Heather  Olson

Heather  Olson, MD, MS

Assistant in Neurology

Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: Neonatal Neurology: 617–355-8994; Epilepsy: 617-355-8656
  • Fax: 617-730-0463

"I strive to do my best every day for the needs of my patients today and the hope of contributing to better treatments for the future."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Epilepsy
  • Neurogenetic Disorders

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Brain Development and Genetics Clinic
  • CDKL5 Clinic and Research
  • Epilepsy Center
  • Epilepsy Genetics Program
  • Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program
To schedule an appointment: Call Neonatal Neurology: 617–355-8994; Epilepsy: 617-355-8656 or Request an Appointment
Heather  Olson

I am grateful for the values instilled in me through my medical education at the Mayo Clinic. 

These include their primary value “The needs of the patient come first” and logo of three interlocking shields representing a model of care based on integrated excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

Being a physician is a blessing and a privilege, and child neurology is a special field.  The resilience of children and families gives me strength.  I strive to do my best every day for the needs of my patients today and the hope of contributing to better treatments for the future. I am thankful to my patients, their families and my own, and excellent colleagues for all that they do to help me achieve my goals and your goals.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Colby College, 2001

Waterville , ME

Medical School

Mayo Medical School, 2001-2006

Rochester , Minnesota

Internship and Residency in Pediatrics

Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, 2006-2008

Boston , Massachusetts

Residency in Pediatric Neurology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2008-2011

Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship in Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology

Boston Children’s Hospital, 2011-2012

Boston , Massachusetts

Fellowship in Neurogenetics & Epilepsy Genetics

Boston Children’s Hospital, 2012-2013

Boston , Massachusetts

Certifications

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

  • Neurology with special qualification in child neurology

Professional History

After medical school training at Mayo Medical School, I did all of my post-graduate training in Boston then came on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital.  My clinical focus in on Epilepsy and Neurogenetics/Epilepsy Genetics.  I see patients through a number of programs within Neurology including the fetal-neonatal neurology program with a focus towards neurogenetic disorders and epilepsy.  Additionally I see patients along with colleagues Dr. Benson and Dr. Gorman in our joint Inflammatory Epilepsy Program. I am a clinician and clinical researcher.  My research is in the field of Epilepsy Genetics, particularly genetics of early onset epileptic encephalopathies and infantile spasms.  Additionally, I am working towards a master of science degree in Epidemiology through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus on Genetic Epidemiology.

Publications

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  1. Srivastava S, Olson HE, Cohen JS, Gubbels CS, Lincoln S, Davis BT, Shahmirzadi L, Gupta S, Picker J, Yu TW, Miller DT, Soul JS, Poretti A, Naidu S. BRAT1 mutations present with a spectrum of clinical severity. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Sep; 170(9):2265-73.
  2. Aravamuthan BR, Sánchez Fernández I, Zurawski J, Olson H, Gorman M, Takeoka M. Pediatric anti-Hu-associated encephalitis with clinical features of Rasmussen encephalitis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2015 Oct; 2(5):e150.
  3. Howell KB, McMahon JM, Carvill GL, Tambunan D, Mackay MT, Rodriguez-Casero V, Webster R, Clark D, Freeman JL, Calvert S, Olson HE, Mandelstam S, Poduri A, Mefford HC, Harvey AS, Scheffer IE. SCN2A encephalopathy: A major cause of epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures. Neurology. 2015 Sep 15; 85(11):958-66.
  4. El Achkar CM, Olson HE, Poduri A, Pearl PL. The genetics of the epilepsies. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2015 Jul; 15(7):39.
  5. Olson HE, Tambunan D, LaCoursiere C, Goldenberg M, Pinsky R, Martin E, Ho E, Khwaja O, Kaufmann WE, Poduri A. Mutations in epilepsy and intellectual disability genes in patients with features of Rett syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Sep; 167A(9):2017-25.
  6. Benson LA, Olson H, Gorman MP. Evaluation and treatment of autoimmune neurologic disorders in the pediatric intensive care unit. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Dec; 21(4):284-90.
  7. Olson HE, Poduri A, Pearl PL. Genetic forms of epilepsies and other paroxysmal disorders. Semin Neurol. 2014 Jul; 34(3):266-79.
  8. Thome-Souza S, Kadish NE, Ramgopal S, Sánchez Fernández I, Bergin AM, Bolton J, Harini C, Libenson M, Olson H, Peters J, Poduri A, Rotenberg A, Takeoka M, Kothare SV, Kapur K, Bourgeois BF, Loddenkemper T. Safety and retention rate of rufinamide in 300 patients: a single pediatric epilepsy center experience. Epilepsia. 2014 Aug; 55(8):1235-44.
  9. Orbach D, Storey A, Morash D, Estroff J, Smith E, Trenor C, Olson H. E-066 pathogenesis of dural sinus malformations as demonstrated by fetal imaging: a decision-making crucible for parents and clinicians. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Jul; 6 Suppl 1:A69-70.
  10. 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.
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  12. Olson HE, Shen Y, Poduri A, Gorman MP, Dies KA, Robbins M, Hundley R, Wu B, Sahin M. Micro-duplications of 1q32.1 associated with neurodevelopmental delay. Eur J Med Genet. 2012 Feb; 55(2):145-50.
  13. Olson HE, Loddenkemper T, Vendrame M, Poduri A, Takeoka M, Bergin AM, Libenson MH, Duffy FH, Rotenberg A, Coulter D, Bourgeois BF, Kothare SV. Rufinamide for the treatment of epileptic spasms. Epilepsy Behav. 2011 Feb; 20(2):344-8.
  14. Olson HE, Rooney GE, Gross L, Nesbitt JJ, Galvin KE, Knight A, Chen B, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. Neural stem cell- and Schwann cell-loaded biodegradable polymer scaffolds support axonal regeneration in the transected spinal cord. Tissue Eng Part A. 2009 Jul; 15(7):1797-805.
  15. Olson HE, Lechpammer M, Prabhu SP, Ciarlini PD, Poduri A, Gooty VD, Anjum MW, Gorman MP, Loddenkemper T. Clinical application and evaluation of the Bien diagnostic criteria for Rasmussen encephalitis. Epilepsia. 2013 Oct; 54(10):1753-60.
To schedule an appointment: Call Neonatal Neurology: 617–355-8994; Epilepsy: 617-355-8656 or Request an Appointment

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