I believe that every child and family deserves to be in the center of a medical team that attends to the assessment and treatment of medical conditions, but also to maximizing the child’s quality of life and functioning at home, school, and within the community.

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Skidmore College , Saratoga Springs , NY

Graduate Degree

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education , 2006 , Cambridge , MA

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School , 2007 , Boston , MA

Residency

Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2009 , Boston , MA

Residency

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I believe that every child and family deserves to be in the center of a medical team that attends to the assessment and treatment of medical conditions, but also to maximizing the child’s quality of life and functioning at home, school, and within the community.  My older sister has Down syndrome, and I have had lifelong experiences with individuals with developmental disabilities.  With interest and training in both medicine and education, I found a perfect professional home in the newly developed field of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.  This training provided a foundation in general pediatrics and child neurology, with special focus and experiences in developmental behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Outside of work, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Massachusetts Special Education Advisory Council, and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Scientific Advisory Committee.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Baumer is a board certified child neurologist and pediatrician, specializing in the care of children with complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. She graduated from Skidmore College and Harvard Medical School.  She also obtained a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on Special Education and educational research.   Dr. Baumer sees patients in the Neurology Department and in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She specializes in the treatment of individuals with Down syndrome, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and neurobehavioral disorders. In addition to clinical care, she is working to develop a robust research program within the Down Syndrome Program to study potential therapeutics that may positively impact learning, memory, and behavior for children with Down syndrome. Her main research focus involves characterization of medical, developmental, and behavioral profiles of children with Down syndrome, and exploring educational strategies and behavioral and medical interventions for individuals with Down syndrome.

CERTIFICATIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Baumer N, Spence SJ. Evaluation and Management of the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2018 02; 24(1, Child Neurology):248-275. View abstract
  2. Hart SJ, Visootsak J, Tamburri P, Phuong P, Baumer N, Hernandez MC, Skotko BG, Ochoa-Lubinoff C, Liogier D'Ardhuy X, Kishnani PS, Spiridigliozzi GA. Pharmacological interventions to improve cognition and adaptive functioning in Down syndrome: Strides to date. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Nov; 173(11):3029-3041. View abstract
  3. Lavigne J, Sharr C, Elsharkawi I, Ozonoff A, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier K, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG. Thyroid dysfunction in patients with Down syndrome: Results from a multi-institutional registry study. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Jun; 173(6):1539-1545. View abstract
  4. Sharr C, Lavigne J, Elsharkawi IM, Ozonoff A, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier KL, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG. Detecting celiac disease in patients with Down syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 12; 170(12):3098-3105. View abstract
  5. Lavigne J, Sharr C, Ozonoff A, Prock LA, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McCannon JB, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier KL, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG. National down syndrome patient database: Insights from the development of a multi-center registry study. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Nov; 167A(11):2520-6. View abstract
  6. Baumer N, Davidson EJ. Supporting a happy, healthy adolescence for young people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities: recommendations for clinicians. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2014 Aug; 26(4):428-34. View abstract
  7. Gaufberg E, Baumer N, Hinrichs M, Krupat E. Professional boundaries: the perspective of the third year medical student in negotiating three boundary challenges. Teach Learn Med. 2008 Oct-Dec; 20(4):334-9. View abstract
  8. Baumer N, Sandstede ML, Diederichs S, Kohler G, Readhead C, Ji P, Zhang F, Bulk E, Gromoll J, Berdel WE, Serve H, Muller-Tidow C. Analysis of the genetic interactions between Cyclin A1, Atm and p53 during spermatogenesis. Asian J Androl. 2007 Nov; 9(6):739-50. View abstract