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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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The Pediatric Neurology Unit diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents will 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.

Meet the Team


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). 617-726-2664

Tanuja Chitnis, MD, Director
Mark Patrick Gorman, MD
David Rintell, EdD, Psychologist
Ellen O'Donnell PhD, Neuropsychologist
Gretchen Timmel MSc, Educational Liaison
Catherine Becker RN, Nurse

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. 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. 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. 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. 617-726-5732

Katherine Sims, 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. 617-726-6093

Kalpathy S. Krishnamoorthy, 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. 617-726-2737

Pediatric Neurology Resident Continuity Clinic

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

Attendings: Verne Caviness, MD; David Holtzman, MD
Robin Jones, MD; Kalpathy Krishnamoorthy, MD
Katherine Sims, MD

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 Us

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.


  • 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.

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    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.


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

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