|Class of 2017|
Grace Kim, MD
Johns Hopkins University,
School of Medicine
Albert Misko, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
School of Medicine
|Class of 2018|
Amy Armstrong-Javors, MD
University of Connecticut
School of Medicine
Lila Worden, MD
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
|Class of 2019|
Jacquelyn Gold, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Anna Larson, MD
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
I grew up in Avon, CT, and knew at an early age I wanted to be a doctor. It wasn't until my neuroscience class at Amherst College that I discovered my fascination/obsession with the brain. At Amherst, I played soccer and rugby, majored in psychology, and enjoyed the delicious food in the Pioneer Valley! After college, I moved to Boston to work in a neurology lab studying cerebral palsy. It was then that I also started participating in triathlons and volunteering at a group home for kids. During medical school, I solidified by love of neurology and discovered by love for pediatrics. The children I worked with in the neurology clinic were so resilient and spirited. The breadth of child neurology also peaked my interest, as I spent afternoons in clinic treating children with anything from migraines to epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and Tourette syndrome; it is such a diverse field. Despite the rigors of residency, I hope to continue my hobbies of playing sports (especially soccer), traveling, and drawing/photography. And, I cannot wait to begin my neurology training!
I grew up in a quirky mix of Israel, Texas, and New York. The brain fascinated me from an early age, and in college at MIT I was exposed to the full spectrum of brain sciences, from cognitive to molecular. One of the highlights was doing cognitive research with (and cleaning the cage of) the famous African grey parrot, Alex. During college I took three years off to serve in the Israeli army's Intelligence division. When I returned to MIT I worked with Drs. Robert Brown and Robert Langer to develop a nanoparticle drug delivery technology with the goal of shepherding drugs across the blood-brain barrier to degenerating neurons in ALS patients.
During medical school I became fascinated by genetics and brain development, and was fortunate to spend my PhD years in the lab of Christopher Walsh at Boston Children's Hospital developing neurogenomics technologies that we used to find the causes of rare neurologic diseases.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing piano and guitar, admiring modern art, and occasionally, when the weather permits, an impromptu game of frisbee golf.
My name is Jackie and I grew up in South Florida. I moved to Boston for undergrad at MIT, where I studied neuroscience, competed with the MIT ballroom dance team, and traveled to Peru and Uganda to develop low-tech solutions for things like water purification and TB testing. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco to do neurology research at UCSF, and then returned to the east coast for medical school at Albert Einstein in the Bronx. When I'm not in the hospital, I love dancing, cooking, and exploring new neighborhoods abroad and locally. I'm really excited to return to Boston and to be part of the of the MGH family!
I was born in Dallas and attended college and medical school at The Johns Hopkins University majoring in neuroscience. Research provides the opportunity to explore what is not yet knows, so I took a year devoted to basic science research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institution-NIH (the Cloister) Research Scholar. As a pediatric neurologist, I plan to care for my patients and pursue research to advance the practice of medicine but I also want to be there emotionally for patients and their families to help them to live their lives.
Outside of work I enjoy singing, playing the violin and playing tennis.
I was born in Bozeman, Montana, but I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. The county in which I lived had over a thousand lakes, so I spent a great deal of my childhood jumping from giant tractor-tire inner tubes into mostly frigid waters. I completed my undergraduate studies at Carleton College, where I majored in chemistry and worked in a bioorganic lab focusing on antitrypanosomal drug development. I then worked as a caregiver for a young adult with Angelman syndrome in St. Paul, MN before beginning medical school at the University of Minnesota. My work as a caregiver got me interested in pediatric epilepsy care and neurogenetics and ultimately motivated me to complete just under two years of clinical research at MGH with the Pediatric Epilepsy Program and the Herscot Center for TSC. It was through this experience that I found my passion for child neurology. In my future practice, I aim to provide patient-centered care, to advocate for children and their families, and to make a contribution to the field through translational epilepsy research. These days, outside of work, I enjoy exploring new cities (urban hiking), meeting friends and family for leisurely brunches, and deepening my lifelong commitment to finding the best coffee. I also play the cello and enjoy the opera and symphony.
Although I was born in Brooklyn, NY, I spent most of my childhood in Stratford, CT. I went to college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where I majored in Biology and Neuroscience. New England winters didn't keep me from moving further north to Boston after graduation, though, and I worked with Dr. Dara Manoach at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a research assistant in a lab investigating executive functioning deficits in schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome. Two years later I entered the M.D./Ph.D. program at Boston University School of Medicine and worked with Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg in the Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. For my disseration I examined language abilities and their relationship to brain structure in children with autism spectrum disorder and their unaffected siblings.
During medical school I was also actively involved in teaching and taught neuroanatomy in the Medical Neuroscience course to first-year medical students. I live with my husband, Matt, who works in finance and is a Boston area native. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including softball and hiking, and much to my family's chagrin, we're both avid Boston sports fans. I also enjoy karaoke and would never pass up the opportunity to sing a pop ballad or a Broadway tune, but Matt has yet to fully appreciate this talent. I've been in Boston for many years now and can't imagine being in any other city.
I was born in Edison, NJ and went to college at the University of Florida, Gainesville followed by medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. I was certain of my path into medicine at a young age; my paternal grandfather was a general surgeon who I admired and wished to emulate. During my senior year in college I realized that a career as a physician scientist would be the perfect marriage of my interests. I'm drawn to pediatric neurology because I see it as one of the great frontiers of medicine and a field where transitional research can flourish. Pediatric neurology is still in its infancy and on the edge of discovery and advancement. It offers the perfect balance of research development and patient care to a population in which I feel deeply invested.
In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, guitar and Muay Thai kickboxing.
Having come from Chicago originally, I like Boston though I do miss the grid layout. After growing up in Chicago's southwest Clearing neighborhood I attended college on the north side of the city where I studied history and chemistry, specifically cell-free hemoglobin and blood substitution candidates. I went on to an MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, some 160 miles south of the city, and briefly studied Alzheimer disease before switching labs and studying actin disassembly with the help of an NRSA research grant from the NIH. During medical school my interest in neurology strengthened and my commitment to research deepened until I found myself fascinated with Child Neurology.
I am particularly interested in understanding pediatric brain function and dysfunction, as well as the physiological response to that dysfunction as it is so different in pediatric patients versus adults. Specifically, I wish to understand the underlying mechanisms by which neural circuits are formed and maintained, or by which they fail to do so, and the mechanisms underlying the increased recoverability of pediatric brain parenchyma versus adult. Over time I hope to elucidate why neurons degenerate and neural circuits fail under some circumstances but maintain or re-establish function under others. To this end I hope to understand the pathogenesis of epilepsy at the neuronal level, and how certain therapies such as the ketogenic diet and therapeutic hypothermia may influence these processes.
Outside of the hospital I am always looking for opportunities to play hockey or hurling and love to watch my beloved Blackhawks and County Clare play each, respectively. More often than either sport I can be found unabashedly playing princesses with my daughter, happy when she invites Darth Vader to her tea parties ("nice Darth Vader – from the end of the movie").
I am a native of Tidewater, Virginia lately in Boston via Durham and NYC. I studied X-ray crystallography with Larry Shapiro at Columbia where I determined the crystal structures of portions of the ectodomain of Drosophila neuronal (N)-cadherin and applied structural and bioinformatic analysis to better understand the mechanism by which that molecule mediates intercellular adhesion in neurons. I am interested in the intersection of molecular and atomic level biochemistry and neuroscience, particularly as it relates to disease processes affecting the developing nervous system, disorders most commonly observed in children. I find one such disease subset--mitochondrial disorders--particularly interesting.
Since relocating to Boston I have enjoyed walking my dog in Beacon Hill, attempting to learn how to sail, buying "under 40" tickets to the Boston symphony, and traveling with my husband whenever we get the chance.
My interest in all things brain-related began at UConn for college where I majored in Psychology and got involved in Neuropsychopharmacology research on brain reward pathways. After college, I moved to Maryland where I spent an additional 2 years working at the NIH in a totally different field of Neuroscience (neuronal stem cell development). I stayed in Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School, and while Neurology was always in the forefront of my mind, my experience there clinched. I discovered there that kids are way more fun than adults, and got exposed to clinical research in epilepsy, which I hope to purse even further. Outside of medicine, my pasttimes include board games, snowboarding (and snow in general), reading, spending time with my wonderful fiancee and our dog (Hooper), and cooking (+/- recipes…).