Children's Neurodevelopment Center Team

Medical Director, Pediatric Neurology

William D. Brown, MD, FAAP, is medical director of pediatric neurology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has served as a clinical associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for 11 years. He has been an attending physician of pediatrics and neurology at Rhode Island Hospital since 1995.

Dr. Brown’s research interests include concussion and disorders of brain development. His work has been published in many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology, and the Child Neurology Society. 

Rachit Patil, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Patil’s clinical interests include seizures in newborns and young children along with neurogenetics. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Dr Patil is board-certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology.

Dr Patil is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Ana C. Albuja Ponce, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her clinical interests include functional neurological disorders and epilepsy.

Dr. Ponce's research interests include quality improvement in pediatric epilepsy and neonatal stroke. Her work on these subjects has been published in books, peer-reviewed journals, and abstracts. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Stephanie J. Watt, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC
Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie J. Watt, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of New Hampshire and her master of science in nursing from Boston College. She specializes in pediatrics and pediatric palliative care and has experience in acute, outpatient, and home health settings. She spent over seven years as a level II staff nurse in the neuroscience inpatient unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.