MEDICAL SERVICES

Specialties

Departments

Programs

Languages

  • English

  • Spanish

EDUCATION

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School , 2010 , Boston , MA

Residency

  • Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) , 2015 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2017 , Boston , MA

My goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, collaborative care to children and families with neurological illness including stroke and cerebrovascular disorders. I believe in physicians working together to care for children with complex needs, and in empowering and supporting families. I am dedicated to advancing neurology education by incorporating advances in learning science and reaching across disciplinary boundaries, and to training the next generation of pediatric neurologists to be knowledgeable, professional, creative, and caring.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I have long been fascinated by the brain and chose to major in neuroscience as an undergraduate. I also always knew I wanted to work with children. When I was introduced to pediatric neurology as a medical student, I knew it would be the perfect blend of the science of the brain and the demonstration of some of the brain's most important functions: how the developing brain allows children to talk, move, and learn. As a resident, I became particularly interested in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders because of their profound impact on the child and the family, and the multidisciplinary nature of caring for them both emergently and in long-term follow up.



My parallel interest is medical education. My year as the Department of Neurology’s Chief Resident for New Educational Initiatives cemented my desire to make medical education the focus of scholarship and leadership for my career. I completed a Master's in Education (EdM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with support from the Zuckerman Fellowship for cross-disciplinary public service leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. I teach and lead educational programming for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians--neurologists and non-neurologists alike--to promote better care for children with neurologic disorders through education.

CERTIFICATIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Rea CJ, Wenren LM, Tran KD, Zwemer E, Mallon D, Bernson-Leung M, Samuels RC, Toomey SL. Shared Care: Using an Electronic Consult Form to Facilitate Primary Care Provider-Specialty Care Coordination. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Sep - Oct; 18(7):797-804. View abstract
  2. Bernson-Leung ME, Boyd TK, Meserve EE, Danehy AR, Kapur K, Trenor CC, Lehman LL, Rivkin MJ. Placental Pathology in Neonatal Stroke: A Retrospective Case-Control Study. J Pediatr. 2018 Apr; 195:39-47.e5. View abstract
  3. Bernson-Leung ME, Urion DK. The Child Neurology Trainee-as-Teacher: A Clinical Teaching Curriculum Tailored to Learners' Needs and Developmental Roles. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Jan; 78:41-45. View abstract
  4. Lehman LL, Danehy AR, Trenor CC, Calahan CF, Bernson-Leung ME, Robertson RL, Rivkin MJ. Transient Focal Neurologic Symptoms Correspond to Regional Cerebral Hypoperfusion by MRI: A Stroke Mimic in Children. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Nov; 38(11):2199-2202. View abstract
  5. Lehman LL, Beaute J, Kapur K, Danehy AR, Bernson-Leung ME, Malkin H, Rivkin MJ, Trenor CC. Workup for Perinatal Stroke Does Not Predict Recurrence. Stroke. 2017 08; 48(8):2078-2083. View abstract
  6. Zwemer E, Bernson-Leung M, Rea C, Patel AA, Guerriero R, Urion DK, Toomey SL. Education on the Brain: A Partnership Between a Pediatric Primary Care Center and Neurology Residency. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jan; 57(1):46-51. View abstract
  7. Bernson-Leung ME, Rivkin MJ. Stroke in Neonates and Children. Pediatr Rev. 2016 Nov; 37(11):463-477. View abstract
  8. Bernson-Leung ME, deVeber GA. Emerging Subspecialties in Neurology: Pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders. Neurology. 2016 11 01; 87(18):e219-e222. View abstract
  9. Bernson-Leung ME, Lehman LL. Cerebrovascular Complications of Pediatric Pneumococcal Meningitis in the PCV13 Era. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):374-9. View abstract
  10. Walsh BH, Baumer FM, Bernson-Leung ME, Lerou P, Peters JM. Teaching video neuroimages: nonepileptic myoclonus in a neonate following severe hypoxic-ischemic injury. Neurology. 2015 Mar 24; 84(12):e90. View abstract
  11. Guerriero RM, Pier DB, de Gusmão CM, Bernson-Leung ME, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Increased pediatric functional neurological symptom disorders after the Boston marathon bombings: a case series. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Nov; 51(5):619-23. View abstract
  12. Bernson-Leung M, Ananth P, Shusterman S. Neuroblastoma presenting as facial nerve palsy and bulging tympanic membrane. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Feb; 54(2):183-5. View abstract
  13. Bernson-Leung ME, Mazumdar M. Journal club: pretreatment EEG in childhood absence epilepsy. Neurology. 2014 May 06; 82(18):e158-60. View abstract
  14. de Gusmão CM, Guerriero RM, Bernson-Leung ME, Pier D, Ibeziako PI, Bujoreanu S, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Functional neurological symptom disorders in a pediatric emergency room: diagnostic accuracy, features, and outcome. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Aug; 51(2):233-8. View abstract
  15. Bernson-Leung ME, Leung LY, Kumar S. Synthetic cannabis and acute ischemic stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 23(5):1239-41. View abstract
  16. Goldstein DS, Holmes C, Sato T, Bernson M, Mizrahi N, Imrich R, Carmona G, Sharabi Y, Vortmeyer AO. Central dopamine deficiency in pure autonomic failure. Clin Auton Res. 2008 Apr; 18(2):58-65. View abstract
  17. Darmopil S, Muñetón-Gómez VC, de Ceballos ML, Bernson M, Moratalla R. Tyrosine hydroxylase cells appearing in the mouse striatum after dopamine denervation are likely to be projection neurones regulated by L-DOPA. Eur J Neurosci. 2008 Feb; 27(3):580-92. View abstract