Current Environment:


The Autism Spectrum Center (ASC) was founded by Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD, (Developmental Medicine) and Sarah Spence, MD, PhD, (Neurology). It is guided by a multi-disciplinary executive committee. We also have support from workgroups focused on a variety of initiatives to make Boston Children’s the most autism-friendly hospital, and we work closely with our Family Advisory Council to keep our care child- and family-focused.

Sadly we lost Dr. Bridgemohan in summer 2019 and we dedicate our work every day to her memory.

Executive Committee


Carol Weitzman, MD (Developmental Medicine)

Sarah Spence, MD, PhD (Neurology)


ASC work groups chair

Nancy Sullivan, PhD (Developmental Medicine)


Committee members

Sonia Aurora Ballal, MD (Gastroenterology)

Stephanie Jo Brewster, MS (Translational Neuroscience Center)

Oscar Bukstein, MD, MPH (Psychiatry)

Annette Correia, OT, BCP (Occupational Therapy)

Stephanie Coury, MS, CGC (Genetics and Genomics)

Douglas Crook, DNP(c), RN (Behavioral Response Team)

Michael Gillespie (Vice President, Clinical Services)

Patricia Ibeziako, MD (Psychiatry)

Nathan Keegan, MS (Neurology)

Patricia Pratt, BSN, MA, RN, CPN, NE-BC (Nursing)

Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH (Developmental Medicine) 

Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD (Translational Neuroscience Center)

Howard Shane, PhD (ORL/Center for Communication Enhancement)

Donald Surette (Developmental Medicine)


Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council collaborates with the Autism Spectrum Center in the planning and operation of specific programs; provides a patient and family perspective to ASD care; and promotes strong relationships and communication between patients, families and staff.