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Michael  Rivkin, MD

Michael Rivkin
Neurology Research
Hospital Title:
Senior Associate in Medicine
Academic Title:
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Critical Care Neuro
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Research Overview

Michael Rivkin's studies of learning disabilities have addressed issues of timing in affected children and matched controls. In his research he has:

  • Used functional MRI in studies of children with learning disabilities and matched controls to localize timing functions and impairments thereof within the cerebrum.
  • Demonsted that the supplementary motor area and right superior temporal gyrus participate in a network needed for internally timed paced finger tapping in children.
  • Delineated deficits in information processing in children with developmental dyslexia.
  • Delineated norms for a working memory task for children 8-12 years of age.
  • Successfully applied diffusion tensor imaging and dual echo techniques to the study of postnatal brain development in premature infants between 28 weeks' gestation and term.

About Michael Rivkin

Michael Rivkin received his MD degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital and a second residency in pediatric neurology at New England Medical Center. He subsequently completed a fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston.


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  1. Schmithorst VJ, Panigrahy A, Gaynor JW, Watson CG, Lee V, Bellinger DC, Rivkin MJ, Newburger JW. Organizational topology of brain and its relationship to ADHD in adolescents with d-transposition of the great arteries. Brain Behav. 2016 Aug; 6(8):e00504.
  2. Watson CG, Dehaes M, Gagoski BA, Grant PE, Rivkin MJ. Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Performed in Acute Perinatal Stroke Reveals Hyperperfusion Associated With Ischemic Injury. Stroke. 2016 Jun; 47(6):1514-9.
  3. Mrakotsky C, Anand R, Watson C, Vu C, Matos A, Friel S, Rivkin M, Snapper S. O-018 New Evidence for Structural Brain Differences in Pediatric Crohn's Disease: Impact of Underlying Disease Factors. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Mar; 22 Suppl 1:S6-7.
  4. Rivkin MJ, Bernard TJ, Dowling MM, Amlie-Lefond C. Guidelines for Urgent Management of Stroke in Children. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Mar; 56:8-17.
  5. Baumer FM, Ouahed J, Verhave M, Rivkin MJ. Fatal Central Nervous System Disease Following First Infliximab Infusion in a Child With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Apr; 57:91-4.
  6. Bellinger DC, Watson CG, Rivkin MJ, Robertson RL, Roberts AE, Stopp C, Dunbar-Masterson C, Bernson D, DeMaso DR, Wypij D, Newburger JW. Neuropsychological Status and Structural Brain Imaging in Adolescents With Single Ventricle Who Underwent the Fontan Procedure. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Dec; 4(12).
  7. Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Stence NV, Jones W, Ichord R, Amlie-Lefond C, Dowling MM, Rivkin MJ. Preparing for a "Pediatric Stroke Alert". Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Mar; 56:18-24.
  8. Amlie-Lefond C, Rivkin MJ, Friedman NR, Bernard TJ, Dowling MM, deVeber G. The Way Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in Pediatric Stroke. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Mar; 56:3-7.
  9. Lehman LL, Watson CG, Kapur K, Danehy AR, Rivkin MJ. Predictors of Stroke After Transient Ischemic Attack in Children. Stroke. 2016 Jan; 47(1):88-93.
  10. Watson CG, Asaro LA, Wypij D, Robertson RL, Newburger JW, Rivkin MJ. Altered Gray Matter in Adolescents with d-Transposition of the Great Arteries. J Pediatr. 2016 Feb; 169:36-43.e1.
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  12. Fullerton HJ, Hills NK, Elkind MS, Dowling MM, Wintermark M, Glaser CA, Tan M, Rivkin MJ, Titomanlio L, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA. Infection, vaccination, and childhood arterial ischemic stroke: Results of the VIPS study. Neurology. 2015 Oct 27; 85(17):1459-66.
  13. Walker L, Chang LC, Nayak A, Irfanoglu MO, Botteron KN, McCracken J, McKinstry RC, Rivkin MJ, Wang DJ, Rumsey J, Pierpaoli C. The diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) component of the NIH MRI study of normal brain development (PedsDTI). Neuroimage. 2016 Jan 1; 124(Pt B):1125-30.
  14. Guerriero RM, Rivkin MJ. Reversible vasoconstriction syndrome involving the basilar artery in an adolescent: imaging and clinical features. Pediatr Neurol. 2015 Jun; 52(6):635-7.
  15. Panigrahy A, Schmithorst VJ, Wisnowski JL, Watson CG, Bellinger DC, Newburger JW, Rivkin MJ. Relationship of white matter network topology and cognitive outcome in adolescents with d-transposition of the great arteries. Neuroimage Clin. 2015; 7:438-48.
  16. Rivkin MJ, deVeber G, Ichord RN, Kirton A, Chan AK, Hovinga CA, Gill JC, Szabo A, Hill MD, Scholz K, Amlie-Lefond C. Thrombolysis in pediatric stroke study. Stroke. 2015 Mar; 46(3):880-5.
  17. 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.
  18. Lehman LL, Rivkin MJ. Perinatal arterial ischemic stroke: presentation, risk factors, evaluation, and outcome. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Dec; 51(6):760-8.
  19. DeMaso DR, Labella M, Taylor GA, Forbes PW, Stopp C, Bellinger DC, Rivkin MJ, Wypij D, Newburger JW. Psychiatric disorders and function in adolescents with d-transposition of the great arteries. J Pediatr. 2014 Oct; 165(4):760-6.
  20. Bernard TJ, Rivkin MJ, Scholz K, deVeber G, Kirton A, Gill JC, Chan AK, Hovinga CA, Ichord RN, Grotta JC, Jordan LC, Benedict S, Friedman NR, Dowling MM, Elbers J, Torres M, Sultan S, Cummings DD, Grabowski EF, McMillan HJ, Beslow LA, Amlie-Lefond C. Emergence of the primary pediatric stroke center: impact of the thrombolysis in pediatric stroke trial. Stroke. 2014 Jul; 45(7):2018-23.
  21. Bellinger DC, Rivkin MJ, DeMaso D, Robertson RL, Stopp C, Dunbar-Masterson C, Wypij D, Newburger JW. Adolescents with tetralogy of Fallot: neuropsychological assessment and structural brain imaging. Cardiol Young. 2015 Feb; 25(2):338-47.
  22. Rivkin MJ, Watson CG, Scoppettuolo LA, Wypij D, Vajapeyam S, Bellinger DC, DeMaso DR, Robertson RL, Newburger JW. Adolescents with D-transposition of the great arteries repaired in early infancy demonstrate reduced white matter microstructure associated with clinical risk factors. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Sep; 146(3):543-9.e1.
  23. Greenwell EA, Wyshak G, Ringer SA, Johnson LC, Rivkin MJ, Lieberman E. Intrapartum temperature elevation, epidural use, and adverse outcome in term infants. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb; 129(2):e447-54.
  24. Kirton A, Armstrong-Wells J, Chang T, Deveber G, Rivkin MJ, Hernandez M, Carpenter J, Yager JY, Lynch JK, Ferriero DM. Symptomatic neonatal arterial ischemic stroke: the International Pediatric Stroke Study. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec; 128(6):e1402-10.
  25. Bellinger DC, Wypij D, Rivkin MJ, DeMaso DR, Robertson RL, Dunbar-Masterson C, Rappaport LA, Wernovsky G, Jonas RA, Newburger JW. Adolescents with d-transposition of the great arteries corrected with the arterial switch procedure: neuropsychological assessment and structural brain imaging. Circulation. 2011 Sep 20; 124(12):1361-9.
  26. Maski KP, Sengupta S, Silvera M, Rivkin MJ. Intracranial artery dissection in an adolescent with Marfan syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Jul; 45(1):39-41.
  27. Rosman NP, Tarquinio DC, Datseris M, Hou W, Mannheim GB, Emigh CE, Rivkin MJ. Postnatal-onset microcephaly: pathogenesis, patterns of growth, and prediction of outcome. Pediatrics. 2011 Apr; 127(4):665-71.
  28. Maril A, Davis PE, Koo JJ, Reggev N, Zuckerman M, Ehrenfeld L, Mulkern RV, Waber DP, Rivkin MJ. Developmental fMRI study of episodic verbal memory encoding in children. Neurology. 2010 Dec 7; 75(23):2110-6.
  29. Lipton J, Rivkin MJ. 16p11.2-related paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia and dopa-responsive parkinsonism in a child. Neurology. 2009 Aug 11; 73(6):479-80.
  30. Leppert IR, Almli CR, McKinstry RC, Mulkern RV, Pierpaoli C, Rivkin MJ, Pike GB. T(2) relaxometry of normal pediatric brain development. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Feb; 29(2):258-67.
  31. Rivkin MJ, Davis PE, Lemaster JL, Cabral HJ, Warfield SK, Mulkern RV, Robson CD, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. Volumetric MRI study of brain in children with intrauterine exposure to cocaine, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):741-50.
  32. Liu AK, Marcus KJ, Fischl B, Grant PE, Poussaint TY, Rivkin MJ, Davis P, Tarbell NJ, Yock TI. Changes in cerebral cortex of children treated for medulloblastoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007 Jul 15; 68(4):992-8.
  33. Almli CR, Rivkin MJ, McKinstry RC. The NIH MRI study of normal brain development (Objective-2): newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Neuroimage. 2007 Mar; 35(1):308-25.
  34. Mewes AU, Hüppi PS, Als H, Rybicki FJ, Inder TE, McAnulty GB, Mulkern RV, Robertson RL, Rivkin MJ, Warfield SK. Regional brain development in serial magnetic resonance imaging of low-risk preterm infants. Pediatrics. 2006 Jul; 118(1):23-33.
  35. Mulkern RV, Davis PE, Haker SJ, Estepar RS, Panych LP, Maier SE, Rivkin MJ. Complementary aspects of diffusion imaging and fMRI; I: structure and function. Magn Reson Imaging. 2006 May; 24(4):463-74.
  36. Anselm IA, Anselm IM, Alkuraya FS, Salomons GS, Jakobs C, Fulton AB, Mazumdar M, Rivkin M, Frye R, Poussaint TY, Marsden D. X-linked creatine transporter defect: a report on two unrelated boys with a severe clinical phenotype. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2006 Feb; 29(1):214-9.
  37. Waber DP, Pomeroy SL, Chiverton AM, Kieran MW, Scott RM, Goumnerova LC, Rivkin MJ. Everyday cognitive function after craniopharyngioma in childhood. Pediatr Neurol. 2006 Jan; 34(1):13-9.
  38. Rivkin MJ, Wolraich D, Als H, McAnulty G, Butler S, Conneman N, Fischer C, Vajapeyam S, Robertson RL, Mulkern RV. Prolonged T*2 values in newborn versus adult brain: Implications for fMRI studies of newborns. Magn Reson Med. 2004 Jun; 51(6):1287-91.
  39. Als H, Duffy FH, McAnulty GB, Rivkin MJ, Vajapeyam S, Mulkern RV, Warfield SK, Huppi PS, Butler SC, Conneman N, Fischer C, Eichenwald EC. Early experience alters brain function and structure. Pediatrics. 2004 Apr; 113(4):846-57.
  40. Kleta R, Aughton DJ, Rivkin MJ, Huizing M, Strovel E, Anikster Y, Orvisky E, Natowicz M, Krasnewich D, Gahl WA. Biochemical and molecular analyses of infantile free sialic acid storage disease in North American children. Am J Med Genet A. 2003 Jul 1; 120A(1):28-33.
  41. Rivkin MJ. Opening the window into brain development in children more widely with magnetic resonance imaging. Pediatrics. 2003 Jun; 111(6 Pt 1):1432-3.
  42. Rivkin MJ, Vajapeyam S, Hutton C, Weiler ML, Hall EK, Wolraich DA, Yoo SS, Mulkern RV, Forbes PW, Wolff PH, Waber DP. A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of paced finger tapping in children. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Feb; 28(2):89-95.
  43. Ment LR, Bada HS, Barnes P, Grant PE, Hirtz D, Papile LA, Pinto-Martin J, Rivkin M, Slovis TL. Practice parameter: neuroimaging of the neonate: report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Neurology. 2002 Jun 25; 58(12):1726-38.
  44. Mulkern RV, Vajapeyam S, Robertson RL, Caruso PA, Rivkin MJ, Maier SE. Biexponential apparent diffusion coefficient parametrization in adult vs newborn brain. Magn Reson Imaging. 2001 Jun; 19(5):659-68.
  45. Nankova BB, Rivkin M, Kelz M, Nestler EJ, Sabban EL. Fos-related antigen 2: potential mediator of the transcriptional activation in rat adrenal medulla evoked by repeated immobilization stress. J Neurosci. 2000 Aug 1; 20(15):5647-53.
  46. Rivkin MJ. Developmental neuroimaging of children using magnetic resonance techniques. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2000; 6(1):68-80.
  47. Robertson RL, Ben-Sira L, Barnes PD, Mulkern RV, Robson CD, Maier SE, Rivkin MJ, du Plessis A. MR line-scan diffusion-weighted imaging of term neonates with perinatal brain ischemia. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1999 Oct; 20(9):1658-70.
  48. Perez-Atayde AR, Fox V, Teitelbaum JE, Anthony DA, Fadic R, Kalsner L, Rivkin M, Johns DR, Cox GF. Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy: diagnosis by rectal biopsy. Am J Surg Pathol. 1998 Sep; 22(9):1141-7.
  49. Rivkin MJ. Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in the term newborn. Neuropathology, clinical aspects, and neuroimaging. Clin Perinatol. 1997 Sep; 24(3):607-25.
  50. Serova L, Nankova B, Rivkin M, Kvetnansky R, Sabban EL. Glucocorticoids elevate GTP cyclohydrolase I mRNA levels in vivo and in PC12 cells. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1997 Sep; 48(2):251-8.
  51. Rivkin MJ, Volpe JJ. Strokes in children. Pediatr Rev. 1996 Aug; 17(8):265-78.
  52. Fero ML, Rivkin M, Tasch M, Porter P, Carow CE, Firpo E, Polyak K, Tsai LH, Broudy V, Perlmutter RM, Kaushansky K, Roberts JM. A syndrome of multiorgan hyperplasia with features of gigantism, tumorigenesis, and female sterility in p27(Kip1)-deficient mice. Cell. 1996 May 31; 85(5):733-44.
  53. Rivkin MJ, Flax J, Mozell R, Osathanondh R, Volpe JJ, Villa-Komaroff L. Oligodendroglial development in human fetal cerebrum. Ann Neurol. 1995 Jul; 38(1):92-101.
  54. Rivkin M, Rosen KM, Villa-Komaroff L. Identification of an antisense transcript from the IGF-II locus in mouse. Mol Reprod Dev. 1993 Aug; 35(4):394-7.
  55. Rivkin MJ, Volpe JJ. Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in the newborn. Semin Neurol. 1993 Mar; 13(1):30-9.
  56. Rivkin MJ, Ye Z, Mannheim GB, Darras BT. A search for X-chromosome uniparental disomy and DNA rearrangements in the Rett syndrome. Brain Dev. 1992 Jul; 14(4):273-5.
  57. Rivkin MJ, Anderson ML, Kaye EM. Neonatal idiopathic cerebral venous thrombosis: an unrecognized cause of transient seizures or lethargy. Ann Neurol. 1992 Jul; 32(1):51-6.
  58. Rivkin MJ, Hedges TR, Logigian EL. Carotid dissection presenting as posterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Neurology. 1990 Sep; 40(9):1469.
  59. Rivkin M, Gilmore HE. Generalized seizures in an infant due to environmentally acquired cocaine. Pediatrics. 1989 Dec; 84(6):1100-2.
  60. Rivkin MJ, Aronoff SC. Pulmonary infections in the immunocompromised child. Adv Pediatr Infect Dis. 1987; 2:161-80.
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