William B. Dobyns, MD, has made major contributions to the field of human genetics, particularly the nature and genetic causes of developmental disorders including mental retardation, autism and brain malformations. As both a medical geneticist and pediatric neurologist, Dr. Dobyns offers a rare combination of expertise. He examines patients with all types of genetic diseases with an emphasize for children with complex developmental problems.
He also offers genetic counseling for families of these children. Dr. Dobyns is a recognized expert on many complex developmental disorders of the brain including mental retardation, autism, birth defects of the cerebellum such as Dandy-Walker malformation, and birth defects of the cerebral hemispheres such as Microcephaly and Megalencephaly (small and large brain size), Lissencephaly or “smooth brain”, and Polymicrogyria (pebbled brain surface). He has made significant contributions to the understanding, classification and genetic cause of many different developmental disorders.
Dr. Dobyns states “The driving force in my work is to find something new under the sun and figure out what it is, why the child has it and what can be done. I don’t like routine. In this work, I get to think about a different uncommon problem every day and talk about it with other experts interested in the same issues.”
Dr. Rashmi Mullur, is a Board Certified Endocrinologist, Internist and Integrative Medicine practitioner in Los Angeles, California. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has an active role leading teaching efforts for medical students. Her clinical practice is located at both the UCLA Diabetes Center in Santa Monica as well as the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where she currently serves as the Associate Chief of Integrative Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2004 and went on to complete her residency and Chief residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, she went on to complete training and board certification in both Endocrinology and Integrative Medicine. Besides her role as a doctor, she is also a proud mother of three young sons. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Polymicrogyria and inspires her daily to take a more patient and family centered approach to her practice. She also understands firsthand the struggles as well as the joy that comes along with raising a special needs child, and is eager to help other families with PMG navigate the vast healthcare issues our kids can face.
Dr. Jason T. Lerner, Assistant Professor and Director of Training for Child Neurology at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, David Geffen College of Medicine. Dr. Lerner is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology and is also board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology. He completed his pediatric residency at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University, child neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and pediatric epilepsy/clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, David Geffen College of Medicine. Dr. Lerner currently practices in a large academic institution and sees children with various neurological conditions. He specializes in epilepsy, headache, and traumatic brain injury. His current research involves posttraumatic epilepsy, epilepsy surgery and neurointensive care.
Dr. Anthony Perszyk, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Genetics and Pediatrics. Dr. Perszyk comes to us with over 27 years experience as a physician. He completed his fellowship in Genetics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington and he completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He specializes in Genetics and his clinical special interests are Mitochondrial defects. Dr. Perszyk’s cast experience and desire to assist those affected by Polymicrogyria, both present and in the future, is a tremendous asset to our organization.