Robert’s Program | Meet Our Team

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Richard Goldstein, MDRichard Goldstein, MD; Program Director
Dr. Goldstein is a general pediatrician with specialized training in behavioral pediatrics, palliative care, and bereavement. He has a long history of work in palliative care, bereavement support and advocacy for families affected by sudden unexplained death. He brings considerable clinical expertise in the care of families dealing with the sudden and unexpected death of a child, including in bereavement. He is co-medical director of Massachusetts Center for SIDS - Dr. Goldstein's role is to oversee and direct the clinical arm of Robert's Program, serving as the direct interface to the families.


Hannah Kinney, MD; Director of Research
Dr. Kinney is a pediatric neuropathologist with additional training in pediatrics, anatomic pathology, and developmental neuroscience. She has pioneered research into brain mechanisms in the fields of SIDS and SUDC research. Her work identifying a connection between serotonin deficiencies and SIDS, and between temporal lobe anomalies and SUDC, has helped to elucidate neurobiological factors underlying sudden and unexpected death in early life. Dr. Kinney’s role is to integrate the clinical and research endeavors in SUDP.


Susan Dymecki, MD; Co-Director of Research
Dr. Dymecki is a neuroscientist and international leader in research of the brain mechanisms underlying vital functions such as breathing and temperature control that are critical to elucidating the basis of sudden and unexpected death in the pediatric age group. Her considerable experience in cutting- edge research, combined with the use of state-of-the-art tools that her laboratory has developed and pioneered, is critical to helping to lead the program to a comprehensive research program across disciplines. In conjunction with Dr. Paterson, Dr. Dymecki oversees the integration and overall direction of the research projects related to SUDP.

Specialists and Staff

Gerard Berry

Gerard Berry, MD

Director, Metabolism Program

Department: Genetics and Genomics

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Annapurna Poduri MD

Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH

Associate in Neurology and Director, Epilepsy Genetics Program

Department: Neurology

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Ingrid Holm, MD, MPH

Ingrid Holm, MD, MPH

Associate Physician in Medicine; Member, Bone Health Program

Department: Endocrinology

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Lisa Teot

Lisa Teot, MD

Director, Cytopathology; Director, Fellowship Program; Staff Pathologist


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Abrams MD

Dominic J.R. Abrams, MD MRCP

Associate in Cardiology; Director, Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmias Program

Department: Cardiology

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Roya Dastjerdi

Program Coordinator


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David Patterson, PhD

David Paterson, PhD

Principal Research Associate


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