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Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH

Chief of Emergency Medicine


Robert J. Freishtat, M.D., M.P.H., is Senior Investigator in the Center for Genetic Medicine of the Children’s Research Institute and is Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National. He is also a Professor with Tenure in Pediatrics and Genomics and Precision Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s National. During this time, he completed a M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He has remained on faculty at Children’s National for more than one decade during which time he has served in a joint clinical and applied research role.

Dr. Freishtat’s research has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health since 2003. He is the principal investigator for international collaboratives studying injury/repair in the lung and systems biology investigations in obesity. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters in the fields of lung injury, asthma, obesity and emergency medicine. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011 International Klosterfrau Award for Research of Airway Diseases in Childhood. Dr. Freishtat is Past-President of the American Federation for Medical Research and is an active member of the American Thoracic Society and Society for Pediatric Research.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MPH, 2003
    George Washington University
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2003
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2000
    Strong Memorial Hospital
  • MD, 1997
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • BS, 1993
    Pennsylvania State University


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Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Genomic expression profiling across the pediatric systemic inflammatory response syndrome sepsis and septic shock spectrum

(2009) Crit Care Med

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