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Shannon Beres, MD

  • Shannon Jeanine Beres
  • “I have a lot of energy, which I funnel into being an advocate for each family I see.”

My mother was a special education teacher, so I grew up with a model of helping others. In high school I worked with children with disabilities and was a mentor for them, which inspired me to become a doctor.

I chose child neurology because I was interested in helping children with special needs, and was inspired by the family dynamics created when there's a child that has special needs.

Diseases that involve the brain can be very alarming to a family, but with additional teaching and describing how the brain works I help families understand their child's condition. I take a family-centered approach to care and believe in making decisions and developing a management plan together as a team.

I have a lot of energy, which I funnel into being an advocate for each family I see. I spend a lot of extra time going the extra mile, whether that's further diagnostic workup or making sure their care plan is fully executed. I am here for each family every step of the way.

Especialidades médicas y/o especialidades quirúrgicas


Neurology - Child Neurology

Trabajo y educación


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Registrar, Richmond, VA, 6/15/2009

Primeros años de residencia

UCSF Pediatric Residency, San Francisco, CA, 8/28/2011

Últimos años de residencia

UCSF Child Neurology Residency, San Francisco, CA, 8/31/2014


University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Fellowships, Philadelphia, PA, 7/31/2015

Certificado(s) de especialidad

Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


3rd 4th 6th Nerve Palsies

Brain Trauma

Brain Tumors

Cancer-Related Optic Nerve Swelling

Epilepsy Surgery

Eye Movement Abnormalities

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Myasthenia Gravis


Optic Disc Atrophy

Optic Nerve Abnormalities

Optic Neuritis

Optic Neuropathy

Optic Pathway Gliomas


Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome

Septo-Optic Dysplasia


Visual Field Defects

Todo Publicaciones

Unilateral retinitis pigmentosa in children. Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Mercado, C. L., Pham, B. H., Beres, S., Marmor, M. F., Lambert, S. R. 2018


BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of rare inherited retinal disorders characterized by diffuse progressive degeneration of the retina that typically presents bilaterally. Unilateral RP has not often been reported in children. We present a series of cases that illustrate discrimination between unilateral and asymmetric disease and between dystrophy and acquired degeneration.METHODS: Four patients (9-15 years of age; 3 females) were referred to our institution for possible unilateral RP based on fundus appearance and unilateral symptoms. All underwent full-field electroretinography (ERG), spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), widefield and color fundus photography, and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging. Genetic testing and a vitamin and essential fatty acids panel were also conducted in 1 patient.RESULTS: Unilateral retinal degeneration was confirmed in 2 patients, whose fellow eyes showed no abnormalities on ERG or imaging. The other 2 patients were found to have highly asymmetric retinal degeneration based on ERG, wide-angle images, and repeated examinations (range, 0.3-9.8 years). Genetic testing and blood testing in 1 unilateral case were negative.CONCLUSIONS: Childhood-onset "unilateral RP" remains a difficult and uncertain diagnosis. ERG testing and longitudinal and widefield fundus examination are necessary to exclude asymmetrical disease. Although unilateral degeneration may exist in some children, its inherited or acquired etiology remains poorly understood.

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Optic Pathway Gliomas Secondary to Neurofibromatosis Type 1 SEMINARS IN PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Beres, S., Avery, R. A. 2017; 24 (2): 9299


Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 frequently manifest optic pathway gliomas-low-grade gliomas intrinsic to the visual pathway. This review describes the molecular and genetic mechanisms driving optic pathway gliomas as well as the clinical symptoms of this relatively common genetic condition. Recommendations for clinical management and descriptions of the newest imaging techniques are discussed.

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Pediatric Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome: Diagnosis, Classification, and Underlying Pathophysiology SEMINARS IN PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Sheldon, C. A., Paley, G. L., Beres, S. J., McCormack, S. E., Liu, G. T. 2017; 24 (2): 11015


Pseudotumor cerebri syndrome (PTCS) is defined by the presence of elevated intracranial pressure in the setting of normal brain parenchyma and cerebrospinal fluid. PTCS can occur in the pediatric and adult populations and, if untreated, may lead to permanent visual loss. In this review, discussion will focus on PTCS in the pediatric population and will outline its distinct epidemiology and key elements of diagnosis, evaluation and management. Finally, although the precise mechanisms are unclear, the underlying pathophysiology will be considered.

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Optic Pathway Gliomas JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Beres, S., Avery, R. A. 2017; 15 (1): 1524