follow Us |

Andrea Harriott


Andrea Harriott


Massachusetts General Hospital


MGH Research Fellows




MGH profile

On Solid Ground

Dr. Andrea Harriot’s award has firmed up her career and inspired minority students.

For nearly 30 years, the funding provided by the Rappaport Foundation to physicians and researchers has allowed brilliance to flourish and breakthroughs to triumph in the areas of neurologic diseases and mental illness.

Dr. Harriott was a clinical fellow from 2016 to 2017. Prior to that she completed neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, and a stroke fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard instructor. Her interests include vascular disease in women with migraine aura, stroke and pre-eclampsia. She conducts basic science and translational research in migraine.

Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD, is an Assistant in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Harriott has dual subspecialty training in vascular neurology and headache medicine, completing two fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and the John R. Graham Headache Center. The generous support of the Rappaport Family Foundation allowed Dr. Harriott to continue research in migraine and vascular disease in young women. Migraine is the second leading cause of years lost due to disability globally and risk factor for stroke, heart attack, preeclampsia and mood disorders in women. Chronic migraine sufferers have frequent headache attacks occurring greater than 15 days per month. Chronic migraine sufferers endure greater disability compared to episodic migraine sufferers. They experience cognitive deficits and are at higher risk for psychiatric illness. There are a few preclinical chronic migraine models to study the impact of chronicity on pain processing psychiatric behavior cognition. Dr. Harriott uses an optogenetic technique to elicit electrical events responsible for migraine aura in rodents as a non-invasive model of chronic migraine to discover sex and hormonal influences on migraine pathobiology.