Caitlin Rollins MD

Caitlin Rollins, MD

Assistant in Neurology

Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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"The greatest joy of my practice is being able to support families as their infants grow into childhood and beyond."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Behavioral Child Neurology
  • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Neurology

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Behavioral Neurology
  • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
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Caitlin Rollins MD

Philosophy of Care 

As the child of a clinical psychologist and scientist, I have always been interested in linking human experience with underlying biology. As part of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program, I have the wonderful privilege of being able to work with children and their families over many years. The greatest joy of my practice is being able to support families as their infants grow into childhood and beyond.


My focus is to be a compassionate physician who is continually bringing the latest in clinical research on cardioneurology to the precious children entrusted to us.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Harvard University, 2002

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Medical School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2007

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Residency

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007-2009

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Residency

Pediatric Neurology-Boston Children's Hospital, 2009-2012

Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology-Boston Children's Hospital, 2012-2014

Boston, Massachusetts

Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

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

Professional History

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.

Research

Dr. Rollins' research lies at the intersection of neurology and cardiology, aiming to illuminate the neurobiological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental impairment in congenital heart disease. She has collaborated with investigators in neurology, cardiology, and radiology to evaluate the MRI findings in adolescents with transposition of the great arteries.

Dr. Rollins is currently 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. She collaborates with investigators from Boston Children's in radiology, fetal medicine and cardiology as well as neonatologists at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Rollins' clinical work as a neurologist with our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Neurology Program informs her research and supports her dedication to bring the benefits of research to children.

Publications

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  1. Rollins CK, Newburger JW. Cardiology patient page. Neurodevelopmental outcomes in congenital heart disease. Circulation. 2014 Sep 30; 130(14):e124-6.
  2. Rollins CK, Watson CG, Asaro LA, Wypij D, Vajapeyam S, Bellinger DC, DeMaso DR, Robertson RL, Newburger JW, Rivkin MJ. White matter microstructure and cognition in adolescents with congenital heart disease. J Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 165(5):936-44.e1-2.
  3. Olson H, Shen Y, Avallone J, Sheidley BR, Pinsky R, Bergin AM, Berry GT, Duffy FH, Eksioglu Y, Harris DJ, Hisama FM, Ho E, Irons M, Jacobsen CM, James P, Kothare S, Khwaja O, Lipton J, Loddenkemper T, Markowitz J, Maski K, Megerian JT, Neilan E, Raffalli PC, Robbins M, Roberts A, Roe E, Rollins C, Sahin M, Sarco D, Schonwald A, Smith SE, Soul J, Stoler JM, Takeoka M, Tan WH, Torres AR, Tsai P, Urion DK, Weissman L, Wolff R, Wu BL, Miller DT, Poduri A. Copy number variation plays an important role in clinical epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2014 Jun; 75(6):943-58.
  4. Hermann RC, Rollins CK, Chan JA. Risk-adjusting outcomes of mental health and substance-related care: a review of the literature. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2007 Mar-Apr; 15(2):52-69.
  5. Hermann RC, Rollins CK. Quality measurement in health care: a need for leadership amid a new federalism. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2003 Jul-Aug; 11(4):215-9.
  6. Cariappa A, Flyer DC, Rollins CT, Roopenian DC, Flavell RA, Brown D, Waneck GL. Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored H-2Db molecules are defective in antigen processing and presentation to cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Eur J Immunol. 1996 Sep; 26(9):2215-24.
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