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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Interventional Neuroradiology, 2010
    Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Neuroradiology, 2009
    Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, 2008
    George Washington University Hospital
  • Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), 2004
    George Washington University Hospital
  • Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), 2003
    George Washington University Hospital
  • MD, 2002
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • BA, 1998
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology/Neuroradiology
  • American Board of Radiology

National Provider ID: 1821264094


Monica Pearl, M.D., is a board-certified American Board of Radiology diplomate with subspecialty fellowship training and certification in Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. She is also an Associate Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Doctor of Medicine from Duke University. Dr. Pearl trained in general surgery and diagnostic radiology at the George Washington University and completed fellowships in both Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Johns Hopkins University, where she was on faculty from 2010 – 2020. 

Her career is dedicated to the care of children with neurovascular disorders, and she brings her expertise to Children’s National Hospital in the areas of cerebrovascular pathology, novel CNS drug delivery platforms and innovative endovascular therapies for CNS disorders including intractable seizures due to hemimegalencephaly.

She has been the recipient of numerous research awards from private foundations as well as from state and federal (NIH) funding sources. Her research is focused on radiation dose reduction strategies and innovative endovascular therapies for pediatric tumors of the head, neck and spine. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Pearl on the American Journal of Neuroradiology Podcast.

Dr. Pearl is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology, a Senior Member of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery and a member of the Core Steering Group for the Children’s Brain Tumour Drug Delivery Consortium, an international, multidisciplinary network of clinicians and researchers dedicated to developing drug delivery systems for children with brain tumors.

Dr. Pearl is available for patient and physician consultation, image review, and sees patients at Children’s National in her clinic by appointment. 

Research & Publications

Pearl MS, Torok C, Wang J, Wyse E, Mahesh M, Gailloud P. Practical techniques for reducing radiation exposure during cerebral angiography procedures. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Feb;7(2):141-5. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2013-010982. Epub 2014 Jan 31. PMID: 24489125
Pearl MS, Torok C, Katz Z, Messina S, Blasco J, Tamargo R, Huang J, Leigh R, Zeiler S, Radvany M, Ehtiati T, Gailloud P. Diagnostic Quality and Accuracy of Low Dose 3D-DSA Protocols in the Evaluation of Intracranial Aneurysms. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 May;7(5):386-90. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011137. Epub 2014 Apr 8. PMID:c24714612
Pearl MS, Torok C, Messina SA, Radvany M, Rao S, Ehtiati, Thompson C, Gailloud P. Reducing radiation dose while maintaining diagnostic image quality of cerebral three-dimensional digital subtraction angiography: an in vivo study in swine. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Nov;6(9):672-6. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2013-010914. Epub 2013 Oct 11. PMID: 24122004. [QI]
Schneider T, Wyse E, Pearl MS. Analysis of radiation doses incurred during diagnostic cerebral angiography after the implementation of dose reduction strategies. J Neurointerv Surg. 2016 Apr 7. pii: neurintsurg-2015-012204. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2015-012204. [Epub ahead of print]
Orrù E, Mekabaty AE, Millan DS, Pearl MS, Gailloud P. Removal of Antiscatter Grids for Spinal Digital Subtraction Angiography: Dose Reduction without Loss of Diagnostic Value. [] Radiology. 2020 Mar 3:191786. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2020191786. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32125257