Peter Raffalli

Peter Raffalli, MD

Assistant in Neurology; Director of BACPAC

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

“Our goal with BACPAC is to establish a program where children faced with bullying and cyberbullying can come to be heard, learn their rights under federal and state laws and learn strategies that might help end the abuse.”

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Autism
  • Behavioral Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Autism Spectrum Center
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative
  • Headache Program
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Peter Raffalli

In this general pediatric neurology practice, I evaluate and follow patients with a broad spectrum of neurological problems, ranging from mildest to very severe, including headache, epilepsy, school dysfunction, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and autism. 

I have subspecialty interest in peer victimization (bullying) in the pediatric neurology population, and I am Founder and Director of the Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC) at Boston Children’s Hospital. I am also the pediatric associate to the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State College, which conducts research in the area of peer victimization and provides information and training to schools on the topic of bullying/cyber bullying detection, prevention and intervention.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Hofstra University, 1983

Long Island, New York

Medical School

State University of NY at Stony Brook, 1987

Stony Brook, New York

Internship

Pediatrics-Schneider Children's Hospital, 1988

New Hyde Park, New York

Residency

Pediatrics-Schneider Children's Hospital, 1989

New Hyde Park, New York

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurology-Schneider Children's Hospital, 1992

New Hyde Park, New York

Certifications

  • Neurology with special qualification in child neurology

Professional History

My Area of Excellence is Clinical Expertise and Innovation. I devote 80% of my time to clinical care, 5% to investigation, 10% to teaching and education, and 5% to significant supporting activities.

I am a full-time attending child neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I care for children at the Hospital’s main campus as well as its satellite clinics. Currently, my primary focus is on outpatient pediatric neurological clinical care. My clinical responsibilities include 5 days per week of direct patient care. I provide outpatient consultation and ongoing follow-up care for affected children during 4 full-day outpatient clinics per week and one session per week in the resident clinic.

I contribute my clinical knowledge and expertise in clinical investigations of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, as well as the epilepsy and the connection between ADHD and bullying.  Since 2004, I have contributed to 9 publications, either as co-investigator and author or as a collaborator providing data from patients seen in my clinical practice.

My teaching activities include serving as faculty attending for a weekly general child neurology clinic at the main campus of Children’s, supervising and teaching the pediatric neurology residents, general pediatric residents, and medical students seeing patients.

In summary, my clinical experience informs my work in developing innovative programs to provide the best possible care for children. My short and long term goals are to continue building relationships with schools and parents through the BACPAC program to address the bullying issue by creating awareness, providing tools and resources, and promoting understanding of the role of behavioral disorders in bullying situations.

Read about Partnering with the BACPAC program to end bullying

Publications

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  1. Raffalli PC, Pomeroy SL. A clinic devoted to peer victimization in special needs children. Ann Neurol. 2016 Feb; 79(2):167-8.
  2. 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.
  3. Keder R, Sege R, Raffalli PC, Augustyn M. Bullying and ADHD: which came first and does it matter? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Oct; 34(8):623-5.
  4. An Y, Amr SS, Torres A, Weissman L, Raffalli P, Cox G, Sheng X, Lip V, Bi W, Patel A, Stankiewicz P, Wu BL, Shen Y. SOX12 and NRSN2 are candidate genes for 20p13 subtelomeric deletions associated with developmental delay. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2013 Dec; 162B(8):832-40.
  5. Miller DT, Shen Y, Weiss LA, Korn J, Anselm I, Bridgemohan C, Cox GF, Dickinson H, Gentile J, Harris DJ, Hegde V, Hundley R, Khwaja O, Kothare S, Luedke C, Nasir R, Poduri A, Prasad K, Raffalli P, Reinhard A, Smith SE, Sobeih MM, Soul JS, Stoler J, Takeoka M, Tan WH, Thakuria J, Wolff R, Yusupov R, Gusella JF, Daly MJ, Wu BL. Microdeletion/duplication at 15q13.2q13.3 among individuals with features of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders. J Med Genet. 2009 Apr; 46(4):242-8.
  6. Berg JS, Brunetti-Pierri N, Peters SU, Kang SH, Fong CT, Salamone J, Freedenberg D, Hannig VL, Prock LA, Miller DT, Raffalli P, Harris DJ, Erickson RP, Cunniff C, Clark GD, Blazo MA, Peiffer DA, Gunderson KL, Sahoo T, Patel A, Lupski JR, Beaudet AL, Cheung SW. Speech delay and autism spectrum behaviors are frequently associated with duplication of the 7q11.23 Williams-Beuren syndrome region. Genet Med. 2007 Jul; 9(7):427-41.
  7. Shen Y, Dies KA, Holm IA, Bridgemohan C, Sobeih MM, Caronna EB, Miller KJ, Frazier JA, Silverstein I, Picker J, Weissman L, Raffalli P, Jeste S, Demmer LA, Peters HK, Brewster SJ, Kowalczyk SJ, Rosen-Sheidley B, McGowan C, Duda AW, Lincoln SA, Lowe KR, Schonwald A, Robbins M, Hisama F, Wolff R, Becker R, Nasir R, Urion DK, Milunsky JM, Rappaport L, Gusella JF, Walsh CA, Wu BL, Miller DT. Clinical genetic testing for patients with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2010 Apr; 125(4):e727-35.
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