Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke Program Clinician Resources

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Identifying strokes in infants and children can be very hard. If you suspect that a child in your care may be experiencing acute onset of a stroke call Boston Children's Hospital at 617-355-6369 and ask for the clinician on call for the CVD and Stroke Program.

Indications your patient may be having a stroke

The signs of stroke in children include sudden onset of:

  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Loss of vision
  • Ataxia or difficulty maintaining gait stability
  • Expressive or receptive language function
  • Loss of sensation on one side of the body
  • New unexplained seizure especially if followed by post-ictal lateralized weakness
  • Sudden alteration of consciousness

We recommend rapid referral to a pediatric stroke center if any of the aforementioned symptoms occur.

Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders Fellowship


The Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke (CVD and Stroke) Program at Boston Children's Hospital invites applications from candidates interested in dedicated training in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders.

Our program brings together expertise related to cerebrovascular disease and stroke in children from child neurology, neurosurgery, hematology, neuroradiology, neurointerventional radiology, emergency medicine and physical/occupational therapies.


The fellowship program comprises a year of clinical training in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders with an option for an additional year organized around a clinical research project with limited continuing clinical responsibility. The selected candidate will have appointments as a Clinical Fellow in Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing direct patient care for all consults and in-patient admissions related to pediatric stroke

  • Serving as a consult for all medical subspecialties at the hospital, including the medical-surgical, cardiac and neonatal intensive care units at Children's and the neonatal intensive care units at the adjacent Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Participating at weekly outpatient clinic

  • Serving as night-call for urgent matters

Applicants should be fully trained in Child Neurology by the time s/he begins the program. Competence in English is required.

Interested applicants should write with inquiry and CV to:

Michael J. Rivkin, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Neurology
300 Longwood Avenue, Pavilion 154
Boston, MA 02115


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