Treatment Programs


Pediatric Stroke Services

The Pediatric Stroke Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children cares for premature infants, children or adolescents who have had an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, or cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.

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Clinical Co-Directors


The Pediatric Stroke Service cares for premature infants, children, or adolescents who have had a stroke, whether ischemic or hemorrhagic, or who have had cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. The service is a specialized team comprising a stroke neurologist, a pediatric hematologist, a pediatric general neurologist, pediatric neuroradiologists, pediatric intensivists, neurosurgeons, a laboratory coagulation specialist and a stroke nurse. Our team provides continuity of care, following a patient from admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to discharge.

We have expertise in:

  • Acute stroke management in older children and adolescents
  • Strokes in neonates and infants
  • Neurocritical care
  • Brain imaging evaluation of stroke and cervico-cranial vascular disorders
  • Consultations for arterial dissections, vasculitis, Moya-moya disease, coagulation and hematological disorders, congenital or genetic causes of stroke, cavernous or arteriovenous malformations (AVM), aneurysms, cardiogenic sources of embolism and acute intra-arterial thrombolysis management
  • Counseling families of children with thrombophilia or with a family history of stroke
  • Evaluation and management of post-stroke seizures

An important part of what we do is also providing counseling regarding the risk of stroke in relatively healthy young persons who have one or more close relatives with stroke. This risk assessment extends to congenital thrombophilia, vascular factors and possible interventions or medications to minimize risk. In addition, we offer evaluations for other cerebrovascular disorders, such as arterial dissections, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.

Our Pediatric Stroke Service is one of the oldest and largest in North America. Among the more frequent diagnoses that we see are acute ischemic stroke and vascular disorders masquerading as possible stroke. A very special role is the assessment and management of stroke risk in young children and adolescents whose parents and close relatives have suffered stroke(s) in young adulthood.

Members of the Pediatric Stroke Service are currently evaluating the role of plasma phase risk factors in pediatric stroke, including lipoprotein (a). We are also interested in the possible predictive role of circulating tissue factor-positive microparticles. Our team participates in the International Pediatric Stroke Study (IPSS). 

Research of Eric F. Grabowski, MD, DSci

Research prograpm of Eric F. Grabowski, MD, DSci, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Cardiovascular Thrombosis Laboratory; Director, Program in Pediatric Hemophilia and Thrombosis; Co-Director, Pediatric Stroke Services

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MGHfC Stroke Services

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
32 Fruit Street
Suite 8B
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-2737
Fax: 617-724-0702

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

For emergencies, call 617-726-2066 to reach the Pediatric Neurology Fellow on call.

Pediatric Stroke Clinic Coordinator
Sue Ann Waterman

Neonatal Neurology
Phone: 617-726-2730, 617-726-3877 | Fax: 617-724-7860

Phone: 617-726-8459 | Fax: 617-726-5043


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