Child Neurology Residency Training Program

Child Neurology Residency Training Program NDD Residents

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Nicole Baumer, MD


Nicole_BaumerTraining: Skidmore College, BA in Biology-Psychology. MD at Harvard Medical School. MEd at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Pediatrics Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Interests:  I am especially interested in caring for children with neurologic and developmental disabilities. As a Neurodevelopmental Disabilities trainee, I have the opportunity to work at the intersection of three wonderful departments at Boston Children’s Hospital: Child Neurology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and the Complex Care Service. I have found wonderful mentors in each of these departments and am learning to coordinate care for my patients across disciplines. My specific interests include autism and Down Syndrome. I am excited to participate in Down syndrome research and autism research that combines my clinical experience in developmental medicine and child neurology. I also enjoy working in the multidisciplinary clinics for children with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. I have met amazing patients and families here at Children’s Hospital, and continue to be inspired by them every day.

Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my husband and 6 year old son, who will be starting 1st grade this year! I am hoping that homework doesn’t start quite yet… I am well-versed in the local selection of child-friendly restaurants and activities.


Karen Spencer, MD


Karen_SpencerTraining: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: BA Philosophy; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: MD; Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: MPH in the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine; University of Maryland Hospital for Children: Pediatrics Residency.

Interests: I originally came to Children's with the intention to train as a pediatric neurologist with a focus in behavioral and cognitive neurology. However, as I progressed in my training and realizing that I strong interest in public health and advocacy in this group, I started looking for opportunities to explore that interest. With that in mind, I decided to join the neurodevelopmental disabilities program this year in order to work more closely with the developmental medicine center in order to combine these interests of mine. I hope to do a lot of work in neurodevelopmental outcomes, but I am not sure how I will specficially pursue this interest.

Outside of work, I love exploring new areas, reading both graphic novels and non-fiction literature, retail therapy, and watching a ton of college basketball (go Heels!).

I’m very excited to be a part of this program! I continue to be amazed and inspired by both the faculty’s and my colleagues’ insatiable thirst for knowledge and passion for patient care. It’s a fun and welcoming environment to train in.


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