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Benjamin Natelson

  • PROFESSOR Neurology
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  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


    Benjamin H. Natelson received his bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and then did his neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Following that, he did two postdoctoral fellowships: one in behavioral neurosciences at the Cornell University Medical Center in White Plains NY and one in physiological psychology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC. He then moved to the New Jersey Medical School in Newark and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in East Orange. He rose through the ranks attaining the rank of Professor of Neurosciences in 1981 leaving in 2008 as an Emeritus Professor. He had continual funding from the VA through 1999 for his experimental work on stress and chronobiology. With the award of a federally funded research center to explore the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in 1991, he shifted his research to studies of humans with CFS and more recently has extended those studies to include those with fibromyalgia. He has served as President of the Pavlovian Society and of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He has over 240 papers published in peer review journals and has authored 3 books. Since 2008, Dr. Natelson has moved his activities to the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan where he directs the Pain & Fatigue Study Center (see He is also a Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


  • 2014 - 2014
    Invited Professor
    Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo

  • 2013 - 2015
    OM Committee to consider new name for CFS

  • 2009 - 2009
    Rudy Perpich Award

  • 1999 - 1999
    The Melvin Ramsay Society Medal


Togo F, Lange G, Natelson BH, Quigley KS. Attention network test: assessment of cognitive function in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of neuropsychology 2015 Mar; 9(1).

Cook DB, Stegner AJ, Nagelkirk PR, Meyer JD, Togo F, Natelson BH. Responses to exercise differ for chronic fatigue syndrome patients with fibromyalgia. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 2012 Jun; 44(6).

Natelson BH. Brain dysfunction as one cause of CFS symptoms including difficulty with attention and concentration. Frontiers in physiology 2013; 4.

Togo F, Natelson BH. Heart rate variability during sleep and subsequent sleepiness in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical 2013 Jun; 176(1-2).

Shungu DC, Weiduschat N, Murrough JW, Mao X, Pillemer S, Dyke JP, Medow MS, Natelson BH, Stewart JM, Mathew SJ. Increased ventricular lactate in chronic fatigue syndrome. III. Relationships to cortical glutathione and clinical symptoms implicate oxidative stress in disorder pathophysiology. NMR in biomedicine 2012 Sep; 25(9).

Nakamura T, Schwander S, Donnelly R, Cook DB, Ortega F, Togo F, Yamamoto Y, Cherniack NS, Klapholz M, Rapoport D, Natelson BH. Exercise and sleep deprivation do not change cytokine expression levels in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Clinical and vaccine immunology : CVI 2013 Nov; 20(11).

Kishi A, Natelson BH, Togo F, Struzik ZR, Rapoport DM, Yamamoto Y. Sleep-stage dynamics in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome with or without fibromyalgia. Sleep 2011 Nov; 34(11).

Lange G, Janal MN, Maniker A, Fitzgibbons J, Fobler M, Cook D, Natelson BH. Safety and efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation in fibromyalgia: a phase I/II proof of concept trial. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 2011 Sep; 12(9).

Kishi A, Togo F, Cook DB, Klapholz M, Yamamoto Y, Rapoport DM, Natelson BH. The effects of exercise on dynamic sleep morphology in healthy controls and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Physiological reports 2013 Nov; 1(6).

Facing and Fighting Fatigue: A Practical Approach.. New Haven, Yale University Press 1998;.

Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong.. New York, John Wiley & Sons 2007;.

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Dr. Natelson did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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