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

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Medical School

  • St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy , 1984 , St. Petersburg , Russia

Internship

  • St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy , 1985 , St. Petersburg , Russia

Internship

  • St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy , 1986 , St. Petersburg , Russia

Residency

  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center , 1995 , Worcester , MA

Fellowship

  • New England Medical Center , 1998 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

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.

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.

Dr. Anselm serves as an expert for the Department of Neurology for Boston Children's Hospital Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit childrenshospital.org/precisionmed.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Rodan LH, Qi W, Ducker GS, Demirbas D, Laine R, Yang E, Walker MA, Eichler F, Rabinowitz JD, Anselm I, Berry GT. 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate synthetase deficiency causes a neurometabolic disorder associated with microcephaly, epilepsy, and cerebral hypomyelination. Mol Genet Metab. 2018 Sep; 125(1-2):118-126. View abstract
  2. Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Hildebrandt C, Davis PE, Rodan LH, Anselm I, Bodamer O. The Spectrum of Movement Disorders in Childhood-Onset Lysosomal Storage Diseases. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2018 Mar-Apr; 5(2):149-155. View abstract
  3. Parikh S, Goldstein A, Karaa A, Koenig MK, Anselm I, Brunel-Guitton C, Christodoulou J, Cohen BH, Dimmock D, Enns GM, Falk MJ, Feigenbaum A, Frye RE, Ganesh J, Griesemer D, Haas R, Horvath R, Korson M, Kruer MC, Mancuso M, McCormack S, Josee Raboisson M, Reimschisel T, Salvarinova R, Saneto RP, Scaglia F, Shoffner J, Stacpoole PW, Sue CM, Tarnopolsky M, Van Karnebeek C, Wolfe LA, Zolkipli Cunningham Z, Rahman S, Chinnery PF. Response to Newman et al. Genet Med. 2017 12; 19(12). View abstract
  4. Parikh S, Goldstein A, Karaa A, Koenig MK, Anselm I, Brunel-Guitton C, Christodoulou J, Cohen BH, Dimmock D, Enns GM, Falk MJ, Feigenbaum A, Frye RE, Ganesh J, Griesemer D, Haas R, Horvath R, Korson M, Kruer MC, Mancuso M, McCormack S, Raboisson MJ, Reimschisel T, Salvarinova R, Saneto RP, Scaglia F, Shoffner J, Stacpoole PW, Sue CM, Tarnopolsky M, Van Karnebeek C, Wolfe LA, Cunningham ZZ, Rahman S, Chinnery PF. Patient care standards for primary mitochondrial disease: a consensus statement from the Mitochondrial Medicine Society. Genet Med. 2017 12; 19(12). View abstract
  5. Al-Ghamdi F, Anselm I, Yang E, Ghosh PS. Brain involvement in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease due to ganglioside-induced differentiation associated-protein 1 mutation. Neuromuscul Disord. 2017 Sep; 27(9):848-851. View abstract
  6. Hall PL, Laine R, Alexander JJ, Ankala A, Teot LA, Lidov HGW, Anselm I. GM2 Activator Deficiency Caused by a Homozygous Exon 2 Deletion in GM2A. JIMD Rep. 2018; 38:61-65. View abstract
  7. Morton SU, Prabhu SP, Lidov HGW, Shi J, Anselm I, Brownstein CA, Bainbridge MN, Beggs AH, Vargas SO, Agrawal PB. AIFM1 mutation presenting with fatal encephalomyopathy and mitochondrial disease in an infant. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2017 03; 3(2):a001560. View abstract
  8. Huang X, Bedoyan JK, Demirbas D, Harris DJ, Miron A, Edelheit S, Grahame G, DeBrosse SD, Wong LJ, Hoppel CL, Kerr DS, Anselm I, Berry GT. Succinyl-CoA synthetase (SUCLA2) deficiency in two siblings with impaired activity of other mitochondrial oxidative enzymes in skeletal muscle without mitochondrial DNA depletion. Mol Genet Metab. 2017 03; 120(3):213-222. View abstract
  9. Rodan LH, El Achkar CM, Berry GT, Poduri A, Prabhu SP, Yang E, Anselm I. De Novo TUBB2A Variant Presenting With Anterior Temporal Pachygyria. J Child Neurol. 2017 01; 32(1):127-131. View abstract
  10. Anselm I, MacCuaig M, Prabhu SP, Berry GT. Erratum to: Disease Heterogeneity in Na+/Citrate Cotransporter Deficiency. JIMD Rep. 2017; 31:113. View abstract
  11. Joshi M, Anselm I, Shi J, Bale TA, Towne M, Schmitz-Abe K, Crowley L, Giani FC, Kazerounian S, Markianos K, Lidov HG, Folkerth R, Sankaran VG, Agrawal PB. Mutations in the substrate binding glycine-rich loop of the mitochondrial processing peptidase-a protein (PMPCA) cause a severe mitochondrial disease. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 May; 2(3):a000786. View abstract
  12. Dy ME, Chang FC, Jesus SD, Anselm I, Mahant N, Zeilman P, Rodan LH, Foote KD, Tan WH, Eskandar E, Sharma N, Okun MS, Fung VS, Waugh JL. Treatment of ADCY5-Associated Dystonia, Chorea, and Hyperkinetic Disorders With Deep Brain Stimulation: A Multicenter Case Series. J Child Neurol. 2016 07; 31(8):1027-35. View abstract
  13. Anselm I, MacCuaig M, Prabhu SB, Berry GT. Disease Heterogeneity in Na+/Citrate Cotransporter Deficiency. JIMD Rep. 2017; 31:107-111. View abstract
  14. Calderwood L, Holm IA, Teot LA, Anselm I. Adrenal Insufficiency in Mitochondrial Disease: A Rare Case of GFER-Related Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy and Review of the Literature. J Child Neurol. 2016 Feb; 31(2):190-4. View abstract
  15. Parikh S, Goldstein A, Koenig MK, Scaglia F, Enns GM, Saneto R, Anselm I, Cohen BH, Falk MJ, Greene C, Gropman AL, Haas R, Hirano M, Morgan P, Sims K, Tarnopolsky M, Van Hove JL, Wolfe L, DiMauro S. Diagnosis and management of mitochondrial disease: a consensus statement from the Mitochondrial Medicine Society. Genet Med. 2015 Sep; 17(9):689-701. View abstract
  16. van de Kamp JM, Errami A, Howidi M, Anselm I, Winter S, Phalin-Roque J, Osaka H, van Dooren SJ, Mancini GM, Steinberg SJ, Salomons GS. Genotype-phenotype correlation of contiguous gene deletions of SLC6A8, BCAP31 and ABCD1. Clin Genet. 2015 Feb; 87(2):141-7. View abstract
  17. Heidary G, Calderwood L, Cox GF, Robson CD, Teot LA, Mullon J, Anselm I. Optic atrophy and a Leigh-like syndrome due to mutations in the c12orf65 gene: report of a novel mutation and review of the literature. J Neuroophthalmol. 2014 Mar; 34(1):39-43. View abstract
  18. Parikh S, Goldstein A, Koenig MK, Scaglia F, Enns GM, Saneto R, Anselm I, Collins A, Cohen BH, DeBrosse SD, Dimmock D, Falk MJ, Ganesh J, Greene C, Gropman AL, Haas R, Kahler SG, Kamholz J, Kendall F, Korson MS, Mattman A, Milone M, Niyazov D, Pearl PL, Reimschisel T, Salvarinova-Zivkovic R, Sims K, Tarnopolsky M, Tsao CY, van Hove J, Walsh L, Wolfe LA. Practice patterns of mitochondrial disease physicians in North America. Part 1: diagnostic and clinical challenges. Mitochondrion. 2014 Jan; 14(1):26-33. View abstract
  19. van de Kamp JM, Betsalel OT, Mercimek-Mahmutoglu S, Abulhoul L, Grünewald S, Anselm I, Azzouz H, Bratkovic D, de Brouwer A, Hamel B, Kleefstra T, Yntema H, Campistol J, Vilaseca MA, Cheillan D, D'Hooghe M, Diogo L, Garcia P, Valongo C, Fonseca M, Frints S, Wilcken B, von der Haar S, Meijers-Heijboer HE, Hofstede F, Johnson D, Kant SG, Lion-Francois L, Pitelet G, Longo N, Maat-Kievit JA, Monteiro JP, Munnich A, Muntau AC, Nassogne MC, Osaka H, Ounap K, Pinard JM, Quijano-Roy S, Poggenburg I, Poplawski N, Abdul-Rahman O, Ribes A, Arias A, Yaplito-Lee J, Schulze A, Schwartz CE, Schwenger S, Soares G, Sznajer Y, Valayannopoulos V, Van Esch H, Waltz S, Wamelink MM, Pouwels PJ, Errami A, van der Knaap MS, Jakobs C, Mancini GM, Salomons GS. Phenotype and genotype in 101 males with X-linked creatine transporter deficiency. J Med Genet. 2013 Jul; 50(7):463-72. View abstract
  20. Jamuar SS, Newton SA, Prabhu SP, Hecht L, Costas KC, Wessel AE, Harris DJ, Anselm I, Berry GT. Rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure, and cardiac arrest secondary to status dystonicus in a child with glutaric aciduria type I. Mol Genet Metab. 2012 Aug; 106(4):488-90. View abstract
  21. Bird LM, Tan WH, Bacino CA, Peters SU, Skinner SA, Anselm I, Barbieri-Welge R, Bauer-Carlin A, Gentile JK, Glaze DG, Horowitz LT, Mohan KN, Nespeca MP, Sahoo T, Sarco D, Waisbren SE, Beaudet AL. A therapeutic trial of pro-methylation dietary supplements in Angelman syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Dec; 155A(12):2956-63. View abstract
  22. Tan WH, Bacino CA, Skinner SA, Anselm I, Barbieri-Welge R, Bauer-Carlin A, Beaudet AL, Bichell TJ, Gentile JK, Glaze DG, Horowitz LT, Kothare SV, Lee HS, Nespeca MP, Peters SU, Sahoo T, Sarco D, Waisbren SE, Bird LM. Angelman syndrome: Mutations influence features in early childhood. Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Jan; 155A(1):81-90. View abstract
  23. Peters SU, Bird LM, Kimonis V, Glaze DG, Shinawi LM, Bichell TJ, Barbieri-Welge R, Nespeca M, Anselm I, Waisbren S, Sanborn E, Sun Q, O'Brien WE, Beaudet AL, Bacino CA. Double-blind therapeutic trial in Angelman syndrome using betaine and folic acid. Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Aug; 152A(8):1994-2001. View abstract
  24. Parikh S, Saneto R, Falk MJ, Anselm I, Cohen BH, Haas R, Medicine Society TM. A modern approach to the treatment of mitochondrial disease. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2009 Nov; 11(6):414-30. View abstract
  25. Anselm IA, Sweadner KJ, Gollamudi S, Ozelius LJ, Darras BT. Rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism in a child with a novel atp1a3 gene mutation. Neurology. 2009 Aug 04; 73(5):400-1. View abstract
  26. Miller DT, Shen Y, Weiss LA, Korn J, Anselm I, Bridgemohan C, Cox GF, Dickinson H, Gentile J, Harris DJ, Hegde V, Hundley R, Khwaja O, Kothare S, Luedke C, Nasir R, Poduri A, Prasad K, Raffalli P, Reinhard A, Smith SE, Sobeih MM, Soul JS, Stoler J, Takeoka M, Tan WH, Thakuria J, Wolff R, Yusupov R, Gusella JF, Daly MJ, Wu BL. Microdeletion/duplication at 15q13.2q13.3 among individuals with features of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders. J Med Genet. 2009 Apr; 46(4):242-8. View abstract
  27. Anselm IA, Coulter DL, Darras BT. Cardiac manifestations in a child with a novel mutation in creatine transporter gene SLC6A8. Neurology. 2008 Apr 29; 70(18):1642-4. View abstract
  28. Anselm IA, Darras BT. Dichloroacetate causes toxic neuropathy in MELAS: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Neurology. 2006 Oct 10; 67(7):1313; author reply 1313. View abstract
  29. Anselm IA, Darras BT. Catecholamine toxicity in aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency. Pediatr Neurol. 2006 Aug; 35(2):142-4. View abstract
  30. Anselm IA, Anselm IM, Alkuraya FS, Salomons GS, Jakobs C, Fulton AB, Mazumdar M, Rivkin M, Frye R, Poussaint TY, Marsden D. X-linked creatine transporter defect: a report on two unrelated boys with a severe clinical phenotype. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2006 Feb; 29(1):214-9. View abstract
  31. Yaari R, Anselm IA, Szer IS, Malicki DM, Nespeca MP, Gleeson JG. Childhood primary angiitis of the central nervous system: two biopsy-proven cases. J Pediatr. 2004 Nov; 145(5):693-7. View abstract
  32. Rosman NP, Anselm I, Bhadelia RA. Progressive intracranial vascular disease with strokes and seizures in a boy with progeria. J Child Neurol. 2001 Mar; 16(3):212-5. View abstract