Taking care of patients and their families is my most important job.

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Brown University , 2003 , Providence , RI

Medical School

  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2007 , New Haven , CT

Residency

  • Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) , 2009 , Boston , MA

Residency

Neurology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Taking care of patients and their families is my most important job.  Children and families facing autism often have a lot of questions. They need to know about therapies, education, and medical problems that sometimes go along with autism.  They need to know about coping with their child’s diagnosis and building a supportive community.  There’s still a lot that is unknown about autism, however, which means that families often come to my office with questions that don’t have an answer yet.  That’s why I do research.  I want to find answers to those unanswered questions.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I am currently an instructor and attending physician in neurology.  My clinical work and research focus on management of autism from a child neurology perspective.
 

In the neurology clinic, my focus is on caring for children with autism.  In addition to seeing patients, I am working to implement an online parent questionnaire that will help families and clinicians monitor outcomes over time in children with autism.

My primary research focuses on identifying biomarkers of autism, using information about brain rhythms as measured by EEG.  The long-term goal of this research is to find new ways to predict, diagnose, and monitor autism; in the process, I hope to shed light on how the brain works in children with autism. 

I am also involved with the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which examines the effects of institutionalization versus foster care on child development.  Alongside my participation in this research project, I have been involved in clinical, teaching, and volunteer work in Romanian hospitals and orphanages since 1999.

In summary, my interests remain focused on evaluating and treating autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders, from a neurological perspective.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology