Maria Acosta, MD Neurologist

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  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Child Neuro

National Provider ID: 1922179191

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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

  • Fellowship Program, Child Neurology, 2005
    National Institute of Health
  • Residency Program, 2004
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, 2003
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, 1997
    Vrije University Paedologi Institute
  • Fellowship Program, 1993
    Sant Joan de Deu
  • Residency Program, Child Neurology, 1993
    Military Hospital
  • Internship Program, 1988
    Hospital San Juan de Dios
  • Internship Program, Medical, 1987
    University Hospital Ramon Gonzales
  • MD, 1986
    Universidad Industrial de Santander
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Maria Acosta

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Mason's Story

"You are about to embark on a journey that will be the challenge of your life as a parent. But you have chosen a hospital and a brain tumor treatment team that is one of the best in the country."

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Merrill's Story

"I think his medical experiences as a small child helped develop his attitude and approaches for coping. He still thinks of Children's as a friendly, good place, which is a real tribute to the excellent care and treatment he received."

Keith at cruise cabin

Keith's Story

"You will find new strength you didn't know you had. You will find that what seemed to be the daily grind of work or home life will take on new meaning and will sustain you by the sheer normalness of it."


Jackson's Story

"I have become a total advocate for my child, fighting this fight right alongside of him."



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

22q13 Deletion Syndrome with Central Diabetes Insipidus: A Previously Unreported Association

(2004) Clinical Dysmorphology

Acosta MT Pearl P

(2004) Pediatric Neurology

Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder ADHD Complex Phenotype Simple Genotype

(2004) Genetics in Medicine

Genetic Aspects of Autism

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

Genetic Epidemiology

(2006) ADHD: Clinical, Genetic, and Therapeutic Aspects

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

Turning Major Gene Variants Conditioning Human Behavior The Anachronism of ADHD

(2007) Current Opinion in Genetics & Development

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