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Adre Du Plessis, MBChB

Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
Division Chief, Fetal and Transitional Medicine


Dr. Adré J. du Plessis, M.B.Ch.B., 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.

He 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 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.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MPH, 1995
    Harvard School of Public Health
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Neurology, 1993
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Residency Program, Pediatric Neurology, 1991
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Residency Program, Child Neurology, 1990
    St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Residency Program, Neurology, 1989
    Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1988
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1987
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • MBCHB, 1980
    University of Cape Town


doctors looking at possible Zika-affected patients

Three of 48 fetuses exposed to Zika in utero had abnormal fetal magnetic resonance imaging

During a recent trip Sarah B. Mulkey, M.D., Ph.D., made to Colombia, she tested Zika-affected babies’ motor skills as they sat, stood, and lay facing upward and face down. The international study aims to answer one of the most vexing questions about Zika: If babies’ brains appear “normal” at birth, have they survived Zika exposure in the womb with few neurological repercussions?

Children's National Launches New Congenital Zika Virus Program

The Children’s National Health System Fetal Medicine Institute and Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease today announce the formation of a Congenital Zika Virus Program to serve as a dedicated resource for referring clinicians and for pregnant women to receive counseling and science-driven answers about the impact of the Zika virus on their pregnancies.

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