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What Is PANDAS?

PANDAS, or P.A.N.D.A.S., is short for Pediatric AutoImmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. PANDAS is hypothesized to be caused by strep bacteria, which can hide from a child’s immune system by mimicking healthy cells in the skin, heart, joints, and brain tissue. Children with PANDAS experience a sudden onset or worsening of tics and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While many children may experience strep throat, OCD, or tics, PANDAS is diagnosed when there is a close relationship found between the onset/severity of these symptoms and a streptococcal infection.

Clinical Approach

Vision

To improve understanding of the etiology and most effective treatments of pediatric neuropsychiatric immune conditions through our integrated clinic and research program.

Mission Statement

To provide high quality, comprehensive and wholistic care of children with suspected pediatric neuropsychiatric immune conditions.

How to Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please call 617-724-0198.

What Is Involved with an Appointment?

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, appointments are currently taking place via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet the Team

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Kyle Williams, MD, PhD

Dr. Williams is the Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed training in Adult and Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center as part of the Solnit Integrated Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


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Sarah O'Dor, PhD

Dr. O’Dor is the Director of Research at the PNIP and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She attended Boston College for her undergraduate studies and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her clinical internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at MGH/Harvard Medical School specializing in child and adolescent psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment.


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Saffron Homayoun Mirza, MBChB

Dr. Homayoun is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She attended University College London for her undergraduate studies and University of Birmingham in the UK for her Medical Degree. She completed her clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK.


PNIP Research Program

We provide opportunities for both children and adolescents with and without PANDAS to participate in research.

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Patient Resources

PANDAS Network

PANDAS Physician's Network

International OCD Foundation