David Hafler, MD, MS

Scientific Advisor

David Hafler is the Gilbert H. Glaser Professor, the chairman of the department of neurology and a professor of immuno-biology at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also the neurologist-in-chief of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and a founding member of the International Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Genetics Consortium, a group recently formed to define the genetic causes of MS. Hafler is a clinical scientist focused on understanding the mechanism of autoimmunity and is particularly interested in inflammatory central nervous system diseases. Before moving to Yale in 2009, Hafler was Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and he served as the executive director of the immunology program at Harvard Medical School and was on the faculty of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology health science and technology program. Hafler graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biochemistry, and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, followed by a neurology residency at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital in New York. Hafler additionally received training in immunology at Rockefeller University and Harvard University.