I am a neurologist focusing on understanding neurological outcomes in congenital heart disease. Through my clinical care, I am uniquely situated to allow my patient experiences to inform our research. At the same time, I am able to provide families with information about the latest research advances in the field. By intertwining clinical care and research, I strive to bring a richer perspective to both research and to my patients and their families.
My clinical work is as a neurologist with the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Neurology Program. Here I treat conditions such as developmental delay, motor concerns, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. I also see patients in the neurology consultation service.
My research lies at the intersection of neurology and cardiology, aiming to illuminate the neurobiological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental impairment in congenital heart disease.
Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of a fetal MRI study that investigates fetal brain measurements in congenital heart disease to determine whether in utero markers of abnormal brain development can be identified. The ultimate goal of the study is to establish neurobiological targets for fetal neuroprotective intervention and identify those patients most likely to benefit from such therapy.