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Benjamin Natelson, MD

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    • Position
    • PROFESSOR | Neurology
    • Specialty
    • Neurology
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliations
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
    • Phone
    • Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice 212-844-6768

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, managing pain, and brain fog.  Recently, due to the fact that some Covid survivors have these symptoms, Dr Natelson has extended his care to the post-Covid long hauler.

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 and, now, post-Covid fatigue.

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 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

Clinical Focus

Research Topics

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia


MD, University of Pennsylvania

Internship, Internal Medicine
Bronx Municipal Hospital Center

Residency, Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Fellowship, Neuroscience
New York Hospital (Westchester Div)



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