Prof. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff


The Cooper Union, New York, NY BSE 1982-1985, Biomechanics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA MSME 1986-1988 Mech Eng/ Biomech
Boston University, Boston, MA PhD 1992-1995 Biomedical Engineering
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Fellowship 1996-1997 Geriatrics

Clinical Experience

1986 – 1988   Research Associate, MIT Newman Biomechanics Laboratory
1990 – 1995    Biomedical Scientist, Harvard Medical School
1995 – 1998    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
1996 – 1997   NRSA Fellow, Harvard Medical School
1997 – 2002   Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1999 – 2002 Associate Director, Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine
1999 – 2002    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2002 – Present   Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2000 – Present   Director, Laboratory for Gait Analysis and Neurodynamics,
Tel-Aviv Sourasky  Medical Center
2002 – 2006   Senior Lecturer, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
2006 – Present   Associate Professor, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
2005 – Present Director of Research, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence,  Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center


Book Authorship:
J.M. Hausdorff, N.B. Alexander  (eds). Gait disorders: evaluation and management. Marcel Dekker Inc. 2005.



Selected Recent Publications:

• Mirelman A, Raphaeli-Baer N, Dorffman M, Hausdorff JM. Virtual reality with Treadmill training for fall prevention in idiopathic fallers- preliminary results. ICVR conference proceding 2011.  
• Mirelman A, Gurevich T, Giladi N, Bar-Shira A, Orr-Urtreger A, Hausdorff JM. Gait alterations in healthy carriers of the LRRK2 G2019S mutation. Ann Neurol 2011 Jan;69:193-197.
• Plotnik M, Giladi N, Dagan Y, Hausdorff JM. Postural instability and fall risk in Parkinson's disease: impaired dual tasking, pacing, and bilateral coordination of gait during the "ON" medication state. Exp Brain Res 2011 Jan 30.
• Klenk J, Becker C, Lieken F, Nicolai S, Maetzler W, Alt W, Zijlstra W, Hausdorff JM, van Lummel RC, Chiari L, Lindemann U. Comparison of acceleration signals of simulated and real-world backward falls. Med Eng Phys 2011 Apr;33:368-373.
• Mirelman A, Maidan I, Herman T, Deutsch JE, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Virtual reality for gait training: can it induce motor learning to enhance complex walking and reduce fall risk in patients with Parkinson's disease? J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2011 Feb;66:234-240.
• Plotnik M, Dagan Y, Gurevich T, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Effects of cognitive function on gait and dual tasking abilities in patients with Parkinson's disease suffering from motor response fluctuations. Exp Brain Res 2011 Jan;208:169-179.
• Ko SU, Hausdorff JM, Ferrucci L. Age-associated differences in the gait pattern changes of older adults during fast-speed and fatigue conditions: results from the Baltimore longitudinal study of ageing. Age Ageing 2010 Nov;39:688-694.
• Weiss A, Herman T, Plotnik M, Brozgol M, Hausdorff JM. M or W-shape: Implications of axis definition for the accelerometer-based Timed-Up & Go Test. Med Eng Phys 2010 Dec;32:1229.
• Maidan I, Plotnik M, Mirelman A, Weiss A, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Heart rate changes during freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord 2010 Oct 30;25:2346-2354.
• Herman T, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Properties of the 'Timed Up and Go' Test: More than Meets the Eye. Gerontology 2010 May 20.
• Herman T, Mirelman A, Giladi N, Schweiger A, Hausdorff JM. Executive control deficits as a prodrome to falls in healthy older adults: a prospective study linking thinking, walking, and falling. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2010 Oct;65:1086-1092.
• Weiss A, Shimkin I, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Automated detection of near falls: algorithm development and preliminary results. BMC Res Notes 2010;3:62.
• Huber-Mahlin V, Giladi N, Herman T, Perez C, Gurevich T, Hausdorff JM. Progressive nature of a higher level gait disorder: a 3-year prospective study. J Neurol 2010 Aug;257:1279-1286.
• Yogev-Seligmann G, Rotem-Galili Y, Mirelman A, Dickstein R, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. How does explicit prioritization alter walking during dual-task performance? Effects of age and sex on gait speed and variability. Phys Ther 2010 Feb;90:177-186.
• Bachlin M, Plotnik M, Roggen D, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM, Troster G. A wearable system to assist walking of Parkinson s disease patients. Methods Inf Med 2010;49:88-95.
• Weiss A, Herman T, Plotnik M, Brozgol M, Maidan I, Giladi N, Gurevich T, Hausdorff JM. Can an accelerometer enhance the utility of the Timed Up & Go Test when evaluating patients with Parkinson's disease? Med Eng Phys 2010 Mar;32:119-125.
• Leveille SG, Jones RN, Kiely DK, Hausdorff JM, Shmerling RH, Guralnik JM, Kiel DP, Lipsitz LA, Bean JF. Chronic musculoskeletal pain and the occurrence of falls in an older population. JAMA 2009 Nov 25;302:2214-2221.
• Bachlin M, Plotnik M, Roggen D, Maidan I, Hausdorff JM, Giladi N, Troster G. Wearable assistant for Parkinson's disease patients with the freezing of gait symptom. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 2010 Mar;14:436-446.
• Hausdorff JM. Gait dynamics in Parkinson's disease: common and distinct behavior among stride length, gait variability, and fractal-like scaling. Chaos 2009 Jun;19:026113.
• Laufer Y, Ring H, Sprecher E, Hausdorff JM. Gait in individuals with chronic hemiparesis: one-year follow-up of the effects of a neuroprosthesis that ameliorates foot drop. J Neurol Phys Ther 2009 Jun;33:104-110.
• Hausdorff JM, Gruendlinger L, Scollins L, O'Herron S, Tarsy D. Deep brain stimulation effects on gait variability in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord 2009 Aug 15;24:1688-1692.
• Ivanov PC, Ma QD, Bartsch RP, Hausdorff JM, Nunes Amaral LA, Schulte-Frohlinde V, Stanley HE, Yoneyama M. Levels of complexity in scale-invariant neural signals. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 2009 Apr;79:041920.
• Srygley JM, Herman T, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Self-report of missteps in older adults: a valid proxy of fall risk? Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2009 May;90:786-792.
• Aerts MB, Synhaeve NE, Mirelman A, Bloem BR, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Is heart rate variability related to gait impairment in patients with Parkinson's disease? A pilot study. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2009 Nov;15:712-715.
• Plotnik M, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Bilateral coordination of gait and Parkinson's disease: the effects of dual tasking. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2009 Mar;80:347-350.
• Hausdorff JM, Schweiger A, Herman T, Yogev-Seligmann G, Giladi N. Dual-task decrements in gait: contributing factors among healthy older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2008 Dec;63:1335-1343.
• Alexander NB, Hausdorff JM. Guest editorial: linking thinking, walking, and falling. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2008 Dec;63:1325-1328.
• Ring H, Treger I, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Neuroprosthesis for footdrop compared with an ankle-foot orthosis: effects on postural control during walking. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2009 Jan;18:41-47.
• Laufer Y, Hausdorff JM, Ring H. Effects of a foot drop neuroprosthesis on functional abilities, social participation, and gait velocity. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2009 Jan;88:14-20.
• Srygley JM, Mirelman A, Herman T, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. When does walking alter thinking? Age and task associated findings. Brain Res 2009 Feb 9;1253:92-99.
• Herman T, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Treadmill training for the treatment of gait disturbances in people with Parkinson's disease: a mini-review. J Neural Transm 2009 Mar;116:307-318.
• Auriel E, Hausdorff JM, Giladi N. Methylphenidate for the treatment of Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders.  Clin Neuropharmacol 2009 Mar;32:75-81.
• Herman T, Inbar-Borovsky N, Brozgol M, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. The Dynamic Gait Index in healthy older adults: the role of stair climbing, fear of falling and gender. Gait Posture 2009 Feb;29:237-241.
• Plotnik M, Hausdorff JM. The role of gait rhythmicity and bilateral coordination of stepping in the pathophysiology of freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord 2008;23 Suppl 2:S444-S450.
• Plotnik M, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Bilateral coordination of walking and freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Eur J Neurosci 2008 Apr;27:1999-2006.
• Ben-Itzhak R, Giladi N, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Can methylphenidate reduce fall risk in community-living older adults? A double-blind, single-dose cross-over study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Apr;56:695-700.
• Bartsch R, Plotnik M, Kantelhardt JW, Havlin S, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Fluctuation and synchronization of gait intervals and gait force profiles distinguish stages of Parkinson's disease. Physica A 2007 Sep 15;383:455-465.
• Hausdorff JM, Ring H. Effects of a new radio frequency-controlled neuroprosthesis on gait symmetry and rhythmicity in patients with chronic hemiparesis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Jan;87:4-13.
• Yogev-Seligmann G, Hausdorff JM, Giladi N. The role of executive function and attention in gait. Mov Disord 2008 Feb 15;23:329-342.
• Levy BR, Ryall AL, Pilver CE, Sheridan PL, Wei JY, Hausdorff JM. Influence of African American elders' age stereotypes on their cardiovascular response to stress. Anxiety Stress Coping 2008 Jan;21:85-93.
• Hausdorff JM, Lowenthal J, Herman T, Gruendlinger L, Peretz C, Giladi N. Rhythmic auditory stimulation modulates gait variability in Parkinson's disease. Eur J Neurosci 2007 Oct;26:2369-2375.
• Herman T, Giladi N, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Six weeks of intensive treadmill training improves gait and quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease: a pilot study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2007 Sep;88:1154-1158.
• Zivotofsky AZ, Hausdorff JM. The sensory feedback mechanisms enabling couples to walk synchronously: an initial investigation. J Neuroeng Rehabil 2007;4:28.
• Sheridan PL, Hausdorff JM. The role of higher-level cognitive function in gait: executive dysfunction contributes to fall risk in Alzheimer's disease. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2007;24:125-137.
• Leitner Y, Doniger GM, Barak R, Simon ES, Hausdorff JM. A novel multidomain computerized cognitive assessment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: evidence for widespread and circumscribed cognitive deficits. J Child Neurol 2007 Mar;22:264-276.
• Hausdorff JM. Gait dynamics, fractals and falls: finding meaning in the stride-to-stride fluctuations of human walking. Hum Mov Sci 2007 Aug;26:555-589.
• Balash Y, Hadar-Frumer M, Herman T, Peretz C, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. The effects of reducing fear of falling on locomotion in older adults with a higher level gait disorder. J Neural Transm 2007;114:1309-1314.
• Giladi N, Huber-Mahlin V, Herman T, Hausdorff JM. Freezing of gait in older adults with high level gait disorders: association with impaired executive function. J Neural Transm 2007;114:1349-1353.
• Plotnik M, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. A new measure for quantifying the bilateral coordination of human gait: effects of aging and Parkinson's disease. Exp Brain Res 2007 Aug;181:561-570.
• Paleacu D, Shutzman A, Giladi N, Herman T, Simon ES, Hausdorff JM. Effects of pharmacological therapy on gait and cognitive function in depressed patients. Clin Neuropharmacol 2007 Mar;30:63-71.
• Leitner Y, Barak R, Giladi N, Peretz C, Eshel R, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Gait in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : effects of methylphenidate and dual tasking. J Neurol 2007 Oct;254:1330-1338.
• Baltadjieva R, Giladi N, Gruendlinger L, Peretz C, Hausdorff JM. Marked alterations in the gait timing and rhythmicity of patients with de novo Parkinson's disease. Eur J Neurosci 2006 Sep;24:1815-1820.
• Peretz C, Herman T, Hausdorff JM, Giladi N. Assessing fear of falling: Can a short version of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale be useful? Mov Disord 2006 Dec;21:2101-2105.
• Hausdorff JM, Doniger GM, Springer S, Yogev G, Simon ES, Giladi N. A common cognitive profile in elderly fallers and in patients with Parkinson's disease: the prominence of impaired executive function and attention. Exp Aging Res 2006 Oct;32:411-429.
• Yogev G, Plotnik M, Peretz C, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Gait asymmetry in patients with Parkinson's disease and elderly fallers: when does the bilateral coordination of gait require attention? Exp Brain Res 2007 Mar;177:336-346.
• Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. The role of mental function in the pathogenesis of freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. J Neurol Sci 2006 Oct 25;248:173-176.
• Hausdorff JM, Yogev G. Cognitive function may be important for fall injury prevention trials. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 May;54:865-866.
• Springer S, Giladi N, Peretz C, Yogev G, Simon ES, Hausdorff JM. Dual-tasking effects on gait variability: the role of aging, falls, and executive function. Mov Disord 2006 Jul;21:950-957.
• Auriel E, Hausdorff JM, Herman T, Simon ES, Giladi N. Effects of methylphenidate on cognitive function and gait in patients with Parkinson's disease: a pilot study. Clin Neuropharmacol 2006 Jan;29:15-17.
• Giladi N, Mordechovich M, Gruendlinger L, Shabtai H, Merims D, Naor S, Baltadzhieva R, Hausdorff JM, Gur AY, Bornstein NM. "Brain Screen": A self-referral, screening program for strokes, falls and dementia risk factors. J Neurol 2006 Mar;253:307-315.
• Yogev G, Giladi N, Peretz C, Springer S, Simon ES, Hausdorff JM. Dual tasking, gait rhythmicity, and Parkinson's disease: which aspects of gait are attention demanding? Eur J Neurosci 2005 Sep;22:1248-1256.
• Kesler A, Leibovich G, Herman T, Gruendlinger L, Giladi N, Hausdorff JM. Shedding light on walking in the dark: the effects of reduced lighting on the gait of older adults with a higher-level gait disorder and controls. J Neuroeng Rehabil 2005;2:27.
• Frenkel-Toledo S, Giladi N, Peretz C, Herman T, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Effect of gait speed on gait rhythmicity in Parkinson's disease: variability of stride time and swing time respond differently. J Neuroeng Rehabil 2005;2:23.
• Hausdorff JM. Gait variability: methods, modeling and meaning. J Neuroeng Rehabil 2005;2:19.
• Frenkel-Toledo S, Giladi N, Peretz C, Herman T, Gruendlinger L, Hausdorff JM. Treadmill walking as an external pacemaker to improve gait rhythm and stability in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord  2005 Sep;20:1109-1114.
• Balash Y, Peretz C, Leibovich G, Herman T, Hausdorff JM, Giladi N. Falls in outpatients with Parkinson's disease: frequency, impact and identifying factors. J Neurol 2005 Nov;252:1310-1315.
• Hausdorff JM, Yogev G, Springer S, Simon ES, Giladi N. Walking is more like catching than tapping: gait in the elderly as a complex cognitive task. Exp Brain Res 2005 Aug;164:541-548.
• Plotnik M, Giladi N, Balash Y, Peretz C, Hausdorff JM. Is freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease related to asymmetric motor function? Ann Neurol 2005 May;57:656-663.
• Giladi N, Herman T, Reider-Groswasser II, Gurevich T, Hausdorff JM. Clinical characteristics of elderly patients with a cautious gait of unknown origin. J Neurol 2005 Mar;252:300-306.
• Herman T, Giladi N, Gurevich T, Hausdorff JM. Gait instability and fractal dynamics of older adults with a "cautious" gait: why do certain older adults walk fearfully? Gait Posture 2005 Feb;21:178-185.


Samuel Belkin Scholar; 1985 Henry Dickinson Award; 1992-1993 Boston University Presidential Scholar; 1996 New Investigator Awardees: Older Americans Independence Centers; 1996 Biomedical Engineering Society Whitaker Young Investigator Award; 1997 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Junior Investigator; 1998 Merck / American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award; 1997 Who's Who in Physics of Life; 2000 American Physiological Society’s Arthur C. Guyton Award  for Excellence in Integrative Physiology; 2000 Neurological and Behavioral Sciences Best Paper Award, American Geriatrics Society; 2000 Shapiro Award; AGS 2003 Best Poster in its Category; AGS 2004 Best Poster in its Category, AGS 2005 Geriatrics: Organ Specific Diseases and Biology of Aging Best Paper Award; European Journal of Neuroscience – paper listed among top 5 most read in 2008 (Hausdorff, Lowenthal et al., EJN, 2007);  Award: 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, London, UK. Best paper award. Title: Parkinson patients' perspective on context aware wearable technology for auditory assistance 2009;  4th International conference on Body Area Networks. Los Angeles, CA ,USA. Best paper award. Title: Online Detection of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease Patients: A Performance Characterization;  2010 American Geriatrics Society – Winner Presidential Poster Presentation - Rehabilitation Category.  Title: Virtual reality for gait training in Parkinson’s disease

Membership in Professional Societies

International Society of Posture and Gait Research
Gerontology Society of America
The Movement Disorder Society
American Geriatrics Society