Benjamin Natelson, MD
- PROFESSOR | Neurology
- Hospital Affiliations
- The Mount Sinai Hospital
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel
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Dr. Benjamin H. Natelson is the only neurologist on the east coast expert in the diagnosis and care of patients with severe fatigue and/or body-wide pain for which there is no apparent medical explanation. These are called ME/CFS and FM, respectively -- abbreviations for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. In caring for such patients, Dr Natelson is an acknowledged expert in reducing fatigue and managing pain.
Dr. Natelson is a Professor of Neurology who has two major goals: 1) to do research to understand the causes of these disorders and to develop new treatments, and 2) to provide state-of-the-art medical care for patients living with these disorders.
Prior to coming to Mount Sinai, Dr Natelson was at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in East Orange where he directed federally funded centers for the study of ME/CFS and for Gulf War Illness -- a medical problem overlapping with ME/CFS but restricted to veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. He subsequently expanded his focus to include fibromyalgia.
Dr. Natelson has had and continues to have federal funding for his research. He has served as President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, has been awarded the Melvin Ramsey Society medal, the Rudy Perpich Award, and most recently the Medical Excellence Award from the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America. He has over 260 papers published in peer review journals plus 3 books for the layperson. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine's working committee on medically unexplained severe fatigue.
Dr Natelson and staff spend about 2 1/2 hours with a new patient. Dr Natelson asks new patients to complete and send in the health screen form found at www.painandfatigue.com After that material is reviewed, staff will call to set up an initial appointment. The information in this questionnaire, plus any recent lab reports or letters from doctors, allows him the time to personalize and focus on each individual seeking care.
Dr. Natelson offers telemedicine appointments when appropriate. Please call his office to schedule a video visit.
Dr. Natelson is registered to provide telehealth services in Florida.
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia
MD, University of Pennsylvania
Internship, Internal Medicine
Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York Hospital (Westchester Div)
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Medical Excellence Award
Fibromyalgia Care Society of America
Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo
Institute of Medicine Committee to consider new name for CFS
Rudy Perpich Award
The Melvin Ramsay Society Medal
The Pain and Fatigue Study Center
Dr Natelson's laboratory, the research limb of the Pain & Fatigue Study Center, focuses its efforts on understanding the causes and in developing new treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Gulf War Illness. Current support for these efforts comes from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Defense. http://www.painandfatigue.com/
Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.
Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Natelson during 2019 and/or 2020. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.
- Pear Therapeutics
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