Through collaboration with our experts, families and physicians around the world are learning
to recognize and t
reat the comorbid medical conditions of autism.

Dr. Margaret Bauman, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Co-Editor “The Neurobiology of Autism”

Dr. Margaret Bauman is an Associate Professor of Pathology in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine.  She is a former Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bauman is a practicing Pediatrician and Neurologist at Integrative Center for Child Development, formerly Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  She is a Lurie Marks Distinguished Scholar at MGH, and a Founding Director of LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Service), now known as the Lurie Center, which is a satellite multidisciplinary clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Dr. Bauman is a Medical and Neurology Consultant to the Giant Steps Connecticut School in Southport, CT. She is the Founder and Director of The Autism Research Foundation in Boston, MA. She is a Child Neurology Consultant and Medical Director for the Children’s Services Center at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Inc, in Pomona, California. Dr. Bauman is part of the medical Staff at the University of California at Irvine. She is a founder and Chair of the Autism Research Consortium (ARC). Dr. Bauman was a Medical Director of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Her research interests include the study of the microscopic brain structure in autism, Rett syndrome and other disorders of neurological development.  Dr. Bauman is co-editor of the book, “The Neurobiology of Autism” which was originally published in l994 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The second edition of this book was released in January 2005. She also co-author of the book entitled, “Your Successful Preschooler” published by Harvard University Press in 2011.

Dr. Timothy Buie, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Timothy M. Buie, M.D. is an award-winning pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, formerly the Director of Gastrointestinal and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism.

Dr. Buie is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, formerly Associate Pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine.

He has extensive experience in treating children with autism and associated conditions, championing the issues of underlying medical conditions in autism and how they affect behaviors. He has published a variety of papers and book chapters characterizing gastrointestinal problems in children with autism and developmental disorders including clinical presentation and medical findings.

He was a founder and developer of the Autism Treatment Network, now managed by Autism Speaks. This is a multi-center program directed at evaluating medical problems in children with autism. He has been featured in print and broadcast media worldwide including BBC Horizon and the PBS NewsHour, talking about GI symptoms, diet and nutrition and the microbiome differences seen in individuals with autism. He is currently featured on in an online medical video series he developed and co-produced with Autism Speaks called: Office Hours with GI Specialist Tim Buie.*

Dr. Buie has been honored for his efforts caring for children with autism receiving the Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of America in 2010, the Margaret Bauman Award for Autism Care and the Partners in Excellence Award 2014.

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, MD
Pediatric Pain Specialist

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer is a Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the Pediatric Pain Program. She has provided an invited lecture on Pain in Autism for the French Society of Pain and Psychiatry in Paris, France, and has a chapter on pain in children with autism for a book on Pain in Psychiatry. She was an invited member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Pain Care, Research, and Education and is a co-author on the IOM report on Transforming pain in America, prepared at the request of Congress. She has received many awards, including a William T Grant Faculty Scholar’s Award, a National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award, a 2002 Physician Excellence Award from Trinity Hospice, the 2003 UCLA Helene Brown Award for Excellence in Cancer Control Research, a 2005 Mayday Pain and Policy Fellowship, and the 2005 Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief from the American Pain Society (APS). Additionally, her UCLA pain program received a 2009 Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award from the APS. She is President of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood in the International Association for the Study of Pain, past-Secretary of the American Pain Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Pain Foundation. She has over 350 publications, including her book, “Conquering your Child’s Chronic Pain: a Pediatrician’s Guide for Reclaiming a Normal Childhood,” (HarperCollins, 2005). She has been in the media, with recent examples including National Public Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery Health Channel, and ABC Nightline. She has founded a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness and mind-body treatment of children’s pain, Whole Child Foundation (

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Tachdjian is Board Certified in Adult and Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, as well as in Pediatrics. He is on the medical staff at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, and Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. He currently runs the ‘Breathmobile’ mobile asthma clinic for UCLA. His research focus is on asthma and allergic inflammation. He is also a clinical trial investigator for asthma, hereditary angioedema, and chronic pain and inflammation.

Dr. Tachdjian received his bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Masters in Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; an internship at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention along with his Medical Degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his Pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his final year of fellowship, he also trained in Pediatric Pain Management at UCLA. Dr. Tachdjian’s work has been published in journals including the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. As epidemiologist in charge of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, he helped demonstrate the waning immunity of pertussis vaccine.

Dr. Tachdjian is also the founder of the Children’s Music Fund ( (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization), bringing music therapy to children with chronic and life-altering illnesses.

Dr. Charles Henry, MD
Clinical Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist

Dr. Charles Henry is a clinical and academic psychiatrist practicing in the Boston area. He has an appointment in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Assistant Professor, part-time at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.

Dr. Henry specializes in the psychopharmacologic treatment of autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mood disorders. He is the former director of psychopharmacology at the Learning and Developmental Disorders Evaluation and Rehabilitation Service (LADDERS) through the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Henry has conducted and published research on developmental and mood disorders in children.

Dr. Henry is also an advanced candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He has an interest in classical psychoanalytic theory and has published articles on primary masochism, parental authority, and limit setting.

 Dr. Talin Babikian, PhD

Talin Babikian, PhD, ABPP is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents, andyoung adults with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities, attentional problems, emotional and/or behavioral issues, head injuries, developmental disabilities, and other conditions that may affect cognitive, behavioral, or emotional functioning. Her evaluations are focused on ascertaining neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses for educational or treatment planning.

Dr. Babikian earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from Loma Linda University in 2005. She completed a predoctoral internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (currently known as the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior), focusing on developmental disabilities and pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Babikian was awarded an NIH postdoctoral grant to fund a combined research and clinical neuropsychology fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, where she currently holds a faculty appointment. She is actively involved in research using novel neuroimaging techniques to understand neurocognitive outcomes and the course of repair and recovery following a brain injury in childhood and has authored multiple publications on this topic, including a comprehensive meta-analysis summarizing the state of the current literature on head injury outcomes. She has also developed expertise in outcomes and their predictors following mild brain injury or concussions in youth, and is developing a multi-disciplinary sports related concussion clinic at UCLA to serve the neurological/medical, cognitive/academic, and psychosocial needs of children, adolescents, and young adults with sports related injuries. In addition to her work in traumatic brain injury, Dr. Babikian has been involved in researching the neurocognitive sequelae of raremonogenic disorders in childhood. She also teaches and supervises predoctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral neuropsychology fellows at UCLA.

Dr. Ralph Ankenman, MD
Child and Adult Psychiatrist
Author “Hope for the Violently Aggressive Child”

Buy Dr. Ankenman’s book

Dr. Ralph Ankenman is a phi beta kappa graduate of Ohio University and a graduate of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, where he met his wife Lucille. After spending four years working in a rural missionary hospital in Asia, he worked in general practice until completing his psychiatric residency in 1979 at Ohio State University. Much of his psychiatric practice has been dedicated to the treatment of brain-injured and developmentally challenged patients. In addition to consulting extensively for mental health clinics, state developmental centers, and community group homes, Dr. Ankenman spent over twenty years as Director of the Special Psychiatric Unit at Madison County Hospital in London, Ohio. The Special Psychiatric Unit maintained a policy not to refuse admission to an individual just because they were violent, and during his years there he developed unique expertise in the treatment of aggression and rage. After closing his practice in 2008, Dr. Ankenman has dedicated his time to writing and consulting for the Autism Think Tank.

Participating Physicians

(The following physicians have participated in a Think Tank session on behalf of their patients)

  • Dr. Kathleen Fadden, (Developmental Pediatrician), Child Development Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ
  • Dr. Elaine Montouris, MD, (Internal Medicine), Cenergie Med, Spa, Health, Basking Ridge, NJ.
  • Dr. Romeo Caballes, MD, (Internist and Family Medicine), Somerville, NJ
  • Dr. Barbie Zimmerman-Bier, (Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician), St. Peters Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Cindee Ivker, MD, (Pediatrician), White Plains, NY
  • Dr. Pantea Hannauer, MD, (Pediatric Neurologist), Pediatric Minds, Torrance, CA
  • Dr. Ray Zalengo, MD, (Pediatrician), Tollgate Pediatrics, Warwick, RI
  • Dr. Lisa Rankin, MD, (Family Medicine), Coastal Integrative Medicine, Stuart, FL
  • Dr. Marlene Sotelo, PhD, (Behavior Analyst), Ernie Els Foundation, Jupiter FL
  • Dr Edwin Liu, MD, (Neurologist), Pediatric Neurology, Palm Beach, FL
  • Dr. Chris Giza, MD, (Pediatric Neurologist), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dr. Andrea Katz, MD, (Pediatrician), Watchung Pediatrics, Warren, NJ
  • Dr. Keren Ebel, MD, (Pediatrician), Somerset Pediatric Group, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Dr. Sylvia Piezas, MD, (Pediatrician), Somerset Pediatric Group, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Dr. James Neubrander, MD, (Occupational Medical Physician), Road to Recovery Clinic, Iselin, NJ
  • Dr. Richard DiTuri, MD, (Psychiatrist), Chatham, NJ
  • Dr. Annette Rosetti-Cartaxo, MD, (Integrative Medicine), Atlantic Medical Group, Newton, NJ
  • Dr. Sheri Novotny, MD, (Psychiatrist), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Paul Devers, MD, (Family Medicine), Virtua Family Medicine, Mansfield, NJ
  • Dr. Brynie Collins, MD, (Gastroenterologist), Peds GI, Encino, CA
  • Dr. Nataile Drummond, MD, (Pediatrician), Whole Child Pediatrics, Yorkville, IL
  • Dr. Sean Baker, DO, (Family Medicine), Mercy Clinic, Fort Smith, AR
  • Dr. Scott Smith, PA, (Physician Assistant), Central Florida Functional Medicine, Merritt Island, FL
  • Dr. Daniel Hermann, MD, MPH, (Pediatrician), Summit Medical Group, Westfield, NJ
  • Dr. Rebecca Smeralinolo, MD, (Pediatrician), Pediatric Health Associates, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Lusine Kocharyan, MD, MPH, (Pediatrician), Armenian Red Cross, Yevevan, Armenia
  • Dr. Jennifer Dismukes, DO, (Psychiatrist), Bright Futures Psychiatry, Skillman, NJ
  • Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, MD, (Pediatrician), Kartnizel Wellness Center, Irvine, CA

Medical Specialists

  • Dr. Clement Maccia (Allergy & Immunology)
  • Dr. Ram Mani, MD (Neurologist/Adult Epilepsy), UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Isabel Allen- Steinfeld (Adult Psychiatry)
  • Dr. Robert Naseef (Adult Pyschology)
  • Dr. Arthur Brand (Child Psychology)
  • Dr. Anna Kelton-Brand (Child Psychology)
  • Dr. David Cooper (Ears, Nose, Throat)
  • Dr. Karen Wei-Ru Lin (Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine) Robert Wood Johnson Universtiy Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Tina Nguyen (Special Needs Dentistry) Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Dr. Shabbar Danish (Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Eric Hargreaves (Neurophysiologist)
  • Dr. Soula Koniaris (Pediatric/Adolescent Gastroenterologist) Child Health Institute of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Dr. Emanuel Elfenbein (Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist)
  • Steve Castronovo, RPh, (Pharmacist) Edgewood Pharmacy, Warren, NJ