I believe that every child and family deserves to be in the center of a medical team that attends to the assessment and treatment of medical conditions, but also to maximizing the child’s quality of life and functioning at home, school, and within the community.



Undergraduate Degree

  • Skidmore College , Saratoga Springs , NY

Graduate Degree

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education , 2006 , Cambridge , MA

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School , 2007 , Boston , MA


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2009 , Boston , MA


Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I believe that every child and family deserves to be in the center of a medical team that attends to the assessment and treatment of medical conditions, but also to maximizing the child’s quality of life and functioning at home, school, and within the community.  My older sister has Down syndrome, and I have had lifelong experiences with individuals with developmental disabilities.  With interest and training in both medicine and education, I found a perfect professional home in the newly developed field of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.  This training provided a foundation in general pediatrics and child neurology, with special focus and experiences in developmental behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Outside of work, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Massachusetts Special Education Advisory Council, and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Scientific Advisory Committee.


Dr. Baumer is a board certified child neurologist and pediatrician, specializing in the care of children with complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. She graduated from Skidmore College and Harvard Medical School.  She also obtained a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on Special Education and educational research.   Dr. Baumer sees patients in the Neurology Department and in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She specializes in the treatment of individuals with Down syndrome, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and neurobehavioral disorders. In addition to clinical care, she is working to develop a robust research program within the Down Syndrome Program to study potential therapeutics that may positively impact learning, memory, and behavior for children with Down syndrome. Her main research focus involves characterization of medical, developmental, and behavioral profiles of children with Down syndrome, and exploring educational strategies and behavioral and medical interventions for individuals with Down syndrome.


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities


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  1. Parent Attitudes Toward Enhancing Cognition and Clinical Research Trials in Down Syndrome: A Mixed Methods Study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jun-Jul 01; 42(5):380-388. View abstract
  2. Opportunities, barriers, and recommendations in down syndrome research. Transl Sci Rare Dis. 2021; 5(3-4):99-129. View abstract
  3. Medical vulnerability of individuals with Down syndrome to severe COVID-19-data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society and the UK ISARIC4C survey. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Mar; 33:100769. View abstract
  4. Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Report for Outcome Monitoring: A Preliminary Report of Development and Clinical Utility. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Dec 22; Publish Ahead of Print. View abstract
  5. An international survey on the impact of COVID-19 in individuals with Down syndrome. medRxiv. 2020 Nov 05. View abstract
  6. Structural magnetic resonance imaging demonstrates abnormal cortical thickness in Down syndrome: Newborns to young adults. Neuroimage Clin. 2019; 23:101874. View abstract
  7. Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Brain Morphology Study in Infants and Toddlers With Down Syndrome: The Effect of Comorbidities. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 11; 100:67-73. View abstract
  8. Brain MRI abnormalities in patients with infantile spasms and Down syndrome. Epilepsy Behav. 2019 03; 92:57-60. View abstract
  9. Evaluation and Management of the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2018 02; 24(1, Child Neurology):248-275. View abstract
  10. Pharmacological interventions to improve cognition and adaptive functioning in Down syndrome: Strides to date. . 2017 Nov; 173(11):3029-3041. View abstract
  11. Thyroid dysfunction in patients with Down syndrome: Results from a multi-institutional registry study. . 2017 Jun; 173(6):1539-1545. View abstract
  12. Detecting celiac disease in patients with Down syndrome. . 2016 12; 170(12):3098-3105. View abstract
  13. National down syndrome patient database: Insights from the development of a multi-center registry study. . 2015 Nov; 167A(11):2520-6. View abstract
  14. Supporting a happy, healthy adolescence for young people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities: recommendations for clinicians. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2014 Aug; 26(4):428-34. View abstract
  15. Professional boundaries: the perspective of the third year medical student in negotiating three boundary challenges. Teach Learn Med. 2008 Oct-Dec; 20(4):334-9. View abstract
  16. Analysis of the genetic interactions between Cyclin A1, Atm and p53 during spermatogenesis. Asian J Androl. 2007 Nov; 9(6):739-50. View abstract