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Joseph Scafidi, DO

Joseph Scafidi, DO, first joined Children’s National as a pediatric neurology trainee in 2005. After completing his training in 2008, he conducted post-doctoral research training in the laboratory of Vittorio Gallo, PhD, at the Center for Neuroscience Research. Currently, Dr. Scafidi is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Children’s National and the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, with appointments in the Division of Neurology and Center for Neuroscience Research.  As a clinician scientist, he devotes his time to caring for patients as well as conducting translational research.

In his time at Children’s, Dr. Scafidi has made many positive memories working with children. “Anytime I am appreciated by my patients and/or their families is a big highlight for me,” he says. He is passionate about engaging patient families in the healthcare decision process and “wants the children and families to feel that they are an integral part of the team and their care.”

"Anytime I am appreciated by my patients and/or their families is a big highlight for me.” 

Outside of providing patient care, one of his favorite parts of working at Children’s is the cooperation and teamwork between multiple specialists and research scientists. He finds it “allows for amazing opportunities to collaborate and provide innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to care for children.” 

"I hope to be remembered as a physician that championed for improvements in the quality of life for children with developmental brain injury through research.” 

Dr. Scafidi’s research focuses on brain injuries that occur in the weeks right before and after birth and defining what prevents recovery from these injuries. Currently, his laboratory is studying how neonatal brain injury changes the way specific cells in the brain obtain and use energy. Dr. Scafidi hopes his research will change the way we think about and treat infant brain injury and lead to improved outcomes for patients.

"Stronger is working as a team to improve quality of life.”

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