Robert Avery, DO Neurologist



Robert Avery, DO, is one of the region’s only dedicated pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists and joins Children’s National Health System from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he completed fellowships in pediatric neurology and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, as well as graduate work in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Avery is available to see patients at the main campus location. He specializes in the neurological conditions that impact vision, particularly optic and cranial nerve abnormalities.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Neuro-Epidemiology, 2010
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency Program, Child Neurology, 2008
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2005
    A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 2004
    A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
  • DO, 2003
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • MA, 1995
    Wesleyan University
  • BS, 1993
    Texas Christian University
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Robert Avery

Patient story

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."

Patient story

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."

Jackson's Story

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



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Cerebrospinal Fluid Opening Pressure in Children with Optic Nerve Head Edema

(2011) Neurology

Diagnostic utility of Borrelia burgdorferi cerebrospinal fluid polymerase chain reaction in children with Lyme meningitis

(2005) Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Lisch nodules ectropian uveae and optic pathway glioma juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma due to Neurofibromatosis type 1

(2010) Picture of the month: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Patient position during lumbar puncture has no meaningful effect on CSF opening pressure in children

(0001) Journal of Child Neurology

Prediction of Lyme meningitis in children from a Lyme endemic region A logistic regression model using history physical and laboratory findings

(2006) Pediatrics

Reference range for cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure in children

(2010) New England Journal of Medicine

Reference range for cerebrospinal fluid protein concentration in children and adolescents

(2011) Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in children with optic pathway gliomas

(2011) American Journal of Ophthalmology

Visual and systemic outcomes in pediatric ocular myasthenia gravis

(2010) American Journal of Ophthalmology

Vitamin B12 Optic Neuropathy in Autism

(2010) Pediatrics

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