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Heather Fullerton


Pediatric vascular neurologist
Medical Director, Pediatric Brain Center
International Pediatric Stroke Organization founding president

Dr. Heather Fullerton is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in caring for children who have strokes. She established and directs the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center.

In research, Fullerton's projects include identifying risk factors for recurrent childhood stroke, studying blood vessel abnormalities in children with stroke and determining whether infection plays a role in childhood stroke.

Fullerton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, then earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. At UCSF, she completed a residency in pediatrics, followed by a residency as well as a fellowship in child neurology. While a fellow in child neurology, she developed an interest in neurovascular diseases in children and carried out studies on the epidemiology of childhood stroke.

In 2002, Fullerton joined the child neurology staff at UCSF, where she completed a vascular neurology fellowship. She has also earned a master of advanced study degree in clinical research at UCSF.

  • Education

    Baylor College of Medicine, MD, 1996

    UCSF, MAS, Clinical Research, 2005

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 1999

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Child Neurology, 2002

    UCSF, Vascular Neurology, 2003

  • Board Certifications

    Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


Our children are our future. My mission is to protect the brains of children from stroke, so they can reach their full potential.

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