Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

Neurologist-in-Chief, Chairman, Department of Neurology

Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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"I'm guided by the desire to make our world-class physician-scientists and cutting-edge technology more accessible to all families. As a neurologist and hospital leader, I believe science has practical implications and can offer real hope for improved care of patients."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Hematology Oncology
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Brain Tumors

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Brain Tumor Center
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Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

My approach to care reflects the Midwestern values instilled in me by my father, a nuclear engineer, and my mother, a nursery school teacher. 

The small-town sensibility of my Ohio upbringing taught me self sufficiency, respect for others and the importance of pulling my own weight. I am also a self-identified nerd.  I feel at home in the lab and love to spend time among researchers.

 

I became interested in science at a young age. My father, who was part of a post World War II project to design and build a nuclear airplane, infused my childhood with the cutting-edge ideas of the time -- atomic energy, space travel, and physics. The human side of who I would become as a doctor emerged during the Civil Rights movement, with its emphasis on the rights of others. I became interested in the potential of science to make real change, and I wanted to work on a problem that could mean real results for my patients.

 

My decision to treat children grew out of volunteer work at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. I worked Friday night shifts after high school and through college in the emergency room, and the work was very hands on -- I was tasked with holding children during procedures in the emergency room, working with them in the hospital child life program and visiting children at their bedsides after they were admitted to the hospital. Getting to know very ill children taught me that doctors must treat them in the context of the entire family. 

 

A trip to the hospital can be a life changing event especially in my area of specialty, childhood brain tumors. Our approach offers hope from cutting edge science driven therapies together with care for the whole child and family, supporting them through one of the worst events of their lives. I received the first Compassionate Caregiver Award, awarded by the Kenneth Schwartz Center in 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1982

Cincinnati, Ohio

Residency

Pediatrics -Boston Children's Hospital, 1982-1984

Boston, Massachusetts

Residency

Child Neurology-Washington University/Children’s Hospital, 1984-1987

St. Louis, Missouri

Fellowship

Child Neurology and Neurobiology-Washington University, 1987-1990

St. Louis, Missouri

Certifications

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

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Research

Molecular and cellular biology of childhood brain tumors.

Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Research site

Professional History

I'm guided by the desire to make our world-class physician-scientists and cutting-edge technology more accessible to all families. As a neurologist and hospital leader, I believe science has practical implications and can offer real hope for improved care of patients.

 

My commitment to both research and medicine was reflected in my decision to pursue both an M.D. and PhD. at the University of Cincinnati. I then trained in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and child neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. Early on in my career, I longed to find a problem for which basic science would have a major impact on improving care and chose to focus on childhood brain tumors. 

 

I have focused primarily on the treatment of children with medulloblastomas -- the most common malignant brain tumors in kids.  Given their malignant behavior, treatment of these tumors is extremely aggressive, involving a protracted course of chemotherapy and radiation to the entire brain.  Survivors are left with life-altering cognitive deficits.

 

The advent of technology that could rapidly monitor the activity of all genes throughout the human genome gave me the opportunity to study the tumor samples in depth. Thus, clinical practice informed a research breakthrough: we discovered that the molecular profiles of tumors predict the treatment response of medulloblastomas much more accurately than clinical criteria that were in use at the time. This finding allowed us to classify brain tumors by their molecular features, better predicting outcomes for patients and allowing us to increase treatment of poor outcome tumors while decreasing treatment of tumors that respond to therapy in order to improve the cognitive outcome of survivors.  We also are able to introduce therapies that target molecular mechanisms, enabling further reduction or even elimination of less specific and damaging chemotherapy and radiation. These research and clinical experiences led, in 2010, to my appointment as the Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

 

In the clinical arena, I worked toward the establishment of our multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Center in 1992 and helped to grow it to one of the largest such programs nationwide. After becoming Boston Children's Hospital's Neurologist-in-Chief in 2005, I have dedicated my efforts toward better coordinating care for our patients, many of whom have complex needs. Under my direction, families now come into integrated systems for autism, learning disabilities and many other disorders of the brain. I have also been instrumental in advocating for the establishment the hospital's shared service center. This has streamlined registration and billing, making Boston Children's Hospital a more nimble, patient-centered organization. I am proud to have made the experience of coming to the hospital an easier one for families of children with complex needs.

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Locations

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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