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The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Senior Vice President: Roger Packer, MD
Executive Director: Jocelyn Villongco, MHSA

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center encompasses programs that pertain to a child’s mind, behavior, emotions and neurological function. The Center boasts one of the largest teams of professionals in the country in all the disciplines that pertain to this area of treatment and research. Comprised of internationally-renowned physicians, faculty, investigators, social workers, and nurses, this team works in concert with hospital colleagues across all specialties – and with primary care givers in the community – for a true, interdisciplinary approach to care.

The Center is home to two prestigious Institutes: The Daniel and Jennifer Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Institute. Both are internationally recognized centers of clinical care, clinical/translational research, and basic research.

Many of the Center’s physicians and researchers are members of the Children’s Research Institute (CRI), located in the top floors of the Children’s National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine in Washington, DC. With such proximity, colleagues collaborate in translational research that results in cutting edge treatment for patients. Additionally, these teams continuously pursue solutions to conditions that evade cure.

The Center has close working relationships with the National Institutes of Health, several national and international research institutes and universities, and is a leader in a number of research consortia. Given these strong relationships, the Center is in the position to offer its patients access to innovative therapeutics and clinical trials.

Many of the Center’s members are leading advocates for children’s physical and mental health and care. Through their work nationally and internationally, they advance best practices and cultivate the next generation of pediatric specialists, researchers and general practitioners who will shape the quality of care for years to come.

Among the Divisions included in this Center are:

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