Dr. Cynthia Rooney, MD

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Dr. Cynthia Rooney, MD
My Area of Excellence is Clinical Expertise and Innovation. Specifically, I am a clinical pediatric neurologist who specializes in epilepsy and headache disorders. As a practicing neurologist at Children's Hospital Physicians in South Weymouth, MA, I care for patients with complex neurologic problems including refractory epilepsy and headache disorders. I have published 5 original articles and was first author on one of these and senior author on another. Two of these 5 articles were published recently, in 2010, and involve genetic testing for autism spectrum disorder and the identification of mutations in the gene for neurexin-1 (NRXN1) that can lead to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders. As a participant in the Autism Consortium Clinical Genetics/DNA Diagnostics Collaboration, I assisted in testing patients for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using currently recommended clinical genetic testing as well as chromosomal microarray analysis, which did not have established guidelines. This study showed that the chromosomal microarray analysis had the highest detection rate among clinically available genetic tests for patients with ASD, resulting in a recommendation that CMA be considered as part of the initial diagnostic evaluation of patients with ASD. For the second study, which was conducted by the Division of Developmental Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, I assisted with a medical record review of subjects with deletions involving exonic sequences of NRXN1, which indicated that deletions of NRXN1 predispose to a wide spectrum of developmental disorders. Thus, my clinical work contributes important data that is improving our understanding of autism spectrum disorders. In summary, I apply my expertise in pediatric epilepsy and headache disorders in specialized clinical programs in the Department of Neurology, serve as an educator in this arena, and contribute to research that increases our understanding of these disorders.

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Concord, MA |
Awful doctor stay away! Took my son to see her she misdiagnosed him would not listen to any of my concerns. I never write reviews but she was so awful I want to save other parents this nightmare. I have spoken to other parents all over the south shore and they had the same experience she is condescending and awful. Took my son to another nuerologist and he got the right diagnosis please don't waste your time!
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My Area of Excellence is Clinical Expertise and Innovation.  Specifically, I am a clinical pediatric neurologist who specializes in epilepsy and headache disorders.  

As a practicing neurologist at Children's Hospital Physicians in South Weymouth, MA, I care for patients with complex neurologic problems including refractory epilepsy and headache disorders. 

I have published 5 original articles and was first author on one of these and senior author on another.  Two of these 5 articles were published recently, in 2010, and involve genetic testing for autism spectrum disorder and the identification of mutations in the gene for neurexin-1 (NRXN1) that can lead to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders.  As a participant in the Autism Consortium Clinical Genetics/DNA Diagnostics Collaboration, I assisted in testing patients for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using currently recommended clinical genetic testing as well as chromosomal microarray analysis, which did not have established guidelines.  This study showed that the chromosomal microarray analysis had the highest detection rate among clinically available genetic tests for patients with ASD, resulting in a recommendation that CMA be considered as part of the initial diagnostic evaluation of patients with ASD.  For the second study, which was conducted by the Division of Developmental Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, I assisted with a medical record review of subjects with deletions involving exonic sequences of NRXN1, which indicated that deletions of NRXN1 predispose to a wide spectrum of developmental disorders.  Thus, my clinical work contributes important data that is improving our understanding of autism spectrum disorders.

In summary, I apply my expertise in pediatric epilepsy and headache disorders in specialized clinical programs in the Department of Neurology, serve as an educator in this arena, and contribute to research that increases our understanding of these disorders.

Dr. Rooney's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Pediatrics
  •  Board certified in Pediatrics
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Pediatrics

Conditions Treated

  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Seizure Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara

    Graduated in 1989

  • Internship Hospital
    Boston Floating Hospital, Pediatrics

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Boston Floating Hospital, Pediatrics

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Boston Floating Hospital, Neurology

    Completed in 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Pediatrics
  • Epilepsy

Procedures Performed

  • Medication Management for Learning and Behavioral Disabilities
  • Neurological Testing