Adré J du Plessis, MBChB, is a full time attending in fetal neurology, as well as the Director of the Fetal Medicine Institute, Division Chief of Fetal and Transitional Medicine, and Director of the Fetal Brain Program at Children's National Health System. In addition, Dr. du Plessis is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. du Plessis is a leading international expert in the normal and abnormal development of the brain, as well as the mechanisms of injury to the immature brain. Under his leadership, the Fetal Medicine Institute provides individualized and specialized care to patients during and after the baby’s birth.
Dr. du Plessis received his MBChB from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He trained in pediatrics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Penn State University, PA. In addition, he trained in child neurology at the St. Louis and Boston Children’s Hospitals.
Prior to joining the staff at Children's National, Dr. du Plessis spent two decades at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; where he was an Associate Professor of Neurology. While in Boston, he developed and directed the Critical Care Neurology and Fetal-Neonatal Neurology programs in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital. These were the first such programs of their kind anywhere, and they continue to be the largest. These programs served as a model for the Fetal Medicine Institute at Children's National.
Dr. du Plessis specializes in fetal neurology, particularly fetal brain developmental anomalies and the advanced fetal imaging that is used to diagnose these conditions in early pregnancy. His career-long research focus has been on the nervous system of the fetus and newborn, the hazards and mechanisms of injury, and the potential prevention of insult to the brain.