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Miya Elizabeth Bernson-Leung, M.D.

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Harvard Medical School, BostonMD05/2010
Harvard Graduate School of Education, CambridgeEdM05/2017
2016 - 2017
Zuckerman Fellow

I am a pediatric neurologist with a clinical practice in pediatric stroke and leadership roles in medical education at all levels (UME, GME, and CME). I am passionate about using my clinical expertise as well as innovative approaches to interprofessional and multidisciplinary education to improve the care of children with neurologic illness.

Available: 11/13/19, Expires: 11/13/25

Although pediatric neurological disorders are common, especially in children with complex health care needs, general pediatrics training provides limited exposure to pediatric neurology. One of my projects to address this need focuses on the teaching of the pediatric neurological examination to residents in general pediatrics through an observed examination experience. I have developed a structured observation form to support this, but would welcome a student to take the lead on the next steps in validating the form. The student could also be involved in assessing the impact of this observed examination program, and take the lead on writing it up for publication. I would welcome students interested in medical education research and/or careers as clinician-educators to partner with me in this and other education projects. Length of time commitment would depend on which aspects of the project the student is interested in. Funding is not currently available, but there are a number of grants to which we could apply.

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  1. Bernson-Leung ME, Rapalino O, Walker MA, Butler WE. Case 40-2021: A 9-Year-Old Boy with Transient Weakness, Facial Droop, and Slurred Speech. N Engl J Med. 2021 Dec 30; 385(27):2563-2572. PMID: 34965341.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Weber DJ, Albert DVF, Aravamuthan BR, Bernson-Leung ME, Bhatti D, Milligan TA. Training in Neurology: Rapid implementation of cross-institutional neurology resident education in the time of COVID-19. Neurology. 2020 11 10; 95(19):883-886. PMID: 32887772; PMCID: PMC7713733.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  3. Harrar DB, Salussolia CL, Vittner P, Danehy A, Sen S, Whitehill R, Chao JH, Bernson-Leung ME, Rivkin MJ. Stroke After Cardiac Catheterization in Children. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 11; 100:42-48. PMID: 31481331.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Rea CJ, Wenren LM, Tran KD, Zwemer E, Mallon D, Bernson-Leung M, Samuels RC, Toomey SL. Shared Care: Using an Electronic Consult Form to Facilitate Primary Care Provider-Specialty Care Coordination. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Sep - Oct; 18(7):797-804. PMID: 29625232.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Bernson-Leung ME, Boyd TK, Meserve EE, Danehy AR, Kapur K, Trenor CC, Lehman LL, Rivkin MJ. Placental Pathology in Neonatal Stroke: A Retrospective Case-Control Study. J Pediatr. 2018 04; 195:39-47.e5. PMID: 29397159.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Bernson-Leung ME, Urion DK. The Child Neurology Trainee-as-Teacher: A Clinical Teaching Curriculum Tailored to Learners' Needs and Developmental Roles. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 01; 78:41-45. PMID: 29174856.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Lehman LL, Beaute J, Kapur K, Danehy AR, Bernson-Leung ME, Malkin H, Rivkin MJ, Trenor CC. Workup for Perinatal Stroke Does Not Predict Recurrence. Stroke. 2017 08; 48(8):2078-2083. PMID: 28706112.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Lehman LL, Danehy AR, Trenor CC, Calahan CF, Bernson-Leung ME, Robertson RL, Rivkin MJ. Transient Focal Neurologic Symptoms Correspond to Regional Cerebral Hypoperfusion by MRI: A Stroke Mimic in Children. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Nov; 38(11):2199-2202. PMID: 28705823.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Zwemer E, Bernson-Leung M, Rea C, Patel AA, Guerriero R, Urion DK, Toomey SL. Education on the Brain: A Partnership Between a Pediatric Primary Care Center and Neurology Residency. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jan; 57(1):46-51. PMID: 28952326.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Bernson-Leung ME, Rivkin MJ. Stroke in Neonates and Children. Pediatr Rev. 2016 Nov; 37(11):463-477. PMID: 27803143.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Bernson-Leung ME, deVeber GA. Emerging Subspecialties in Neurology: Pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disorders. Neurology. 2016 11 01; 87(18):e219-e222. PMID: 27799481.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Bernson-Leung ME, Lehman LL. Cerebrovascular Complications of Pediatric Pneumococcal Meningitis in the PCV13 Era. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):374-9. PMID: 27247340.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  13. Walsh BH, Baumer FM, Bernson-Leung ME, Lerou P, Peters JM. Teaching video neuroimages: nonepileptic myoclonus in a neonate following severe hypoxic-ischemic injury. Neurology. 2015 Mar 24; 84(12):e90. PMID: 25802277.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Guerriero RM, Pier DB, de Gusmão CM, Bernson-Leung ME, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Increased pediatric functional neurological symptom disorders after the Boston marathon bombings: a case series. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Nov; 51(5):619-23. PMID: 25152961.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Bernson-Leung M, Ananth P, Shusterman S. Neuroblastoma presenting as facial nerve palsy and bulging tympanic membrane. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Feb; 54(2):183-5. PMID: 24817076.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Bernson-Leung ME, Mazumdar M. Journal club: pretreatment EEG in childhood absence epilepsy. Neurology. 2014 May 06; 82(18):e158-60. PMID: 24799520; PMCID: PMC4013816.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. de Gusmão CM, Guerriero RM, Bernson-Leung ME, Pier D, Ibeziako PI, Bujoreanu S, Maski KP, Urion DK, Waugh JL. Functional neurological symptom disorders in a pediatric emergency room: diagnostic accuracy, features, and outcome. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Aug; 51(2):233-8. PMID: 25079572.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Bernson-Leung ME, Leung LY, Kumar S. Synthetic cannabis and acute ischemic stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 23(5):1239-41. PMID: 24119618.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Goldstein DS, Holmes C, Sato T, Bernson M, Mizrahi N, Imrich R, Carmona G, Sharabi Y, Vortmeyer AO. Central dopamine deficiency in pure autonomic failure. Clin Auton Res. 2008 Apr; 18(2):58-65. PMID: 18363034.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Darmopil S, Muñetón-Gómez VC, de Ceballos ML, Bernson M, Moratalla R. Tyrosine hydroxylase cells appearing in the mouse striatum after dopamine denervation are likely to be projection neurones regulated by L-DOPA. Eur J Neurosci. 2008 Feb; 27(3):580-92. PMID: 18279311.
    Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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