Dr. Basil Darras, MD

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Dr. Basil Darras, MD
Dr. Basil Darras earned Greece's highest marks on nationwide tests to be admitted to medical school, and graduated from Athens University School of Medicine at the top of his class. Dr. Darras became frustrated by the Greek system that controlled access to further training in pediatrics, so he traveled to the U.S. for his residency. He had planned to return to Greece, but stayed in the U.S. due to the enormous opportunities for research and care for patients at the highest possible level. Dr. Darras is motivated to find cures for children with neuromuscular disorders. he has trained and published extensively as a basic scientist, but was not fulfilled by researching and diagnosing patients alone without helping to improve their lives and outcomes. As a result, he has become very active in clinical research and am excited to be practicing and researching at a time in the field when powerful new resources are at our disposal. Dr. Daras' focus is on treating children with neuromuscular diseases, which present as problems of motor development and function. He is the acting Associate neurologist-in-chief at Boston Children's Hospital and holds the Joseph J. Volpe Chair in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Chief of the Division of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Neurology at the hospital. For 11 years, Dr. Darras ran the hospital's neurology residency training program and I was twice voted teacher of the year by neurology residents. His special focus is in the care of children with neuromuscular conditions originating from inherited or acquired conditions of the motor unit. These include patients with complex muscle diseases like muscular dystrophies and congenital or metabolic myopathies, neuromuscular transmission defects, neuropathies, motor neuronopathies, and also inflammatory muscle or nerve conditions. Dr. Darras also sees patients with general neurological problems such seizures. Following medical school in Greece and residencies in pediatrics and child neurology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Darras completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale in genetics, which gives him a unique lens through which he approaches problems of childhood motor development. When he was training in neurology, he gravitated toward neuromuscular cases. The fact that many have a genetic basis appealed to me. At Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Darras says he is proud to be involved with two innovative multi-disciplinary clinical programs. He directs the Neuromuscular Program, which provides diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for children with neuromuscular diseases and is one largest of its kind in the country; and the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Clinical Research Program, which seeks to improve medical care of children with SMA and discover new treatments for this devastating motor neuron disease. Through his clinical and research experience, as well as his hospital leadership roles, Dr. Darras has influenced care in the field of pediatric neuromuscular diseases both nationally and internationally.

Department of Neurology

300 Longwood Ave

Boston, MA 02115

Contact Information

(617) 355-6388

Dr. Basil Darras, MD

Dr. Basil Darras, MD

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Care Philosophy

My approach to care reflects my interest in the genetic basis of neurological disease and my desire to practice on the forefront of clinical care and research. I was born and raised in Greece and was strongly influenced by a number of doctors in my family. One of my uncles would let me watch him treat patients and help him give immunizations in schools.

During my childhood in Greece, my parents instilled in me intellectual curiosity, the ambition to excel, and personal values focused on service.

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Dr. Darras' Experience

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Dr. Darras' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Pediatrics
  • Board certified in Clinical Genetics, Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine and Pediatrics
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Electromyography
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Pediatric Neurology
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Board Certifications

  • Clinical Genetics
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Genetics*
  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Pediatrics
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ataxia
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myoclonus
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Pediatric Neurological Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Tremor
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Procedures

  • EMG (Electromyography)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Athens, School Of Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • University Of Athens Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Nassau County Medical Center, Clinical Campus SUNY At Stony Brook
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Tufts Medical School-New England Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Yale University School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Darras has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Darras' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Darras to family and friends
3.6
based on 5 total reviews (1 with a comment)
Dr. Darras' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
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He is clearly a very smart man, but has horrible bedside manners. He wasn't aware of my very important medical history (it was in my chart), he only spoke to the caregiver not the patient, and he was extremely rushed.
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Hospitals where Dr. Darras has admitting privileges

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
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