Moyamoya Disease Program | Meet our Team

When a child is diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, the entire family begins a difficult journey. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Here at Boston Children’s—the birthplace of pediatric neurosurgery—you and your child will be cared for by experts from several key disciplines, all working together to develop the best possible treatment plan. Our Moyamoya Disease Program includes some of the world’s most experienced surgeons, neuroscience nurses, imaging specialists and other health care professionals. Our strength in all of the related subspecialties ensures that we are ready to address every aspect of your child’s care, from diagnostic testing and surgery to aftercare and long-term support.

Our team is specially trained in surgical and medical procedures for children, with an emphasis on using minimally invasive tests and operations whenever possible. 

Boston Children’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where all of our physicians have faculty appointments. Just as we continue to provide exceptional patient care and surgical expertise, our clinicians are also engaged in research that leads to a better understanding of and treatment for Moyamoya and other diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Moyamoya Disease Clinicians

Michael R ScottR. Michael Scott, MD, is Boston Children’s neurosurgeon-in-chief-emeritus, the Christopher K. Fellows Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery and a professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

He is also the director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and has pioneered the development of new surgical techniques for pediatric neurosurgical disease, such as pial synangiosis for Moyamoya.





Edward R SmithEdward Robert Smith, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of Moyamoya and other vascular diseases of the brain such as arteriovenous malformations (AVM), cavernous malformations, stroke, brain tumors, craniopharyngiomas and pituitary disease.

He also treats children with hydrocephalus and tethered spinal cord syndrome. Smith is the director of Boston Children’s Pediatric Cerebrovascular Surgeryand co-director of our Center for Head, Neck and Skull Base, as well as an associate professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.



Moyamoya Disease Subspecialists

Larry BenowitzLarry Benowitz, PhD, is the director of Boston Children's Laboratories for Neuroscience Research in Neurosurgery. He has devoted his career to understanding the basic mechanisms that affect nerve connections in the brain, spine and central nervous system.

A professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School, Benowitz has been at Boston Children's since 1990.





Darren B. Orbach, MD, PhD, is the director of our Neurointerventional Radiology program within Boston Children's Division of Neuroradiology and an assistant professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is involved in several research projects with promising implications for young patients living with epilepsy and other diseases and disorders of the brain.

Orbach and his colleagues are examining the use of high-speed MRI technology to better understand how and why seizure disorder syndromes occur.