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Pediatric Neurology

The Pediatric Neurology Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents will the full spectrum of neurological conditions.

Contact the Pediatric Neurology Unit at: 617-724-6400

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Overview

The Pediatric Neurology Unit diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents with the full spectrum of neurological conditions. These include:

  • Autism-PDD
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Brain tumors
  • Developmental neurobiology of cerebrum
  • Dystonia, tics and other movement disorders
  • Epilepsy/surgical epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Inheritable metabolic disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Leukodystrophy disorders
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurogenetic disorders
  • Neurological care of premature infants throughout childhood
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Specialized and routine neuroimaging (MRI, MRA, PET)
  • Tuberous Sclerosis

Our Approach

Neurologists in the General Pediatric Neurology clinics of the Mass General Hospital Neurology Department are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurological disorders and diseases from the most common to the most rare. Our pediatric neurologists specialize in certain conditions and diseases within pediatrics, so children who become patients here are matched with experts who can best serve each child’s needs. These Neurologists are also trained in adult Neurology, and many are Principal Investigators conducting basic science and clinical research to advance the diagnosis and treatment of their chosen subspecialty. Our physicians comprise the majority of Pediatric Neurologists at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Several of our treatment programs feature a multidisciplinary approach that includes professionals from nutrition, psychology, child psychiatry, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and speech, occupational and physical therapy.

Pediatric neurologists on staff in the Neonatal and Intensive Care Unit (NICU) see patients with wide variety of neonatal and infant neurological problems, including developmental and neuromuscular problems and seizure disorders of infancy. To request an appointment please call 617-724-6400.

Doctors

  • Caviness, Verne S., MD, Dphil

    617-726-1813

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Developmental disorders
    • Neurology
    • Child neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology & Stroke Services
  • Chitnis, Tanuja, MD

    617-726-2664

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Multiple sclerosis
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Chu, Catherine J., MD

    617-726-6540

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric epilepsy
    • Neurophysiology
    • EEG
    • Epilepsy surgery
    • Epileptic encephalopathies
    • Neurocognitive aspects of epilepsy
    • Residency training and education
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Dooling, Elizabeth Clark, MD

    617-726-3877

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General pediatric neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Dredge, David C., MD

    617-726-3402

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Epilepsy
    • Neonatal seizures
    • Neonatal neurology
    • Headache disorders
    • Tics/Tourette syndrome
    • Movement disorders
    • Neurogenetics
    • Developmental delays
    • Pediatric stroke
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Metabolic diseases
    • Fetal neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
    • Nashua: MGH Children's Specialties at Southern New Hampshire Med Ctr
  • Eichler, Florian S., MD

    617-724-6510

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurogenetics
    • Developmental delays
    • White matter disease
    • Leukodystrophies
    • Hereditary peripheral neuropathies
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center
  • Elibol, Mary Z., MD

    617-724-3403

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General pediatric neurology
    • Pediatric cognitive-behavioral neurology
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Tics/Tourette syndrome
    • Migraine disorders
    • Neurogenetics
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Gascon, Generoso G., MD

    508-833-8277

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General pediatric neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Forestdale: Spaulding Outpatient Treatment Center for Children
  • Glykys, Joseph C., MD, PhD

    617-726-6093

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General pediatric neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Hart, Edward J., MD

    978-354-2795

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Behavioral neurology
    • Epilepsy
    • Tourette syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
  • Holtzman, S David, MD, PhD

    617-726-6093

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Metabolic diseases
    • Mitochondrial diseases
    • Pediatric Neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Jones, Robin Moira, MD

    617-726-3402

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Developmental disorders of the nervous system
    • Pediatric Neuro-oncology
    • Seizures
    • Headaches
    • Neurocutaneous syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
    • Newton: Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Krishnamoorthy, Kalpathy S., MD

    617-726-3877

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Follow up of neonatal ICU graduates
    • Developmental disorders of infants
    • Neuromuscular problems of infants and children
    • Pediatric and Newborn Neurological problems
    • Seizure disorders
    • Epilepsy
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
    • Chelsea: Chelsea HealthCare Center
  • Lai, Florence, MD

    617-726-2664

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Learning disabilities
    • Dyslexia
    • Attention deficit disorder
    • Alzheimer's disease in down syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
    • Belmont: McLean Hospital
  • Leigh, Fawn A., MD

    617-724-8770

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Pediatric Neuromuscular disorders
    • Neurogenetic disorders
    • Clinical research
    • Drug Development
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurofibromatosis Clinic
    • Boston: Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic
  • Mochida, Ganeshwaran H., MD

    617-643-4645

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Microcephaly
    • Brain malformations
    • Developmental disorders
    • Neurogenetics
    • Pediatric Medicine
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Musolino, Patricia L., MD, PhD

    857-238-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurocritical Care
    • Pediatric stroke
    • Neurogenetics
    • Vascular neurology
    • Leukodystrophies
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
  • Neumeyer, Ann M., MD

    781-860-1700

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Spectrum Disorders
    • Child neurology
    • Neuromuscular disorders of children and adults
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Lexington: Lurie Center for Autism
  • Pier, Danielle B., MD

    617-724-6400

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Fetal neurology
    • Follow up of neonatal ICU graduates
    • Brain malformations
    • Microcephaly
    • Neonatal seizures
    • Developmental disorders of infants
    • Developmental delays
    • Pediatric and Newborn Neurological problems
    • Neuromuscular problems of infants and children
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Plotkin, Scott R., MD

    617-724-8770

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Primary brain tumors
    • Brain and spinal cord tumors
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
  • Sassower, Kenneth Clayton, MD

    617-724-7426

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Epilepsy
    • Pediatric Neurology
    • Sleep Disorders Medicine
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
    • Boston: Pediatric Sleep Lab
  • Scharf, Jeremiah M., MD, PhD

    617-726-5532

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Tic disorders
    • Movement disorders
    • Tourette syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology & Stroke Services
  • Sharma, Nutan, MD, PhD

    617-726-3642

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Dystonia
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Movement disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Staley, Kevin Joseph, MD

    617-726-3877

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Epilepsy
    • Neonatal seizures
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Swoboda, Kathryn J., MD

    617-726-5732

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuromuscular problems of infants and children
    • Motor neuron disease
    • Neurogenetic disorders
    • Dystonia
    Board Certifications
    • Clinical Genetics (M.D.), American Board of Medical Genetics
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurogenetics Program
    • Boston: Neurogenetics Clinic
  • Thibert, Ronald L., DO

    617-726-6540

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Epilepsy
    • Angelman syndrome
    • Chromosome 15 duplications
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Pitt Hopkins syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Epilepsy Program
    • Lexington: Lurie Center for Autism
  • Thiele, Elizabeth Anne, MD, PhD

    617-726-6540

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Ketogenic diet
    • Tuberous sclerosis complex
    • Pediatric epilepsy
    Board Certifications
    • Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Epilepsy Program
  • Walker, Melissa A., MD, PhD

    617-726-5732

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
  • Waugh, Jeffrey L., MD, PhD

    617-726-3642

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Wheeler, Thurman M., MD

    617-726-5533

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates

Other Providers

Programs

In addition to other common neurological conditions and disorders, the Massachusetts General Hospital Child Neurology Unit encompasses the following subspecialties.

Angelman Syndrome Program

The Angelman Syndrome Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, in partnership with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, aims to provide comprehensive clinical care to individuals with Angelman syndrome.

Partners Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center

The Partners Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center is dedicated to caring for children and adolescents with Multiple Sclerosis and related demyelinating disorders such as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Phone: 617-726-2664

Tanuja Chitnis MD – Director, Neurologist
Tracy Fermano RN – Nurse
Ellen O’Donnell PhD - Neuropsychologist
Katia Canenguez PhD, EdM – Psychologist and Family Counselor

Massachusetts General Hospital Leukodystrophy Center

Leukodystrophies are a heterogeneous group of brain disorders in which brain and sometimes-peripheral nerve myelin is abnormally produced or destroyed.
Phone: 617-724-6510

Florian Eichler, MD

Pediatric Learning Disorders Unit

The Pediatric Learning Disorders Unit combines Child Neurology and Psychology services to diagnose and manage a broad spectrum of cognitive deficits in children.
Phone: 617-726-2664

Florence Lai, MD

Neurofibromatosis Clinic

The Neurofibromatosis Clinic offers a comprehensive initial evaluation to all children who have been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis.
Phone: 617-724-7856

Scott Plotkin, MD, PhD
Fawn Leigh, MD

Neurogenetics/Mitochondrial Disorders

The Neurogenetics/Mitochondrial Disorders Unit offers diagnostic evaluation, consultative assistance and management for infants, children and adults with neurodevelopmental/neurometabolic disorders including enzyme replacement therapy.
Phone: 617-726-5732

Kathryn J. Swoboda, MD

Neonatal and Infant Neurology

The Neonatal and Infant Neurology Follow-Up Program sees children with a wide variety of neonatal and infant neurological problems, including developmental and neuromuscular problems and seizure disorders of infancy.
Phone: 617-726-6093

David C. Dredge, MD
Kalpathy S. Krishnamoorthy, MD
Danielle B. Pier, MD

Neuro-Oncology Program

The Neuro-Oncology Program provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach in evaluating and caring for pediatric patients with tumors of the nervous system and neurologic complications caused by cancer.
Phone: 617-726-2737

Pediatric Neurology Resident Continuity Clinic

This clinic evaluates and treats for all neurological diseases and disorders.
Phone: 617-726-6093

Verne Caviness, MD
David C. Dredge, MD
Mary Z. Elibol, MD
David Holtzman, MD
Kalpathy Krishnamoorthy, MD
Kevin Staley, MD

Pediatric Stroke and Vascular Service

The Pediatric Stroke and Vascular 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.
Phone: 617-726-2737

Fetal Neurology Consultations

The Fetal Neurology Consultations program pairs with the MGH Fetal Care Program, provide Fetal Neurology consultations for pregnant women who are carrying a fetus with a suspected or known neurological abnormality. We provide counseling and management for a wide range of fetal neurological conditions, including Cerebral Ventriculomegaly, Hydrocephalus, Aqueductal Stenosis, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Cerebellar Vermis Agenesis, Dandy Walker Malformation, prenatal hemorrhage, prenatal stroke, microcephaly, and more.

Resident Education

The Partners Child Neurology Residency Training is a three-year clinical training program that includes one year of mandated clinical adult neurology training. Our program includes exposure to basic science information as it applies to the nervous system and clinical neurology. It offers many opportunities to attend neuroscience lectures, and to interface with basic and translational scientists in and outside of the Neurology Department at Mass General and our affiliates, which include the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School and MIT.  To learn more visit the Child Neurology Residency Program website.

Contact

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MGHfC Pediatric Neurology

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 6B32 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-6400
  • Fax: 617-724-7860

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

News

  • Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH - 4/15/2013, Research

    Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MGHfC and the Lurie Center for Autism, specializing in the treatment of children with difficult to control seizures. He has a special interest in children with autistic spectrum disorders, especially those with Angelman syndrome and duplications of chromosome 15q (Dup15q). He is the director of both the Angelman syndrome clinic and the Dup15q Center at MGHfC and the Lurie Center and the majority of his clinical research focuses on the treatment of seizures in these 2 genetic disorders.

  • Neuroscience Center Innovates, Grows - 4/25/2012, Mass General

    The Neuroscience Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a growing program designed to accelerate research and provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurological disorders.

Video

  • Neurology bicentennial logo

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.

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