CDKL5 Clinic | Meet Our Team

Our CDKL5 Center of Excellence is led by neurologist Heather Olson, MD, in Boston Children’s Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. Also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Olson previously trained at Mayo Medical School and completed residencies and fellowships at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's. She has received the Infantile Spasms Award from the Child Neurology Foundation and has multiple publications in the field of epilepsy genetics. She also participates in Boston Children’s Epilepsy Genetics Program and Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program, broadening her expertise in managing neurologic challenges in children with CDKL5 mutations.

The team also involves physicians from a variety of specialties including: Neurology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Feeding team, and Genetics.


Heather  Olson

Heather Olson, MD

Assistant, Department of Neurology, Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Kiran Maski, MD

Kiran Maski, MD, MPH

Director, Sleep Clinic, Department of Neurology, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
David Urion MD

David K. Urion, M.D., FAAN

Associate, Department of Neurology; Charles F. Barlow Chair in Neurology; Director, Education and Residency Training Programs in Clinical Neurology and Clinical Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Director, Behavioral Neurology Clinics and Programs; Co-Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Lindsay Swanson

Lindsay C. Swanson, MS, CGC

Project Manager & Licensed Genetic Counselor,
Gena Heidary

Gena Heidary, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology; Director, Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
M. Timothy Hresko, MD

M. Timothy Hresko, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Center, Associate Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Elana Bern, MD, MPH

Elana M. Bern, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Perez, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Perez, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Coordinator, Feeding and Swallowing Program,
Jonathan Picker

Jonathan Picker, MD, PhD

Assistant in Medicine Director, Fragile X Program, Instructor, Harvard Medical School