Return to list Caitlin Rollins, MD


Caitlin Rollins, MD


Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital




Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115





I am a pediatric neurologist deeply committed to clinical research at the intersection of cardiology and neurology. Major strides cardiac surgical and medical care have led to more children with heart disease living longer and healthier lives. Yet many of these children face significant neurodevelopmental sequelae. Issues such as developmental delays, learning difficulties, and social cognition deficits are common. My long-term career goal is to clarify mechanisms of neurological impairment in congenital heart disease and to develop neuroprotective strategies to mitigate these effects. I joined the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2011, where I serve as the primary neurology liaison. My prior research has evaluated quantitative brain MRI measures in toddlers and adolescents with congenital heart diease. One original research manuscript describes the relationship between white matter microstructure and neuropsychological functioning in an adolescent cohort, and a second manuscript describes the relationship between infant MRI brain volumes and neurodevelopment. Currently, under a K23 award, I will study the relationship between fetal cardiac physiology, fetal brain MRI, and 2-year neurodevelopmental outcome. The ultimate goal of this project is to facilitate development of rational neuroprotective interventions in fetuses with congenital heart disease.

Fetal Brain Development in Congenital Heart Disease - K23 NS101120