Children’s National Hospital named Roberta L. DeBiasi, M.D., M.S., as the Robert H. Parrott Professor of Pediatric Research at Children’s National Hospital.
Dr. DeBiasi is chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s National. She leads the hospital’s response to emerging and highly contagious diseases and co-leads the Children’s National Congenital Infection Program. Dr. DeBiasi is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Translational Research at Children’s National Research Institute. She is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University.
About the award
Professorships at Children’s National support groundbreaking work on behalf of children and their families and foster new discoveries and innovations in pediatric medicine. These appointments carry prestige and honor that reflect the recipient’s achievements and donor’s forethought to advance and sustain knowledge. The Robert H. Parrott Professorship in Pediatric Research is one of 47 endowed chairs at Children’s National.
Dr. DeBiasi leads a multidisciplinary team of experts caring for children with infectious diseases and tracking disease transmission to help limit spread and prevent outbreaks. The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is a key referral center in the Washington, D.C., area, helping thousands of patients each year. The division also promotes prevention through community outreach and education.
Dr. DeBiasi’s wide-ranging research portfolio includes studies and clinical trials focused on COVID-19, MIS-C, influenza, Ebola, Lyme disease, Zika and other infections affecting pregnant women, newborns and children. She is the institutional lead of the Lyme Clinical Trials Network, and Principal Investigator for a study focused on long term outcomes in children with all stages of Lyme Disease in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She also leads COVID-19 and MIS-C research at Children’s National and is Principal Investigator of a 3-year comprehensive longitudinal study of outcomes in children with COVID-19 and MIS-C in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. DeBiasi has authored more than 120 original research, review articles and book chapters. Her research awards include the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award and the John Horsley Prize from the University of Virginia.
“This Chair is particularly meaningful to me because Dr. Parrott was a legendary leader,” says Dr. DeBiasi. “I have read and heard about his legacy at Children’s National for many years. Additionally, he was a virologist, and the focus of my academic career and research has been virology. This wonderful honor will greatly benefit the work of our Infectious Disease Division, and I look forward to working to utilize it to its full potential.”
About the donors
The Robert H. Parrott Professorship in Pediatric Research is supported by many generous donors, including the Charles Engelhard Foundation and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, Inc. Through their vision and generosity, these donors are ensuring that Dr. DeBiasi and future holders of this professorship will launch bold, new initiatives to rapidly advance the field of pediatric infectious diseases, elevate our leadership and improve the health of children in the nation’s capital and around the world.