Child Neurology Residency Training Program Current Second Year Residents

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Miya Bernson-Leung

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Miya_bernson_leungTraining: Harvard College: BA in Neurobiology; Harvard Medical School: MD; Boston Combined

Residency in Pediatrics (Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center): Pediatrics residency

Interests: I studied Neurobiology in college because I was fascinated by the science of the brain but also by the power of that scientific knowledge to aid in understanding human behavior and improve human health. The interdisciplinary Mind/Brain/Behavior program that administered my degree combined the insights of neuroscience with those of psychology, philosophy, and linguistics to form a comprehensive view of the intersection between neuroscience and the human experience. It was my love of working at that intersection that led me to medical school and to a career in clinical neurology, where I can continue to be at the interface of science and people. I have always been drawn towards working with children, and the fascinating trajectories of children's development and their recovery from neurologic illness are well suited to an interdisciplinary and humanistic perspective on the neurosciences. Another aspect of working at this intersection is the communication of scientific knowledge across the divide between medical trained providers and patients and families, so medical writing and editing was a big part of my undergraduate experience and I hope to continue to find ways to make scientific and medical concepts accessible and meaningful to laypeople throughout my career. Finally, during my pediatrics residency I discovered a love of teaching, of finding ways to engage learners around the fascinating science of the brain in order to make them better clinicians. I do not yet know on what area of pediatric neurology I will focus but I hope to have a career that incorporates clinical care of patients and a strong focus on medical education. I chose Boston Children's Hospital because I knew it would give me a breadth and depth of exposure across pediatric neurology and mentors in every aspect of clinical practice and education.

Outside the hospital, I love to cook, explore good restaurants, garden, sew, and spend time with my husband Lester (an adult neurology resident) and our two incredibly adorable bunnies Tsuki and Mochi. We love having people over to come hang out in our backyard in Brookline Village!

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Peter E. Davis, MD

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Peter_DavisTraining:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS in computer science
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, MD degree
Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Pediatric residency

Interests:
I first learned about pediatric neurology when I took a job as a research assistant working for a child neurologist. Ever since, I've been hooked. It's tremendously interesting to learn about and treat children's developing nervous systems, and a lot of fun and very rewarding, too! Having worked with structural and functional MRI to study normal and abnormal brain development and function, as well as used computer algorithms to analyze EEGs for indicators of epilepsy, I am very excited to continue to apply cutting-edge technology to important clinical questions. The resources and breadth of experiences at Children's Hospital Boston make for a great clinical and  learning environment. The people here are wonderful, supportive, and passionate about their work.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, my son Teddy, and with our friends and family, and especially sharing good food with them! I also like to run, swim, and play frisbee when I can, and to read about the history of science and medicine, among other topics.

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Danielle Pier, MD

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Danielle_PierTraining: New York University – BA in Chemistry; Harvard Medical School – MD in Medicine; Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children - Pediatric Residency

Interests: When I was 17, I spent my summer break teaching English at a school for physically disabled children in Western Samoa.  It was there that I first became interested in neurology and the developing brain, as I saw many conditions at that school that were both debilitating and preventable.  In medical school I took a year off to do clinical research in pre-natal brain anomalies using fetal MRI, and this further solidified my decision to pursue a career in child neurology.  I hope to continue contributing to the clinical and scientific body of knowledge in the field during residency and beyond, and am incredibly excited to train for this career at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Outside of the hospital, my hobbies include fitness (zumba, spinning, yoga), jogging around the city with an oh-so-fashionable-fanny-pack, skiing and snowboarding, playing both classical and contemporary piano, and singing really, really terrible karaoke.  I’m a big "foodie" and can tell you where (and where not!) to go for pretty much any food type in Boston.

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Fiona Baumer, MD 

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Fiona_BaumerTraining:  Stanford University BA in Human Biology with a Minor in Spanish; 

Harvard University School of Medicine MD;

Pediatric Training at Children's Hospital Boston Pediatric Residency

Interests: I first became acquainted with neuroscience in high school through the mentorship of a neurobiologist who happened to be my neighbor and I explored this interest further through clinical research experiences in pediatric bipolar disorder and pediatric neuroimaging. In medical school, I was very impressed by the relationship that child neurologists develop with their patients and the role these doctors played in helping children and adolescents navigate both their illnesses and normal developmental challenges. Though I have not decided what type of child neurologist I will be when I grow up, I know that the patients I meet over the upcoming years will help me figure this out.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to work in a large program that combines extensive clinical exposure with carefully planned learning activities.

In my spare time, I like exploring Boston and beyond through letterboxing, hiking, camping, and eating and am blessed to have a significant other and good friends who enjoy (or at least put up with me while I enjoy) these pursuits! 

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Kristina Julich, MD                                                                           

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kristina_julichTraining: Medical School: Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany                        

Pediatrics Residency: Charité Children’s Hospital, Berlin, Germany

Interests: In my last year of Medical School I chose to do a two-month elective in Child Neurology, and have been interested in pursuing this career path ever since.

During my six years as a Pediatrician at the Charité Children’s Hospital in Germany I had the opportunity to work with Neurology in- and outpatients and learn how to read electrophysiology and EEG studies. Combining Medical School and Pediatrics I had already spent twelve years of training in Berlin – so instead of doing a Child Neurology fellowship in Germany I decided to apply to a program in the US.

I have always been intrigued by the possibility of doing translational research as a physician. I had already spent 1.5 years during Medical School training on a research project working on the mTOR pathway with John Blenis at Harvard Medical School. In parallel to my clinical work later on I pursued a research project with Markus Schuelke, investigating the effect of the muscle regulation protein myostatin on rhabdomyosarcoma growth and differentiation. Finally, coming back to mTOR and my original research area, I had the opportunity of spending a few months working on a a tissue culture model of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in Mustafa Sahin’s lab at Boston Children’s Hospital before joining this department as a physician.

I chose to come to Boston Children’s Hospital because it offers a highly intense and education-focused Child Neurology program and extensive research options. You get a lot of help, advice and encouragement in your career path, and you have the unique opportunity of seeing and working with patients with rare diseases who get referred here from all over the world.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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