David Urion MD

David K. Urion, M.D., FAAN

Associate in Neurology; Charles F. Barlow Chair in Neurology; Director of Education and Residency Training Programs in Clinical Neurology and Clinical Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Director, Behavioral Neurology Clinics and Programs; Co-Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-2711
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Medical Services


  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Autism


  • Neurology


  • English
  • Spanish
  • French


  • Center for Airway Disorders (CAD)
  • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
  • Learning Disabilities Program
  • Autism Spectrum Center
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David Urion MD


Dr. Urion serves as an expert for the Department of Neurology for BCH's Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit www.precisionmedicine.childrenshospital.org.

Experience and Education


Medical School

Stanford University School of Medicine, 1980

Stanford, CA


Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1981

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital, 1985

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital, 1986

Boston, MA


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology


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  1. Burgart AM, Magnus D, Tabor HK, Paquette ED, Frader J, Glover JJ, Jackson BM, Harrison CH, Urion DK, Graham RJ, Brandsema JF, Feudtner C. Ethical Challenges Confronted When Providing Nusinersen Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Feb 01; 172(2):188-192.
  2. Bernson-Leung ME, Urion DK. The Child Neurology Trainee-as-Teacher: A Clinical Teaching Curriculum Tailored to Learners' Needs and Developmental Roles. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Jan; 78:41-45.
  3. Walker RD, Irace AL, Kenna MA, Urion DK, Rahbar R. Neurologic Evaluation in Children With Laryngeal Cleft. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jul 01; 143(7):651-655.
  4. Dy ME, Waugh JL, Sharma N, O'Leary H, Kapur K, D'Gama AM, Sahin M, Urion DK, Kaufmann WE. Defining Hand Stereotypies in Rett Syndrome: A Movement Disorders Perspective. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Oct; 75:91-95.
  5. Zwemer E, Bernson-Leung M, Rea C, Patel AA, Guerriero R, Urion DK, Toomey SL. Education on the Brain: A Partnership Between a Pediatric Primary Care Center and Neurology Residency. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jan; 57(1):46-51.
  6. Adil E, Al Shemari H, Kacprowicz A, Perez J, Larson K, Hernandez K, Kawai K, Cowenhoven J, Urion D, Rahbar R. Evaluation and Management of Chronic Aspiration in Children With Normal Upper Airway Anatomy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Nov; 141(11):1006-11.
  7. Brownstein CA, Beggs AH, Rodan L, Shi J, Towne MC, Pelletier R, Cao S, Rosenberg PA, Urion DK, Picker J, Tan WH, Agrawal PB. Clinical heterogeneity associated with KCNA1 mutations include cataplexy and nonataxic presentations. Neurogenetics. 2016 Jan; 17(1):11-6.
  8. Urion DK, Huff HV, Carullo MP. MRI in assessing children with learning disability, focal findings, and reduced automaticity. Neurology. 2015 Aug 18; 85(7):604-9.
  9. Guerriero RM, Pier DB, de Gusmão CM, Bernson-Leung ME, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Increased pediatric functional neurological symptom disorders after the Boston marathon bombings: a case series. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Nov; 51(5):619-23.
  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. de Gusmao CM, Maski KP, Urion DK. Clinical reasoning: a 14-year-boy with spells of somnolence and cognitive changes. Neurology. 2014 Apr 22; 82(16):e142-6.
  13. de Gusmão CM, Guerriero RM, Bernson-Leung ME, Pier D, Ibeziako PI, Bujoreanu S, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Functional neurological symptom disorders in a pediatric emergency room: diagnostic accuracy, features, and outcome. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Aug; 51(2):233-8.
  14. Maski KP, Loddenkemper T, An S, Allred EN, Urion DK, Leviton A. Development and implementation of a quality improvement curriculum for child neurology residents: lessons learned. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 May; 50(5):452-7.
  15. Guilhoto LM, Loddenkemper T, Gooty VD, Rotenberg A, Takeoka M, Duffy FH, Coulter D, Urion D, Bourgeois BF, Kothare SV. Experience with lacosamide in a series of children with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Jun; 44(6):414-9.
  16. Yu HE, Hawash K, Picker J, Stoler J, Urion D, Wu BL, Shen Y. A recurrent 1.71 Mb genomic imbalance at 2q13 increases the risk of developmental delay and dysmorphism. Clin Genet. 2012 Mar; 81(3):257-64.
  17. 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.
  18. Jeste SS, Friedman SL, Urion DK. Child neurology: autism as a model: considerations for advanced training in behavioral child neurology. Neurology. 2009 Sep 01; 73(9):733-5.
  19. Raju GP, Li HC, Bali DS, Chen YT, Urion DK, Lidov HG, Kang PB. A case of congenital glycogen storage disease type IV with a novel GBE1 mutation. J Child Neurol. 2008 Mar; 23(3):349-52.
  20. Gorman MP, Golomb MR, Walsh LE, Hobson GM, Garbern JY, Kinkel RP, Darras BT, Urion DK, Eksioglu YZ. Steroid-responsive neurologic relapses in a child with a proteolipid protein-1 mutation. Neurology. 2007 Apr 17; 68(16):1305-7.
  21. Raju GP, Urion DK, Sahin M. Neonatal subependymal giant cell astrocytoma: new case and review of literature. Pediatr Neurol. 2007 Feb; 36(2):128-31.
  22. Khwaja OS, Robson CD, McManus ML, Urion DK. Basilar meningitis associated with ethmoid and sphenoid cephaloceles. Pediatr Neurol. 2005 Jul; 33(1):57-60.
  23. Ullrich NJ, Urion DK. Transient global amnesia in a young adult with cyanotic heart disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Oct; 29(4):334-6.
  24. Weiler MD, Bellinger DK, Simmons EK, Rappaport LK, Urion DK, Mitchell WJ, Bassett NJ, Burke PJ, Marmor J, Waber D. Reliability and validity of a DSM-IV based ADHD screener. Child Neuropsychol. 2000 Mar; 6(1):3-23.
  25. Chapman CA, Waber DP, Bassett N, Urion DK, Korf BR. Neurobehavioral profiles of children with neurofibromatosis 1 referred for learning disabilities are sex-specific. Am J Med Genet. 1996 Apr 09; 67(2):127-32.
  26. Liu GT, Urion DK, Volpe JJ. Cerebral edema in acute hepatic failure: clinicopathologic correlation. Pediatr Neurol. 1993 May-Jun; 9(3):224-6.
  27. O'Tuama LA, Urion DK, Janicek MJ, Treves ST, Bjornson B, Moriarty JM. Regional cerebral perfusion in Landau-Kleffner syndrome and related childhood aphasias. J Nucl Med. 1992 Oct; 33(10):1758-65.
  28. Milrod LM, Urion DK. Juvenile fire setting and the photoparoxysmal response. Ann Neurol. 1992 Aug; 32(2):222-3.
  29. Liu GT, Urion DK. Pre-eruptive varicella encephalitis and cerebellar ataxia. Pediatr Neurol. 1992 Jan-Feb; 8(1):69-70.
  30. Waber DP, Urion DK, Tarbell NJ, Niemeyer C, Gelber R, Sallan SE. Late effects of central nervous system treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in childhood are sex-dependent. Dev Med Child Neurol. 1990 Mar; 32(3):238-48.
  31. Waber DP, Gioia G, Paccia J, Sherman B, Dinklage D, Sollee N, Urion DK, Tarbell NJ, Sallan SE. Sex differences in cognitive processing in children treated with CNS prophylaxis for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Pediatr Psychol. 1990 Feb; 15(1):105-22.
  32. Urion DK. Nondextrality and autoimmune disorders among relatives of language-disabled boys. Ann Neurol. 1988 Aug; 24(2):267-9.
  33. Rappaport L, Urion D, Strand K, Fulton AB. Concurrence of congenital ocular motor apraxia and other motor problems: an expanded syndrome. Dev Med Child Neurol. 1987 Feb; 29(1):85-90.
  34. Kuban KC, Skouteli HN, Urion DK, Lawhon GA. Deep tendon reflexes in premature infants. Pediatr Neurol. 1986 Sep-Oct; 2(5):266-71.
  35. Cutler RW, Young JN, Urion DK. Factors influencing the vitreous potassium concentration in the rat. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1983 May; 24(5):631-6.
  36. Urion D, Vreman HJ, Weiner MW. Effect of acetate on hypoglycemic seizures in mice. Diabetes. 1979 Nov; 28(11):1022-6.
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