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Maria Teresa Acosta, MD

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine


Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program)
Neurofibromatosis Institute

Children’s Research Institute (CRI)
Center for Neuroscience Research
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Specialties: Brain Tumors, Neurofibromatosis, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disorders, Developmental Delays

Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Child Neuro
Foreign LanguagesSpanish
National Provider Identifier1922179191

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Dr. Acosta 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 and Director of the neuro-cognitive program at the Neurofibromatosis Institute. She 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
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Medical School Universidad Industrial de Santander Bucaramanga, ColumbiaDoctor of Medicine 1981 -1986
National & International Recognitions
Junior Member AwardChild Neurology Society30th Meeting of the Child Neurology Society2001
Women of the Millennium awardWomen's Club of Bucaramanga, Colombia2000
The Colombian Neurology Association National AwardColombian Neurology AssociationFirst Colombian Congress of Neurology1993
Pablo Elias Gutierrez PrizeThe Central Military Hospital1993
Pablo Elias Gutierrez PrizeColombian Neurology Association1992

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberColombian Neurology Association1997 - 2003
MemberSociety for Pediatric Research2008
MemberAmerican Society for Clinical Hypnosis2008
MemberAmerican Academy of Neurology2006
MemberInternational Neuropsychology Society2002
MemberChild Neurology Society2000
Journal Article, Arcos-Burgos, M., Acosta, M.T. (2007), Turning Major Gene Variants Conditioning Human Behavior: The Anachronism of ADHD, Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 27.

Book Chapter, Acosta, M.T. (2007), Neurodevelopment and the Ontogenesis of Learning Disabilities, In Acosta, M.T., Handbook of Neurodevelopment and Learning, Bogota.

Book Chapter, Arcos-Burgos, M., Acosta, M.T. (2006), Genetic Epidemiology, In Arcos-Burgos, M., Acosta, M.T., ADHD: Clinical, Genetic, and Therapeutic Aspects, 5-23, Medellin, Gradas Foundation.

Book Chapter, Acosta, M.T., Pearl, P. (2006), Genetic Aspects of Autism, In Acosta, M.T., Pearl, P., Attention and Its Alterations: From Brain to Behavior, 93-114, London, McKeith Press.

Journal Article, Imaging Data in Autism: From Structure to Malfunction (2004), Acosta, M.T., Pearl, P., Pediatric Neurology, 11, 205-213.

Journal Article, Acosta, M.T., Arcos-Burgos, M., Muenke, M. (2004), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Complex Phenotype, Simple Genotype, Genetics in Medicine, 6.

Journal Article, Barakat, A.M., Pearl, P.L., Acosta, M.T., Runkle, B.P. (2004), 22q13 Deletion Syndrome with Central Diabetes Insipidus: A Previously Unreported Association, Clinical Dysmorphology, 13, 191-194.

Journal Article, Pearl, P.L., Novotny, E., Acosta, M.T., Jakobs, C., Gibson, M. (2003), Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Children and Adults, Annals of Neurology, 54, S, 73-80.

Journal Article, Acosta, M.T., Leon, F. (2003), r-MTS New Tool, New Hope for ADHD in the New Century?, Current Opinion and Research in Biology and Medicine, 19, 125-130.

Journal Article, Rosser, T., Acosta, M.T., Packer R. (2002), Pediatric Neurology , Aicardi Syndrome: Presentation in 77 patients, 27, 343-346.

For a more comprehensive list of publications for Maria Acosta, MD view the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database

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