My area of interest is epilepsy in children and adolescents, and that’s where I would like to have a chance to make a difference.

EDUCATION

Medical School

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , 1990 , Rio de Janeiro , Brazil

Internship

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , 1990 , Rio de Janeiro , Brazil

Residency

  • Hospital de Clínicas of Federal University of Paraná , 1995 , Curitiba, Paraná , Brazil

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1995 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Even before my entrance in medical school, I knew I wanted to work with children. My mother was a teacher, and I have always enjoyed trying to get into the mind and universe of a child. Now as a mother, I have two children who continue to inspire me.  I was already a practicing child neurologist in Brazil when I came to the United States in July 2007 in order to pursue training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

I received my Medical Degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Then I went on to complete my PhD in Neurology at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition, I completed the epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowship, neurology residency program, and neurogenetics fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. My area of interest is epilepsy in children and adolescents, and that’s where I would like to have a chance to make a difference. Through the understanding of the impact of seizure disorders in this age group, I would like to focus my career on the prevention of epilepsy, the easing of its effects, and the promotion of the best possible quality of life for people with seizure disorders and their families.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My research interests are in Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) and epilepsy during the first two years of life considering all aspects of the heterogeneous conditions. My mission is to improve the understanding of the multitude of etiologies and the possible mechanisms of seizure, diagnostic assessment, treatment and prognosis. I have had a chance to in the comprehensive SWS clinic in the neurology department at Boston Children’s Hospital. Brain involvement is commonly seen; seizure is the most common neurological symptom manifested in SWS patients, and yet the pathophysiologic process involving the epileptogenesis in this syndrome is not fully explained. Seizures often occur during first year of life and they can be drug resistant. Studies have shown that duration of epilepsy impact quality of life and neurodevelopment of this group of patients. Hopefully we can promote improvement on those aspects in the life of patients with SWS. 

CERTIFICATIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Pinto ALR, Ou Y, Sahin M, Grant PE. Quantitative Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Mapping May Predict Seizure Onset in Children With Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Apr 12. View abstract
  2. Pinto AL, Chen L, Friedman R, Grant PE, Poduri A, Takeoka M, Prabhu SP, Sahin M. Sturge-Weber Syndrome: Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neuropathology Findings. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 05; 58:25-30. View abstract
  3. Pinto AL, Fernández IS, Peters JM, Manganaro S, Singer JM, Vendrame M, Prabhu SP, Loddenkemper T, Kothare SV. Localization of sleep spindles, k-complexes, and vertex waves with subdural electrodes in children. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2014 Aug; 31(4):367-74. View abstract
  4. Pinto AL, Lohani S, Bergin AM, Bourgeois BF, Black PM, Prabhu SP, Madsen JR, Takeoka M, Poduri A. Surgery for intractable epilepsy due to unilateral brain disease: a retrospective study comparing hemispherectomy techniques. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Sep; 51(3):336-43. View abstract
  5. Libenson MH, Haldar A, Pinto AL. The stability of spike counts in children with interictal epileptiform activity. Seizure. 2014 Jun; 23(6):454-6. View abstract
  6. Pinto A, Miller-Horn J, Guilhoto L, Harini C, Morrison P, Prabhu SP, Kothare S, Loddenkemper T. Teaching NeuroImages: mesial temporal sclerosis after a prolonged unprovoked seizure in an infant. Neurology. 2011 Nov 08; 77(19):e112-3. View abstract