Dr. LaRovere’s pursuit of a career in the field of pediatric neurocritical care led to residencies and fellowships in the fields of pediatrics, pediatric neurology, adult vascular/critical care neurology and pediatric critical care medicine. She also has specific training and expertise in a cranial ultrasound technique known as transcranial doppler ultrasonography. Her clinical and research interests are in severe traumatic brain injury and the various applications of transcranial doppler ultrasonography in children with neurological disorders in the ICU setting.

Dr. LaRovere’s contributions to the field of neurocritical care include a description of the first pediatric neurocritical care consult service at Boston Children’s Hospital and the use of portable head CT imaging in the intensive care units at Boston Children’s Hospital. She served as site PI for the “PANGEA” study (Prevalence of Acute critical Neurological disease in children: a Global Epidemiological Assessment), which is an international multi-center point prevalence study to describe the epidemiology and gross outcomes of acute critical neurological disease in critically-ill children. She is currently the site PI for a study that examines cerebral blood flow in children using transcranial Doppler ultrasound who are receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She is also a site PI for the “ADAPT” trial (Approaches and Decisions for Acute Pediatric TBI), which is a multi-center, international study to determine optimal management strategies for children with severe traumatic brain injury.


Dr. LaRovere is the Director of the Neuroscience Intermediate Care Program, which is an intermediate care service for children with acute neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

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Researcher Areas

  • Critical Care Neuro

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  1. Press CA, Kirschen M, LaRovere K, Risen S, Guilliams KP, Chung M, Griffith J, Erklauer J, Peariso K, Ducharme-Crevier L, Shah SS, Hall M, Wainwright MS. Variation in Treatment and Outcomes of Children With Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Feb; 10(2):159-165. View abstract
  2. LaRovere KL, Tasker RC, Wainwright M, Reuter-Rice K, Appavu B, Miles D, Lidsky K, Vittner P, Gundersen D, O'Brien NF. Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound During Critical Illness in Children: Survey of Practices in Pediatric Neurocritical Care Centers. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 01; 21(1):67-74. View abstract
  3. Postels DG, Soldatos A, LaRovere KL. Outcomes measures in children after acute central nervous system infections and malaria. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 12; 31(6):756-762. View abstract
  4. LaRovere K, Tasker RC. Muscle Weakness After Sepsis in the Critically Ill: Identifiable and Functionally Remediable? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019 09; 20(9):888-889. View abstract
  5. Fanelli A, Vonberg FW, LaRovere KL, Walsh BK, Smith ER, Robinson S, Tasker RC, Heldt T. Fully automated, real-time, calibration-free, continuous noninvasive estimation of intracranial pressure in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Aug 23; 1-11. View abstract
  6. Postels DG, Soldatos A, LaRovere KL. Outcomes measures in children after acute central nervous system infections and malaria. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 Aug 12. View abstract
  7. Imaduddin SM, LaRovere KL, Kussman BD, Heldt T. A Time-Frequency Approach for Cerebral Embolic Load Monitoring. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2020 Apr; 67(4):1007-1018. View abstract
  8. LaRovere KL, Tasker RC. Diagnosis of Concussion in the Hospital. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2019 07; 30:54-59. View abstract
  9. O'Brien NF, Buttram SDW, Maa T, Lovett ME, Reuter-Rice K, LaRovere KL. Cerebrovascular Physiology During Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Multicenter Study Using Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019 02; 20(2):178-186. View abstract
  10. LaRovere KL, Murphy SA, Tasker RC. The authors reply. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019 01; 20(1):98. View abstract
  11. LaRovere KL, Murphy SA, Horak R, Vittner P, Kapur K, Proctor M, Tasker RC. Pediatric Neurocritical Care: Evolution of a New Clinical Service in PICUs Across the United States. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 11; 19(11):1039-1045. View abstract
  12. Angelidou A, Michael Z, Hotz A, Friedman K, Emani S, LaRovere K, Christou H. Is There More to Zika? Complex Cardiac Disease in a Case of Congenital Zika Syndrome. Neonatology. 2018; 113(2):177-182. View abstract
  13. LaRovere KL, Vonberg FW, Prabhu SP, Kapur K, Harini C, Garcia-Jacques R, Chao JH, Akhondi-Asl A, Thiagarajan R, Tasker RC. Patterns of Head Computed Tomography Abnormalities During Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Association With Outcomes. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Aug; 73:64-70. View abstract
  14. LaRovere KL, Kapur K, McElhinney DB, Razumovsky A, Kussman BD. Cerebral High-Intensity Transient Signals during Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization: A Pilot Study Using Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography. J Neuroimaging. 2017 07; 27(4):381-387. View abstract
  15. LaRovere KL, O'Brien NF, Tasker RC. Current Opinion and Use of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography in Traumatic Brain Injury in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. J Neurotrauma. 2016 12 01; 33(23):2105-2114. View abstract
  16. LaRovere KL, O'Brien NF. Reply. J Ultrasound Med. 2016 Mar; 35(3):672-3. View abstract
  17. LaRovere KL. Transcranial Doppler ultrasound in children with stroke and cerebrovascular disorders. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Dec; 27(6):712-8. View abstract
  18. LaRovere KL, O'Brien NF. Transcranial Doppler Sonography in Pediatric Neurocritical Care: A Review of Clinical Applications and Case Illustrations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Dec; 34(12):2121-32. View abstract
  19. Bell MJ, Adelson PD, Hutchison JS, Kochanek PM, Tasker RC, Vavilala MS, Beers SR, Fabio A, Kelsey SF, Wisniewski SR. Differences in medical therapy goals for children with severe traumatic brain injury-an international study. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Oct; 14(8):811-8. View abstract
  20. LaRovere KL, Graham RJ, Tasker RC. Pediatric neurocritical care: a neurology consultation model and implication for education and training. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Mar; 48(3):206-11. View abstract
  21. LaRovere KL, Brett MS, Tasker RC, Strauss KJ, Burns JP. Head computed tomography scanning during pediatric neurocritical care: diagnostic yield and the utility of portable studies. Neurocrit Care. 2012 Apr; 16(2):251-7. View abstract
  22. LaRovere KL, Riviello JJ. Emerging subspecialties in neurology: building a career and a field: pediatric neurocritical care. Neurology. 2008 May 27; 70(22):e89-91. View abstract
  23. LaRovere KL, Raju GP, Gorman MP. Postvaricella acute transverse myelitis in a previously vaccinated child. Pediatr Neurol. 2008 May; 38(5):370-2. View abstract