Irina A.  Anselm

Irina A. Anselm, MD

Assistant in Neurology

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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"We see patients with undiagnosed and very rare disorders who have struggled to learn more about their conditions."

Medical Services


  • Neurometabolic Disorders
  • Mitochondrial Disorders


  • Neurology


  • English
  • Russian


  • Mitochondrial Program
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Irina A.  Anselm

As a child, I always knew I wanted to be a physician. I found my passion for child neurology during my last years of medical school in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After immigrating to the United States, I continued training in child neurology, finally joining the Neurology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1998. 

I always had an interest in genetic and hereditary disorders, but later developed a special interest in mitochondrial diseases. The complexity and variability of these disorders presents a challenge, but it is also an exciting field with many innovative studies currently underway. As Director of the Mitochondrial Program, I apply the latest techniques to help our patients and their families manage their disorders. One of my top concerns is improving the quality of life for patients through the study and development of new drugs and therapies.

My interest in neurometabolic and neurodegenerative disorders led me to develop a joint Neurometabolic Program with the Division of Metabolism. We see patients with undiagnosed and very rare disorders who have struggled to learn more about their conditions. New diagnostic methods allow us to provide answers for many of these families, as well as genetic counseling and special or experimental treatments. 

Experience and Education


Medical School

St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy, 1984

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA


St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy, 1985

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA


St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy, 1986

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA


University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1995

Worcester, MA


New England Medical Center, 1998

Boston, MA


  • Pediatrics, Child Neurology

Professional History

Irina A. Anselm, MD, is Director of the Mitochondrial Program and Co-Director of the Neurometabolic Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. A pediatric neurologist with special interest in genetics and hereditary disorders, she cares for children with neurometabolic, neurodegenerative, and mitochondrial disorders. Her research focuses on the genetics, diagnosis, and management of these disorders, which range from mild to devastating. She is the Principal Investigator of a study investigating the use of experimental drug dichloroacetate (DCA) as a treatment for chronic elevation of blood lactate levels resulting from mitochondrial disorders. Major publications include 20 original reports in peer-reviewed journals and 4 chapters, and she is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Current Pediatric Reviews, and the Journal of Child Neurology.

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