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Meet Our Program Director


Hello Children’s National Hospital,

We are pleased to announce that Aisha N. Barber, M.D., M.Ed., has been recruited back to Children’s National to succeed Dewesh Agrawal, M.D., as our Pediatric Residency Program Director. 

Dr. Barber is a pediatric hospitalist and medical educator. A native of New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2006. She earned graduate certificates through the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program and the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program prior to completing a Masters in Education at George Washington University.

She was a hospitalist attending at Children's National for 11 years (2006 – 2017) when she spent most of her clinical time on the hospitalist academic teams. She served as an Associate Director of the pediatric residency program at Children's National for six years (2011 – 2017). During that time she collaborated to create innovative approaches to education and patient care issues in the areas of assessment, diversity and inclusion, escalation of care, residents as teachers and medical simulation. She also contributed to the maintenance of a personal approach in our large program by serving as portfolio advisor, REACH mentor, faculty mentor for resident diversity initiatives and informal mentor to many of our residents.

Dr. Barber is mother to both a toddler and a tween which has honed her diplomacy skills. Most recently, this has also given her the opportunity to see our healthcare system through the lens of a parent with a child who had special healthcare needs early in life. This added to her appreciation of the impact that the healthcare team, and residents in particular, can have on patients and families.

She is excited to return to Children's National as the new Director of the Pediatric Residency Program. She considers it a privilege to work with this team to serve the world's children by contributing to the educations and well-beings of their future pediatricians and healthcare leaders.

Welcome back, Dr. Barber!

Regards to all,

Dewesh Agrawal, M.D.
Vice-Chair for Education/Designated Institutional Official

Stephen J. Teach, M.D., M.P.H.
The Wendy Goldberg Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.
Physician-In-Chief and Chief Academic Officer