Maria Acosta, MD Neurologist



Maria Acosta, MD, is a child neurologist with a very special interest and experience level in developmental disabilities. She has been working for more than 20 years with children and families with neurological conditions like ADHD, autism, developmental delay, and learning disabilities. She is the Clinical Director of the Neurofibromatosis Institute at Children's National Health System and Director of the neuro-cognitive program at the Neurofibromatosis Institute.

Dr. Acosta has participated in several national and international projects in the genetic aspects of ADHD. Her clinical work has been fundamental in the identification of genetic markers associated with ADHD. She is currently involved in several research projects in Neurofibromatosis type 1, learning disabilities, ADHD, and associated co-morbidities. Her main research interest is to find biological markers for learning disabilities and potential biological targeted interventions.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 1986
    Universidad Industrial de Santander
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Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder ADHD Complex Phenotype Simple Genotype

(2004) Genetics in Medicine

Neurodevelopment and the Ontogenesis of Learning Disabilities

(2007) Handbook of Neurodevelopment and Learning

rMTS New Tool New Hope for ADHD in the New Century

(2003) Current Opinion and Research in Biology and Medicine

Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Children and Adults

(2003) Annals of Neurology

Genetic Aspects of Autism

(2006) Attention and Its Alterations: From Brain to Behavior

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