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Shireen Atabaki, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine Specialist
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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 Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine

National Provider ID: 1861586950

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Outside Interests

  •  AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP 



Shireen Atabaki, M.D., MPH, is a physician in Children's National Emergency Department. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Atabaki’s area of expertise is in concussion and knowledge translation.  

Through her work, Dr. Atabaki has brought national and international recognition to pediatric concussion. She received the National Heroes Award for Research, awarded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, for her leadership in research to reduce unnecessary CT scans and radiation in children with traumatic brain injury. 

Dr. Atabaki leads the HITS for Kids Program (Health IT Solutions for Kids), a national initiative to improve concussion care for children by knowledge translation of evidence-based medicine harnessing health IT. The program brings the best medicine to the doctor and health team at the patient’s bedside, to provide the best medical care to children and engage healthcare providers in mindful medicine. 

She has a love for teaching and has mentored over forty trainees who have gone on to productive careers in healthcare. Her emphasis in mentorship is helping her mentees retain the altruism and compassion that brought them to healthcare in the first place. 

Dr. Atabaki is a member of the federally funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network Steering Committee and founded and chaired the Concussion Working Group for that network. She serves on the board of the Big Data Analytics in Health Conference, (Singapore, 2014), guiding the future in big data research. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Pediatric Research and Councilmember of the American Federation for Medical Research. 

Dr. Atabaki lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children, where she engages in the practice of mindful medicine.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MPH, Public Health, 1998
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1998
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1995
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1993
    Children's National Medical Center
  • MD, 1992
    Howard University College of Medicine


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A Clinical Decision Rule for Cranial Computed Tomography in Minor Pediatric Head Trauma

(2008) Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Bilious Emesis in Pediatric Emergency Department Etiology and Outcome

(2002) Clinical Pediatrics

Could it Be Cardiac

(2005) Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Do Children with Normal Cranial CT Scans After Blunt Head Trauma Require Hospitalization for Observation

(2008) Academy of Emergency Medicine

Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury by the Prehospital Provider

(2008) Emergency Medical Services Conference- Winterfest

Pediatric Head Injury

(2007) Pediatrics In Review

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Research in the Chesapeake Area Research Network

(2008) Pediatric Research Forum (Maryland Institute of Emergency Medicine)

Practice Pattern Variation in Head CT Use in Children with Minor Blunt Head Trauma Evaluated in the Emergency Department Is There an Association with Physician Training

(2008) Academy of Emergency Medicine

Prehospital Evaluation and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

(2006) Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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