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Mark Batshaw, MD

Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief
Chief Academic Officer
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  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Ped/Neurodevelop. Disabilities

National Provider ID: 1639250442



Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., is Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Physician-In-Chief at Children’s National Health System, and also serves as Director of Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Batshaw also holds the Fight for Children Professorship in the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

He received a medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and a fellowship in neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins. He previously served on the faculty of John Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Batshaw has spent his entire career caring for children with developmental disabilities. He has published more than 200 articles and reviews and is senior editor of the classic textbook, “Children With Disabilities,” now entering its eighth edition. Dr. Batshaw’s research has focused on inborn errors of urea synthesis, in which he is considered an international authority and he has been continuously funded as an National Institutes of Health Principal Investigator for over 40 years.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Developmental Pediatrics, 1975
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1973
    University of Toronto
  • MD, 1971
    University of Chicago
  • BA, Natural Science, 1967
    University of Pennsylvania


NIAID and Children's National partner to advance pediatric clinical research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Children’s National Health System, a pediatric academic medical center in Washington, have launched a clinical research partnership devoted to treating and preventing allergic, immunologic and infectious diseases in children. An inaugural symposium will take place at Children’s National on Sept. 17, 2018, to highlight the partnership and discuss current and future directions for its research activities.

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Like a Phoenix, the field of gene therapy undergoes rebirth powered by new innovations

As Dr. Batshaw passes the gavel to the next president of the American Pediatric Society during the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting, he will tell 1,000 expected attendees of his Presidential Address that “not a day goes by that I don't think of Jesse Gelsinger and his family and hope that the work our team has continued will honor him by eventually achieving success with gene therapy.” In an act of altruism, 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger had joined the trial with the aim of helping other kids suffering from metabolic disorder.

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Mark L. Batshaw, MD, Receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

Mark L. Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President, Physician-In-Chief, and Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National Health System, received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for his outstanding contributions in the field of child development and behavior. The award was presented at the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Washington, DC, on October 24 at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A Pilot Study of In Vivo Liver Directed Gene Transfer With an Adenoriral Vector in Subjects with Partial Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency

(2002) Gene Therapy

Brain Development and the Ontogeny of Developmental Disabilities

(2002) Advanced Pediatrics

Correction of Argininosuccinate Synthetase AS Deficiency in a Murine Model of Citrullinemia With Recombinant Adenovirus Carrying Human AS cDNA

(2000) Gene Therapy

Differences in the Human and Mouse Amino Terminal Leader Peptides of Ornithine Transcarbamylase Affect Mitochondrial Import and Efficacy of Adenoviral Vectors

(2001) Human Gene Therapy

Fatal Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome in a Orthinine Transcarbamylase Deficient Patient Following Adenoviral Gene Transfer

(2003) Molecular Genetics and Metabolism

LongTerm Gene Transfer to Mouse Fetuses With Recombinant Adenoviral and AdenoAssociated Virus AAV Vectors

(2000) Gene Therapy

Metabolic and Neuropsychological Phenotype in Women Heterozygous for Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency

(2004) Annals of Neurology

Prospects for Prenatal Gene Therapy in Disorders Causing Mental Retardation

(2001) Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews

The Origins of Autism

(2001) Pediatric Research

Transient Depletion of CD4 Lymphocyte Improved Efficacy of Repeated Administration of Recombinant Adenovirus in the Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency Sparse Fur Mice

(2000) Gene Therapy

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