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Heather Olson | Education

Medical School

Mayo Medical School

2006, Rochester, NY, US

Undergraduate School

Colby College

2001, Waterville, ME, US



Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP)

2008, Boston, MA, US


Pediatric Neurology

Boston Children's Hospital

2011, Boston, MA, US


Epilepsy; Clinical Neurophysiology

Boston Children's Hospital

2012, Boston, MA, US


Neurogenetics; Epilepsy Genetics

Boston Children's Hospital

2013, Boston, MA, US

Heather Olson | Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child and Adolescent Neurology)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Epilepsy)

Heather Olson | Professional History

After medical school training at Mayo Medical School, I did all of my post-graduate training in Boston then came on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital.  My clinical focus in on Epilepsy and Neurogenetics/Epilepsy Genetics.  I see patients through a number of programs within Neurology including the fetal-neonatal neurology program with a focus towards neurogenetic disorders and epilepsy.  Additionally I see patients along with colleagues Dr. Benson and Dr. Gorman in our joint Inflammatory Epilepsy Program. I am a clinician and clinical researcher.  My research is in the field of Epilepsy Genetics, particularly genetics of early onset epileptic encephalopathies and infantile spasms.  Additionally, I am working towards a master of science degree in Epidemiology through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus on Genetic Epidemiology.

Dr. Olson serves as an expert for the Department of Neurology for Boston Children's Hospital Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit

Heather Olson | Publications

I am grateful for the values instilled in me through my medical education at the Mayo Clinic. These include their primary value “The needs of the patient come first” and logo of three interlocking shields representing a model of care based on integrated excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

Being a physician is a blessing and a privilege, and child neurology is a special field. The resilience of children and families gives me strength. I strive to do my best every day for the needs of my patients today and the hope of contributing to better treatments for the future. I am thankful to my patients, their families and my own, and excellent colleagues for all that they do to help me achieve my goals and your goals.