Sarah Risen, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center
  • West Campus

Phone: 832-822-3400 (Development) | 832-822-1750 (Neurology)

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1250
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins School of Medicine fellowship Clinical and Research Fellowship - TBI 2014
Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins School of Medicine fellowship Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship 2011
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh residency 2007
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans medical school Doctor of Medicine 2005


Dr. Risen is currently a faculty member in both the Department of Pediatric Neurology as well as the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. After completing training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, she then pursued a 2 year clinical and research fellowship focusing on children with traumatic brain injury. Dr. Risen is board certified in Pediatrics as well as Neurology with special certification in Child Neurology. She believes in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Risen’s clinical interests include the full spectrum of pediatric traumatic brain injury (mild (concussions) to severe brain injuries), acquired brain injury, neuro-critical care, inpatient pediatric neurology, and the full spectrum of neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Research Interests:

Traumatic Brain Injury – acute management and neurodevelopmental outcomes


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Neurology Member
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
Child Neurology Society Member
Texas Neurological Society Member

Selected Publications

Risen SR, Barber AD, Mostofsky SH, Suskauer SJ. Altered functional connectivity in children with mild – moderate TBI relates to motor control. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 2015;8:309-319.

Sarah R Risen, Stacy J Suskauer, Ellen J DeMatt, Beth S Slomine, and Cynthia F Salorio. Functional outcomes in children with abusive head trauma receiving inpatient rehabilitation compared to children with non-abusive head trauma. Journal of Pediatrics 2013;164(3):613-619.

Andrea Poretti, Sarah Risen, Avner Meoded, Frances J. Northington, Michael V. Johnston, Eugene Boltshdauser, and Thierry A.G.M. Huisman. Cerebellar Agenesis: An extreme form of cerebellar disruption in preterm neonates. Journal of Pediatric Neuroradiology 2013; 2:163-167.

Osorio MJ, Risen S, Alper G. An unusal presentation of juvenile Alexander’s disease. Journal of Child Neurology 2012 Apr;27(4):507-10.