Bhooma Aravamuthan

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics
Academic Pediatrics



  • BS, Valedictorian, Michigan State University2005
  • BS, Valedictorian, Michigan State University2005
  • PhD, (DPhil), University of Oxford2008
  • MD, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine2012


  • Resident in Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine2012 - 2014
  • Resident in Child Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School2014 - 2017
  • Fellow in Movement Disorders, Boston Children's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School2017 - 2018

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2018 - PresAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Child Neurology Specialization
  • 2018 - PresMissouri Medical License

Honors and Awards

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship2004
  • George C. Marshall Scholarship (funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford)2005
  • NIH-Oxford Graduate Partnership Program Fellowship (fully funded enrollment in the Washington University Medical Scientist Training Program and funded additional graduate training at the NIH while completing my DPhil at Oxford)2005
  • Washington University School of Medicine Outstanding Medical Scientist Trainee Scholarship2005
  • Movement Disorders Society Young Investigator Grant2006
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society2012
  • Washington University School of Medicine Irwin Levy Prize in Neurology and Neurological Surgery2012
  • Washington University School of Medicine Richard S. Brookings Prize2012
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital "High Five" Award for Clinical Excellence2014
  • Boston Children's Hospital Von L. Meyer Travel Award2015
  • Boston Children's Hospital Farley Award2016
  • Boston Children's Hospital Neurology Resident Clinician of the Year2017
  • Boston Children's Hospital Neurology Resident Teacher of the Year2017
  • Boston Children's Hospital Honor for Great Care2017
  • Child Neurology Society Outstanding Junior Member Postgraduate Award2018
  • Neurobiology of Disease in Children Young Investigator Award2018
  • American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leaders Program2020
  • American Neurological Association Emerging Scholar Lecture2020

Recent Publications view all (25)

  1. Optimizing Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy. Pediatrics. 2021. PMID:34649981 
  2. Gait features of dystonia in cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2021;63(6):748-754. PMID:33411352 
  3. Objective and Clinically Feasible Analysis of Diffusion MRI Data can Help Predict Dystonia After Neonatal Brain Injury. Pediatr Neurol. 2021;118:6-11. PMID:33677143 
  4. Adults with Cerebral Palsy Require Ongoing Neurologic Care: A Systematic Review. Ann Neurol. 2021;89(5):860-871. PMID:33550625 
  5. Caring for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the COVID-19 Crisis. Neurol Clin Pract. 2021;11(2):e174-e178. PMCID:PMC8032439  PMID:33842088 
  6. Variability in Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis. Pediatrics. 2021;147(2). PMCID:PMC7906070  PMID:33402528 
  7. ANA Webinars: implementation of a conference-based virtual networking event. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2021;8(2):525-528. PMCID:PMC7886028  PMID:33352002 
  8. Role of child neurologists and neurodevelopmentalists in the diagnosis of cerebral palsy: A survey study. Neurology. 2020;95(21):962-972. PMCID:PMC7734737  PMID:33046609 
  9. Training in Neurology: Rapid implementation of cross-institutional neurology resident education in the time of COVID-19. Neurology. 2020;95(19):883-886. PMCID:PMC7713733  PMID:32887772 
  10. Striatal cholinergic interneuron numbers are increased in a rodent model of dystonic cerebral palsy. Neurobiol Dis. 2020;144:105045. PMID:32800997 
  11. Treatable Movement Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. Semin Neurol. 2020;40(2):177-191. PMID:32079029 
  12. Sex may influence motor phenotype in a novel rodent model of cerebral palsy. Neurobiol Dis. 2020;134:104711. PMID:31841677 
  13. Deep brain stimulation for monogenic dystonia. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2017;29(6):691-696. PMID:28906342 
  14. Factors Associated With Discharge After Initial Emergency Treatment of Pediatric Migraine. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017;33(9):620-629. PMID:26359825 
  15. Teaching NeuroImages: Medullary lesions causing dysphagia in Leigh/MELAS overlap syndrome. Neurology. 2016;87(2):e18-9. PMID:27402949 
  16. Localization of Basal Ganglia and Thalamic Damage in Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy. Pediatr Neurol. 2016;54:11-21. PMID:26706479 
  17. Pediatric anti-Hu-associated encephalitis with clinical features of Rasmussen encephalitis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2015;2(5):e150. PMCID:PMC4582902  PMID:26445726 
  18. Long-term increase in coherence between the basal ganglia and motor cortex after asphyxial cardiac arrest and resuscitation in developing rats. Pediatr Res. 2015;78(4):371-9. PMCID:PMC4791178  PMID:26083760 
  19. Vestibular responses in the macaque pedunculopontine nucleus and central mesencephalic reticular formation. Neuroscience. 2012;223:183-99. PMCID:PMC3484682  PMID:22864184 
  20. Cortical and subcortical connections within the pedunculopontine nucleus of the primate Macaca mulatta determined using probabilistic diffusion tractography. J Clin Neurosci. 2009;16(3):413-20. PMID:19167229 
  21. Altered neuronal activity relationships between the pedunculopontine nucleus and motor cortex in a rodent model of Parkinson's disease. Exp Neurol. 2008;213(2):268-80. PMCID:PMC4318559  PMID:18601924 
  22. The anatomy and localization of the pedunculopontine nucleus determined using probabilistic diffusion tractography [corrected]. Br J Neurosurg. 2008;22 Suppl 1:S25-32. PMID:19085350 
  23. Connectivity of the human pedunculopontine nucleus region and diffusion tensor imaging in surgical targeting. J Neurosurg. 2007;107(4):814-20. PMID:17937229 
  24. Topography of cortical and subcortical connections of the human pedunculopontine and subthalamic nuclei. Neuroimage. 2007;37(3):694-705. PMID:17644361 
  25. Reduction of subacute stent thrombosis (SAT) using heparin-coated stents in a large-scale, real world registry. J Invasive Cardiol. 2004;16(6):304-10. PMID:15155999 
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