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Tanuja Chitnis, M.D.

MS Neurologist


Dr. Chitnis is the Director of the Partners Pediatric MS Center at the MGH for Children. She also sees adult patients with MS at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (see the site for the Adult MS Center). She completed her medical training at the University of Toronto Medical School, her Neurology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chitnis has had a longstanding interest in Pediatric MS. She is also the Chair of of the International Pediatric MS Study Group , and has written many publications and reviews related to multiple sclerosis. She is actively involved in several research projects to help to better understand and treat MS in children. See Publications







Katia Canenguez, Ph.D., Ed.M.
Pediatric Psychologist


Dr. Katia Canenguez is a Pediatric Psychologists in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is a bi-cultural/bi-lingual (Spanish speaking) clinician/researcher interested in health/mental health disparities and providing specialty behavioral health treatments to children and adolescents receiving care in pediatric specialty clinics. Dr. Canenguez received her B.A. from Boston College, Ed.M. from Harvard University, Ph.D. form University of Massachusetts, Boston and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at MGH.  Her role at the Partners Pediatric MS Center is to provide clinical assessment, psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic consultation services to pediatric MS patients and their families. In addition, Dr. Canenguez coordinates school consultation to ensure the appropriate academic programs are implemented for each child.








Ellen O'Donnell, Ph.D.                                                             

Child Neuropsychologist

Dr. O’Donnell is an Associate Psychologist at MGH and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She specializes in neuropsychological and academic assessment with children and adolescents with medical illness and has been the Pediatric Neuropsychologist for the Partners Pediatric MS Center since 2009. She is actively involved in research to better understand cognitive and school outcomes in children with Pediatric MS. She is also interested in developing interventions for children affected by both medical illness and learning disabilities. Dr. O’Donnell received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Clark University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at MGH. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and health care provider in the State of Massachusetts. 





Grace (Kim) Gombolay, M.D.
Combined Harvard Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Fellow 

Dr. Gombolay is a fellow in the Combined Harvard Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and related disorders Fellowship. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed pediatric neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a pediatric neurologist who is invested in multidisciplinary clinical care in patients with MS and other neuroimmunological disorders. She is also interested in clinical and basic science research in pediatric neuroimmunological diseases. 



Katherine Poulin

Clinical Research Coordinator                           


Katie Poulin is a research coordinator in Pediatric Neurology at the Partners Pediatric MS Center at MGH. Katie received her B.A. in Biology, with a minor in Statistics from Mount Holyoke College. In her role as a research coordinator, she will assisting in recruiting patients for clinical trials, as well, assessit in ongoing study procedures.




Tracy Fermano, R.N.                          

Pediatric Nurse


Tracy Fermano is a pediatric nurse at the Partners Pediatric MS Center at the MGH for Children. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Her role in the Partners Pediatric MS Center is to provide ongoing support to the center's patients and their families, including education on medications.      





Jefferson B. Prince, M.D.                                                                   

Child Psychiatrist

Since 1997 Dr. Prince has been a member of the staff of the MGH Child Psychiatry Clinic and is the Director of Child Psychiatry for North Shore Medical Center in Salem. Dr. Prince is involved in research characterizing and treating ADHD, mood, anxiety and substance use disorders.  Dr. Prince earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, completed his Residency in General Psychiatry at MGH and his Fellowship inChild Psychiatry at MGH and McLean Hospitals. Dr Prince is the recipient of many awards and honors and since 2005, he has been selected as one of the ‘Best Doctors in America’. 



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