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Varina Boerwinkle, MD is the medical director of the Neuro-Critical Care Clinical Program and Functional MRI Lab. Prior to joining Phoenix Children's, Dr. Boerwinkle was the assistant professor of Pediatric Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and a neuro-hospitalist for Texas Children's Hospital.Dr. Boerwinkle earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern. She completed a residency in pediatric and adult neurology from Baylor College of Medicine. She is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. She is a world leader in resting state-functional MRI for children. A tool she has developed to locate where seizures come from in the brain and all of the brain's networks, which is helpful in epilepsy surgery planning and children with acute brain insults in the ICU. Dr. Boerwinkle has published these findings in peer-reviewed scientific-medical journals, leading the way in applying this powerful brain-mapping tool for individual patient care needs.