Epilepsy Genetics Program | Programs and Services

The Boston Children's Hospital Epilepsy Genetics Program sees a wide range of patients, including:

  • Children and families with known or suspected genetic epilepsy syndromes
  • Children with genetic variants of uncertain significance that require parental testing and/or genetic counseling
  • Parents or family members of children with genetic test results of unknown significance
  • Children with certain genetic variants that require further evaluation

Program Director, Ann Poduri, MD, MPH, and attending physicians, Heather Olson, MD and Christelle Moufawad El Achkar, MD, perform pediatric epilepsy genetic consultations, while our licensed genetic counselors, Beth Rosen Sheidley, MS, CGC, Lacey Smith, MS, CGC, and Alan Taylor, MS, CGC, take detailed, syndrome-specific family histories and provide genetic counseling.

Consultations last from 1-2 hours and will include the following:

  • Review of your child’s previous medical records
  • Review of your child’s medical and treatment history
  • Review of your child’s family history
  • Discussion of potential treatments for epilepsy
  • Genetic counseling, including discussion of inheritance of epilepsy, implications for other family members, and the potential benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Discussion of emotional aspects of caring for a child with special needs and/or sources of information and support
  • Discussion of potential enrollment into research studies if applicable

If you have any questions about scheduling an appointment in the Epilepsy Genetics Program clinic, please call our Program Coordinator Tsega Meshesha at 617-919-6917.