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Tanuja Chitnis, M.D.,

MS Neurologist


Dr. Chitnis is the Director of the Partners Pediatric MS Center at the MGHDescription:

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





David Rintell, Ed.D.   

Psychologist and Family Counselor


 David is a psychologist who has worked with people with MS and their families for over twenty years.  He has conducted research with children who have a parent with MS, as well as groups for children, adults, couples, and families. In addition, he has five years experience as a public school teacher, and three years of experience as an evaluation team leader in a school system. He is experienced in providing educational programs for patients and their families. His role at the Partners Pediatric MS Center is to provide clinical assessment, psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic services to pediatric MS patients and their families. In addition, Dr. Rintell coordinates school

consultation to ensure the appropriate academic programs are

implemented for each child.








Ellen O'Donnell, Ph.D.                                                             

Child Neuropsychologist


Ellen O’Donnell, Ph.D. is a Staff Psychologist in the MGH Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  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

completedher pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at

MGH. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and health care

provider in the State of Massachusetts. 





Christiana Crooks

Study Coordinator                          


Christy Crooks is a research coordinator in Pediatric Neurology at the Partners Pediatric MS Center (MGH) and in Adult Neurology at the Partners MS Center (BWH). Christy received her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Master of Science degree in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her role is recruit subjects for research studies and conduct 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

Dr. Prince is excited to have joined the pediatric MS team in July 2007.                     

Since 1997 Dr. PrDescription: 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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