Roberta DeBiasi, MD Division Chief, Infectious Disease



Roberta DeBiasi, MD, is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. After ten years in Colorado, she relocated to the DC area in 2006. Dr. DeBiasi’s research interests include the pathogenesis of serious viral infections such as myocarditis and encephalitis (infection of the heart and brain), and the development of novel treatments. For her research contributions, she was awarded the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award, and is currently funded by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Her clinical expertise and interests focus on infections of the central nervous system and heart, as well as emerging viral infectious diseases. She is the author of a multitude of original research and review articles, as well as textbook chapters in the realm of infectious diseases. She is actively involved in the education and mentoring of graduate students, residents, infectious disease fellows, and community physicians. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and fine arts with her husband and two young children.

    Education & Training

    Education & Training

    • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 1999
      University of Colorado Health Science Center
    • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1995
      University of California-Davis Medical Center
    • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1993
      University of California-Davis Medical Center
    • MD, 1992
      University of Virginia School of Medicine
    • BA, 1988
      Boston University
    Patient Stories

    Patient Stories: Roberta DeBiasi

    Patient story

    Emily's Story

    "The social worker was great. She held a class for Emily and the other needle phobic kids on the floor. This class allowed the kids to place IV's in stuffed dolls and have some control over the care of someone else, even if it was just a doll."

    Patient story

    Cameron's Story

    "I hope this letter gives hope to other parents that may be in this same situation. Early diagnosis is the key."



    Dr Califf at REW

    FDA Commissioner Speaks to Children's National Clinicians During REW

    Children’s National Health System research scientists can play a pivotal role in advancing the science of pediatric medicine by helping to develop devices and medicines for pint-sized patients, says Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD.

    Research & Publications

    Research & Publications

    Cardiac cellspecific apoptotic and cytokine responses to reovirus infection Determinants of myocarditic phenotype

    (2009) Journal of Cardiac Failure

    Neuronal apoptosis in human Herpes Simplex virus and Cytomegalovirus encephalitis

    (2002) Journal of Infectious Diseases.

    West Nile virus meningoencephalitis

    (2006) Nature Clinical Practice Neurology.

    View publications on PubMed

    Zika Virus: What You Need To Know

    Watch Dr. Roberta DeBiasi discuss the Zika virus and its health concerns.


    Virus Zika: Lo que usted necesita saber

    Dra. Melissa Del Castillo habla sobre el virus del Zika en este video. Video