Heather  Olson

Heather  Olson, MD

Assistant in Neurology

Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: Neonatal Neurology: 617–355-8994; Epilepsy: 617-355-8656

  • Fax: 617-730-0463

"I strive to do my best every day for the needs of my patients today and the hope of contributing to better treatments for the future."

Medical Services


  • Child Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurogenetic Disorders


  • Neurology


  • English


  • Brain Development and Genetics Clinic
  • Epilepsy Center
  • Epilepsy Genetics Program
  • Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program
Heather  Olson

I am grateful for the values instilled in me through my medical education at the Mayo Clinic. 

These include their primary value “The needs of the patient come first” and logo of three interlocking shields representing a model of care based on integrated excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

Being a physician is a blessing and a privilege, and child neurology is a special field.  The resilience of children and families gives me strength.  I strive to do my best every day for the needs of my patients today and the hope of contributing to better treatments for the future. I am thankful to my patients, their families and my own, and excellent colleagues for all that they do to help me achieve my goals and your goals.

Experience and Education



Colby College, 2001

Waterville , ME

Medical School

Medicine-Mayo Medical School, 2001-2006

Rochester , Minnesota


Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics-Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, 2006-2008

Boston , Massachusetts


Pediatric Neurology-Boston Children's Hospital, 2008-2011

Boston, Massachusetts


Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology-Boston Children’s Hospital, 2011-2012

Boston , Massachusetts


Neurogenetics & Epilepsy GeneticsBoston Children’s Hospital, 2012-2013

Boston , Massachusetts


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

  • Neurology with special qualification in child neurology

Professional History

After medical school training at Mayo Medical School, I did all of my post-graduate training in Boston then came on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital.  My clinical focus in on Epilepsy and Neurogenetics/Epilepsy Genetics.  I see patients through a number of programs within Neurology including the fetal-neonatal neurology program with a focus towards neurogenetic disorders and epilepsy.  Additionally I see patients along with colleagues Dr. Benson and Dr. Gorman in our joint Inflammatory Epilepsy Program. I am a clinician and clinical researcher.  My research is in the field of Epilepsy Genetics, particularly genetics of early onset epileptic encephalopathies and infantile spasms.  Additionally, I am working towards a master of science degree in Epidemiology through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus on Genetic Epidemiology.


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