Anthony L. Komaroff

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Anthony Komaroff
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Born (1941-06-07) June 7, 1941 (age 78)
Alma materStanford University (A.B.), University of Washington (M.D.)
Spouse(s)Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Scientific career
FieldsGeneral internal medicine, Clinical epidemiology
InstitutionsHarvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Anthony L. Komaroff (born June 7, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American physician, clinical investigator, editor, and publisher.


Anthony L. (Tony) Komaroff was raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended college at Stanford University and medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. Following medical school, he attended Harvard Medical School for training in internal medicine and then joined the faculty.

Komaroff was the Director of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston MA, from 1982–1997, and built one of the world’s renowned academic general medicine units. From 1982-1987, he was the vice president for management systems of Brigham and Women's Hospital. From 1997 through January 2015, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Health Publications Division (HHP) of Harvard Medical School, the division responsible for publishing all of the School's health information for the general public—books, newsletters, Internet content and doctors' office information. The information is published in multiple languages, in countries around the world.

He has published over 230 research articles and book chapters, and two books. His publications cover the development of clinical algorithms,[1][2] cost-effectiveness analyses of primary care practices,[3] clinical research on common respiratory and urinary infections,[4][5] and chronic fatigue syndrome.[6][7][8][9][10] Komaroff also has published research on human herpesvirus 6.[11][12]

Komaroff was the Editor in Chief of the best-selling book, the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide; is the founding editor of NEJM Journal Watch, a publication of the New England Journal of Medicine; is the editor-in-chief of the Harvard Health Letter, a newsletter from Harvard Medical School for the general public; and from 2011-December 2016 was the author of a daily newspaper column, Ask Doctor K, that was syndicated by United Media and appeared in over 400 newspapers in North America. In these publications, he describes the latest developments in biological science and medical research to both practicing health professionals and the general public.[13][14][15]

Finally, Komaroff also served as editor of the autobiographies of two biomedical scientists, Nobel Laureates Joseph E. Murray and Thomas H. Weller.

Currently, Komaroff serves as the Distinguished Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.



  1. ^ Komaroff, AL; Black, WL; Flatley, M; Knopp, RH; Reiffen, B; Sherman, H (1974). "Protocols for physician assistants. Management of diabetes and hypertension". The New England Journal of Medicine. 290 (6): 307–12. doi:10.1056/NEJM197402072900605. PMID 4148936.[non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ Greenfield, S; Komaroff, AL; Pass, TM; Anderson, H; Nessim, S (1978). "Efficiency and cost of primary care by nurses and physician assistants". The New England Journal of Medicine. 298 (6): 305–9. doi:10.1056/NEJM197802092980604. PMID 23495.[non-primary source needed]
  3. ^ Berwick, DM; Komaroff, AL (1982). "Cost effectiveness of lead screening". The New England Journal of Medicine. 306 (23): 1392–8. doi:10.1056/NEJM198206103062304. PMID 6804866.[non-primary source needed]
  4. ^ Komaroff, AL.; Aronson, M.; Pass, T.; Ervin, C.; Branch, W.; Schachter, J (1983). "Serologic evidence of chlamydial and mycoplasmal pharyngitis in adults". Science. 222 (4626): 927–9. doi:10.1126/science.6415813. PMID 6415813.[non-primary source needed]
  5. ^ Komaroff, AL.; Friedland, G (1980). "The Dysuria-Pyuria Syndrome". New England Journal of Medicine. 303 (8): 452–4. doi:10.1056/NEJM198008213030808. PMID 6893073.[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ Komaroff, AL; Cho, T (2011). "Role of infection and neurologic dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome". Seminars in Neurology. 31 (3): 325–37. doi:10.1055/s-0031-1287654. PMID 21964849.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ Hornig, M; et al. (2015). "Distinct plasma immune signatures in ME/CFS are present early in the course of illness". Science Advances. 1 (1): e1400121. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400121. PMC 4465185. PMID 26079000.
  8. ^ Komaroff, AL (2015). "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Real Illness". Annals of Internal Medicine. 162 (12): 871–2. doi:10.7326/m15-0647. PMID 26075760.
  9. ^ Komaroff, AL (2017). "Inflammation correlates with symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 114 (34): 8914–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.1712475114. PMC 5576849. PMID 28811366.
  10. ^ Komaroff, AL (2019). "Advances in understanding the pathophysiology of chronic fatigue syndrome". JAMA. 322 (6): 499–500. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8312. PMID 31276153.
  11. ^ Arbuckle, JH; et al. (2010). "The latent human herpesvirus-6A genome specifically integrates in telomeres of human chromosomes in vivo and in vitro". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107 (12): 5563–8. doi:10.1073/pnas.0913586107. PMC 2851814. PMID 20212114.
  12. ^ Zerr, DM; Komaroff, AL (2014). Cognitive dysfunction from HHV-6A and HHV-6B. In: Human Herpesviruses HHV-6A, HHV-6B and HHV-7, Eds: L Flamand, I Lautenschlager, GRF Krueger, DV Ablashi. Elsevier. pp. 99–143.
  13. ^ Komaroff, AL (2015). "Modern biological research, medical practice, and human knowledge". JAMA. 314 (11): 1133–5. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10893. PMID 26372579.
  14. ^ Komaroff, AL (2017). "The microbiome and risk for obesity and diabetes". JAMA. 317 (4): 355–6. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20099. PMID 28006047.
  15. ^ Komaroff, AL (2017). "Gene editing using CRISPR: why the excitement?". JAMA. 318 (8): 699–700. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.10159. PMID 28796848.

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