Child Neurology Residency Training Program Recent Graduates

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The training at Boston Children’s Hospital is most notable for our clinical exposure to the full breadth of neurology in multiple settings, including primary child neurology inpatient services. Our first hand education from patients is supplemented by a thorough didactic curriculum as well as individualized teaching from attendings at the bedside. One of the highlights of the program, however, is the great camaraderie among the residents and fellows.

Peter Tsai, MD, PhD

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Peter Tsai MD

Completed Child Neurology training in 2010; currently pursuing a Clinical Neurobehavioral Fellowship with Dr. David Urion and a Research Fellowship with Dr. Mustafa Sahin at Boston Children's Hospital, with particular interest in the cerebellum and how cerebellar dysfunction may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Training: University of California - Los Angeles, MD, PhD; Boston Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics Residency

Interests: Cerebellar disorders and the contribution of cerebellar dysfunction to neurodevelopmental disorders.

"Presently, I am working in Mustafa Sahin’s laboratory on projects aimed at understanding the role for the cerebellum in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. My previous research focused on the role for the Erythropoietin Receptor in neuronal development and neuroprotection.

Outside of medicine/science, my life revolves around my family and my two children with a deep enjoyment of food.

Without question, my favorite part of residency was the people—from the always accessible attendings to my stinky/lookalike co-residents."

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Jurriaan Peters, MD

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Former Chief Resident, completed Child Neurology training in 2010; currently an attending physician in the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital

Training: Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, MD. Haga Teaching Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands, Adult Neurology Residency. Children’s Hospital Boston, Pediatric Internship, Pediatric Neurology Residency, Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Neuroimaging Fellowship.

Interests: Currently I am working as a Staff Epileptologist and have two major research directions: (1) Advanced neuroimaging (DTI, others) and computational EEG in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, to better predict neurophenotypical outcome (cognition, epilepsy, autism) through such potential biomarkers and eventually facilitate earlier therapeutic interventions. (2) Epilepsy surgery, specifically in multi-modal detection of the epileptogenic focus (imaging, EEG source localization, others) to improve outcomes.

My interests outside of work include field hockey (not only for women where I come from!), running, music and reading, and last but not least I have 3 small children that take up all my time.

When I was a resident and fellow here, I appreciated the unique and truly positive atmosphere at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston. The bar was set high to deliver superior care. The attendings were accessible and, quite importantly, the residents' considerations were taken seriously. This enabled us to have both independence and ample support during training. Both enthusiasm and interest are genuine in this program, and this inspired me to train here.

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Kiran Prasad Maski, MD

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Kiren Maski

Former Chief Resident, completed child neurology training in 2009; Assistant Director of the Residency Training Program

Training: University of Wisconsin, BS in Bioethics and Zoology University of Wisconsin Medical School, MD National Institutes of Health, Bioethics Division Predoctoral Fellowship Tufts-New England Medical Center, Pediatric Residency Program

Interests: "Sleep is a newly developing field in child neurology and we are learning its importance in learning, daytime behavior as well as disease morbidity. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, hiking, biking, listening to local music and cooking.

I am constantly amazed by the wide variety of cases we see. It has been a real pleasure to work with such amazing and approachable attendings and great residents. At this program, resident well-being and education are paramount, and it is great to train in such a supportive environment. Not to mention, my resident colleagues have also become great lifelong friends!"

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Jonathan Lipton, MD, PhD

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Completed his child neurology training in 2008; currently an attending at Boston Children's Hospital

Training: Brown University, BA in Classics; Albert Einstein School of Medicine MD, PhD; Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Pediatric Residency


Interests: "Sleep, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms and neurodevelopment. My prior research was on genetics of sex drive in C. elegans and activity-dependence in mammalian brain. My current research is aimed at understanding the interdependent relationships between sleep dysfunction, circadian rhythms, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy.

Prior to starting medical school I studied piano, composition, and conducting in New York and performed professionally. The most important things in my life are my family, music, art, and yoga.

After graduation from residency, I joined the joint program in Sleep Medicine at Beth-Israel Deaconess and Boston Children’s Hospital (under the auspices of the Harvard Sleep Medicine Program) and am pursuing both lab-based and clinical research projects.

My favorite feature of this residency program was, without doubt, the people in the program. My fellow residents were and are colleagues, advisors, and friends."

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Caitlin K. Rollins, MD

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Caitlin_RollinsCompleted Child Neurology Training in 2012; currently Behavioral Neurology Fellow with Dr. David Urion focused on neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease.

Training:  Harvard College, AB in Psychology; University of Pennsylvania, MD; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics Residency

Interests: My primary interests are in neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease and neurobehavioral disorders. Clinically, I care for children in a cardiac neurodevelopment follow-up clinic, and my research aims to clarify the mechanisms of neurodevelopment impairment in this population to identify ways to improve long-term outcome. Outside of work, I love being outdoors, especially running, hiking, and traveling.

I feel very lucky to have trained at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I was exposed to a wide breadth of neurologic problems, high complexity of patients, and opportunities to see rare diseases. I learn best by seeing patients, and training here offered an unparalleled experience in this respect. We also have outstanding opportunities to work with work-class clinicians and researchers in other fields including radiology, neuroscience, and psychology to build long-term mentoring and collaborative relationships.

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Jeff Waugh, MD, PhD

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Jeff_WaughCompleted training in 2012, currently a pediatric movement disorders fellow at the Mass General Hospital and Boston Children's. 

Training:  Washington University in St. Louis, BA in Biochemistry; University of Texas Southwestern, MD and PhD (Neuroscience); Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Pediatrics residency; Boston Children's Hospital, Child Neurology residency; Currently a fellow with the American Academy of Neurology's Clinical Research Training Program, and the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation's Silverman Family Fellowship

Interests: "I started my interest in Neurology from a very basic-science base - my PhD was on the regulation of dopamine in the striatum - and my interest in understanding the function of the basal ganglia has driven my development as a clinician.  For example, the basal ganglia are implicated in many behavioral, developmental, and movement disorders, but it is unknown if these altered functions are primary to the diseases, or are a common response to other types of neurologic injury.  I hope to tackle two questions in my early career: How is the wiring of the motor control circuitry altered in dystonia (my favorite movement disorder)?  How do the nuclei of the basal ganglia contribute to the evolution of motor control during development?  I use a variety of MRI-based and genetic techniques in my research, which makes up ~80% of my time. 

Outside of medicine and science, I really like to get my hands dirty.  I love rock climbing and have really enjoyed being so close to the White Mountains of southern New Hampshire.  I have a little house built in 1900 that I'm replacing or repairing one piece at a time.  I am a woodworker and love to build small furniture and boxes with trick openings.  Cooking has always been a big pleasure of mine, and I host dinner parties whenever I can.

I have three daughters (primary school, preschool, and infant) and an amazing wife, who is a professional actor.  

I visited the Child Neurology program as a medical student and fell in love.  The people I worked with were humble and gracious despite being some of the biggest names in their fields.  They delighted in my learning and encouraged my interests, and - most importantly - they had the same brand of dorky humor that I have.  This is a program where hard work is rewarded in spades, where opportunities to see and do are everywhere around you.  There are so many interesting things going on!  It's definitely a place where any type of person can find their niche and flourish."

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Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD

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Shafali_Spurling_JesteFormer Chief Resident, completed Child Neurology training in 2007; currently Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neurology at UCLA and Director of the Electrophysiology Core at UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment

Training: Yale University, BA  in Philosophy; Harvard Medical School, MD;  Children’s Hospital Boston, Child Neurology Residency; Children’s Hospital Boston, Behavioral Child Neurology Fellowship

Interests:  Currently, my research focuses on the integration of electrophysiological biomarkers with behavior to define predictors of treatment response and outcome in children with ASD. My work aims to apply translational methods to enrich treatment and outcome research in neurodevelopmental disorders, with particular focus on ASD. For the past few years I also have been investigating early markers of autism in children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, with the goal of defining early clinical and biological markers that will help guide appropriate interventions. My research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and by the Department of Defense.

Outside interests: running (I have run the Boston and LA marathons), playing tennis, cooking Indian food, and playing with my two boys ages 4 and 6. Also, my husband and I founded a non-profit organization called ACEing Autism that provides tennis lessons to children with autism. This program is now a nationwide endeavor servicing hundreds of children. www.aceingautism.com

CHB training: My training at CHB was invaluable in that it provided me with a solid clinical foundation in child neurology and it introduced me to mentors in clinical, translational research. I became involved in research during my chief residency year and continued as a post-doctoral fellow, learning tools to help inform my clinical assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. All of the faculty that I worked with at CHB inspired and encouraged me throughout my training, and they continue to serve as important mentors to me today.

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Christopher M. Elitt, MD, PhD

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Andy_FinelyCompleted Child Neurology Training in 2013; currently a Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Fellow

Training:Brown University, ScB in Neuroscience; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PhD in Neuroscience; Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (BCRP), Boston Children’s Hospital & Boston Medical Center; Child Neurology Residency, Boston Children’s Hospital; Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Fellow and NINDS R25 Research Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

Interests:  fetal-neonatal neurology, brain injury in the premature infant, oligodendrocyte development, cerebral palsy

Before medical school, I worked in the Stonestreet lab at Brown studying the effect of steroids on ischemic brain injuries in developing ovine fetuses.  My PhD work in Brian Davis’ lab focused on how growth factors affect the expression/function of TRP ion channels involved in the perception and processing of pain stimuli.  During my pediatric and child neurology residencies, I worked in Paul Rosenberg’s lab studying the basic science mechanisms of periventricular leukomalacia. 

During my child neurology residency, I applied for the NINDS R25 grant to study the role of TRP channels in developing oligodendrocyte injury.  Fortunately, this application was funded and provided 6 months of protected time for research during residency and an additional 18 months of funding after residency.  I currently see patients one afternoon per week in the neonatal neurology clinic and spend the remainder of my time in the Rosenberg laboratory.  The resources, flexibility and support for research at Children’s have been remarkable.  

My decision to train at Children’s was heavily influenced by the opportunity to learn in a busy clinical environment with a variety of cases.  Children’s has experts in nearly every aspect of child neurology and therefore attracts uncommon patients from around the world. However, throughout my training, Children’s proved to be a great learning environment with approachable attendings and co-residents who were willing to help when things got busy. 

When I’m not working in the hospital or lab, I enjoy trying new restaurants around Boston, going to the beach, cooking, and relaxing with my wife and our two cats.

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