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.

To schedule an appointment: 617-726-6540

Visit the Lurie Center for Autism website

Overview

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. With the ultimate goal of improving quality of life for individuals with Angelman syndrome, the clinic provides “one-stop-shopping” access to a wide range of specialists who work together to evaluate and treat the most common problems encountered in Angelman syndrome.

The clinic includes specialists in epilepsy, sleep, gastroenterology and nutrition, neuropsychology, psychiatry and genetics. 

The program offers a full range of diagnostic tests including inpatient electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, as well as a broad range of treatment options including dietary therapy and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).

The program also provides family support including guidance through transitions at age 18 and 22 and, if necessary, residential placement upon reaching adulthood. Other subspecialty referrals can be made to providers in adult medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the community as needed.

Between 2006 and the formal clinic opening in 2012, over 70 individuals with Angelman syndrome were seen at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of seizures. To date, over 150 families have been seen in the clinic from around the US as well as Canada, Europe and South America.

Meet the Team

Clinical Director

Our Providers

  • Elizabeth A. Thiele, MD, PhD
           Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Amy Morgan, MD
           Neuropsychology
  • Michelle Palumbo, MD
           Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Kenneth Sassower, MD
           Pediatric Sleep Medicine
  • Heidi Pfeifer
           Clinical Deititian Specialist
  • Janette Lawrence
           Certified Genetic Counselor
  • Leigh Horne-Mebel
           Social work/Counselor
  • Amanda Heater, RN
           Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Patricia Bruno
           Clinical Nurse Specialist

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.

Contact

Contact Us

Angelman Syndrome Clinic

175 Cambridge Street, suite 340 Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-6540
  • Fax: 617-726-0230

Clinic visits on Mondays and Fridays take place at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, suite 6B.

To schedule an appointment: 617-726-6540

Visit the Lurie Center for Autism website

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