Ana Maria Verissimo, MD, MA

Education

Education: BS, SUNY Stony Brook
MD, Brown Alpert Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, Brown University Rhode Island Hospital
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Brown University Rhode Island Hospital

Board Certifications

Pediatrics
Integrative Holistic Medicine

Faculty Appointment

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Expertise

Dr. Verissimo received extensive training in mind body medicine during her master’s course work, and participated in the “Mind Body Medicine” course at Harvard. She is certified in HeartMath biofeedback. Dr. Verissimo is a member of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and has extensive training in hypnosis with particular focus on pediatric hypnosis from the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the National Hypnosis Training Institute. Her medical practice treats pediatric patients who have chronic pain and chronic or life threatening illnesses. Dr. Verissimo strives to integrate conventional allopathic medicine in conjunction with guided imagery, hypnosis and biofeedback when possible. In addition, she assists patients in the pre- and post-operative setting by teaching Mind Body techniques in order to promote self-participation in their surgery. Dr. Verissimo also teaches Mind Body skills to children who have anxiety with medical procedures such as needle phobia.

Dr. Verissimo attended the 2009 Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine annual meeting and continues to bridge her integrative medicine initiatives at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with this academic organization. She has taught several integrative medicine courses at University of Connecticut, including: human development and health section of integrative medicine, healer’s art and mind body medicine. Dr. Verissimo is interested in wellness education for medical students and residents.

Published Research

  • “Integrative Medicine for Children,” Natural Nutmeg, pp 34-35, December 2011.
     
  • Alan C. Homans, Ana Maria Verissimo, and Vasiliki Vlacha (1993) “Transient Abnormal Myelopoiesis of Infancy with Trisomy 21,” The American Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 15 (4): 392-399./li>