Dr. Heather Van Mater is a pediatric rheumatologist, with a particular affinity for the central nervous system. She is co-director of the Pediatric Autoimmune Brain Disease (ABD) program where she works closely with colleagues in neurology and psychiatry evaluating and treating inpatients with autoimmune conditions such as autoimmune encephalitis and CNS vasculitis. She is engaged in clinical research in children with AE as she works to better understand disease classification and optimal treatment strategies.

Why am I involved with AE Alliance?

I have had the privilege of caring for many children through their journey with AE and am eager to be a part of a community working to improve all aspects of care, from awareness, to treatment, to recovery.