Robert’s Program | Meet Our Team

Directors

Richard Goldstein, MDRichard Goldstein, MD; Program Director
Dr. Goldstein is a pediatric palliative care pediatrician who devotes his career to helping families who must deal with the sudden unexpected death of their child. He has worked in general pediatrics, palliative care, bereavement support, and advocacy for families affected by sudden unexplained death. He brings his experience and clinical expertise to the families involved in Robert’s Program, while leading efforts in research and improvements in the field - Dr. Goldstein's role is the Program Director of Robert’s Program and he serves as the direct interface to families.

 

Hannah Kinney, MD; Director of Research
Dr. Kinney is a pediatric neuropathologist with additional training in pediatrics, anatomic pathology, and developmental neuroscience. Dr. Kinney has been a pioneer in SUDP research, especially research into its brain mechanisms. Her work identifying a connection between serotonin deficiencies and SIDS, temporal lobe anomalies and SUDC, and malformations in the hippocampus in SIDS and SUDC has helped to elucidate neurobiological factors underlying sudden and unexpected death in early life. Dr. Kinney is the Associate Program Director for Robert’s Program and the Director of Research. Dr. Kinney’s role is to oversee all neuropathological analyses in Robert’s Program and direct research priorities.

 

Specialists and Staff

Gerard Berry 

Gerard Berry, MD 
Dr. Berry is a biochemical geneticist and pediatric endocrinologist whose clinical practice focuses on metabolic diseases and their genetic basis.  Dr. Berry is the Director of the Metabolism Program and the Harvey Levy Chair in Metabolism at Boston Children’s Hospital, and also the Director of the Harvard Medical School Biochemical Genetics Training Program[RG1] . Dr. Berry’s role is to evaluate the contribution of metabolic disease to sudden death.

 

Annapurna Poduri, MD 
Dr. Poduri is a clinician-scientist focused on understanding the genetic causes of human epilepsy. She is a pediatric neurologist and the director of the Programs in Neurogenetics and Epilepsy Genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Poduri’s role is to evaluate the contribution of epilepsy and its genetics to sudden death.

 

 

Ingrid Holm Ingrid Holm MD, MPH
Dr. Holm is a pediatric geneticist with expertise in rare, undiagnosed diseases. She worked with Dr. Kinney as a co-investigator in a large international study of SIDS, and has led important genetic research in SUDC and SIDS. Dr. Holm’s role is to evaluate the contribution of genetics and rare diseases to sudden death.  

 

 

Lisa Teot 

Lisa Teot MD

 

 

 

 

Catherine BrownsteinCatherine Brownstein, MPH, PHD
Dr. Brownstein has been instrumental in the elucidation of several new disease. Her current work focuses on advancing the fields of next generation sequencing and analysis, especially when it comes to the genetics of SIDS and SUDP. Dr. Brownstein’s role is to oversee genetic analyses and genetic pipelines in sudden death. 

 

 

Sue MorrisSue Morris, PsyD
Dr. Sue Morris is a Clinical Psychologist and the co-director of the bereavement program for Robert’s Program with Dr. Goldstein. She also oversees the Bereavement Task Force at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the author of Overcoming Grief and An Introduction to Coping with Grief.

 

 

Kalen FletcherKalen Fletcher, MSW, LCSW, MPH
Program coordinator and clinical social worker

 

 

 

 

 

We have additional ongoing collaborations with cardiologists, clinical fellows, and research labs to ensure that every medical possibility is explored.