Galen Henderson, MD, FNCS is Director of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A Mississippi native, he is a graduate of Tougaloo College, an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Jackson, Miss., and Brown Medical School. He completed his residency in the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program and a fellowship in Neurocritical Care at the Brigham. Dr. Henderson subsequently joined the Brigham’s Neurology Department, where he became the director of Neurocritical Care in 2001. During his tenure, our neurocritical care service has grown from five to twenty beds and is now one of the busiest ICUs at the Brigham.
In addition to his work at Brigham, Dr. Henderson is the founding deputy editor of Journal Watch Neurology, editor of Reprints in Stroke and the associate medical director of two federally designated organ procurement organizations. He received awards from three different secretaries of Health and Human Services for his contributions to the development of the Organ Donation National Collaborative.
He is also assistant professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, where his research focuses on clinical trials regarding treatments for stroke and cerebral hemorrhage. In addition, he lectures at the Neurocritical Care Society and the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brown University and past president of the university’s Alumni Association. He received a notable alumni service award from the university for his leadership and many contributions.