Mark Batshaw

Profile Updated: May 20, 2018
Residing In Washington, DC USA
Spouse/Partner Karen Batshaw
Occupation Physician-in-Chief and Chief Academic Officer, Children's National Health System, D.C.
Children Elissa, born 1972
Micheael, born 1973
Andrew, born 1977

My career has been in academic pediatrics. I have had a fairly traditional career. I studied at the University of Pennsylvania (BS), University of Chicago (MD), Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (residency) and Johns Hopkins (fellowship) where I remained on faculty for 15 years. My specialty is developmental pediatrics and pediatric neurology, working primary with children with disabilities. At Hopkins I earned so little money and with 3 young children I took a second job teaching a course on handicapped children at the School of Education. That turned into a textbook, children with disabilities, now entering its 8th edition and with 200,000 copies in print ( and I am known as the Dr. Spock for children with disabilities.

My research career has been marked by successes and failures. I work in the field of birth defects and inborn errors of metabolism. I developed, with a collaborator, a series of medication that converted one of these disorders, urea cycle disorders, from a fatal into a treatable disease. However, I also had a disaster when I was a pioneer in using gene therapy and one of our subjects died and the FDA found us lacking in the way we performed the study. This was 19 years ago and I recovered and continue to perform research in this area.

For almost 16 years I was Chairman of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Washington University School of Medicine and am head physician at the children's hospital in Washington. Here I am responsible for the academic and clinical aspects of the hospital. I only see patients one day a week now but I still teach.

My home life has been happy and stable. I have been married for almost 50 years to Karen, an international adoptions social worker and novelist. We have 3 children and 9 grandkids scattered across the country. Our daughter is a school psychologist, our older son a psychotherapist and our younger son a software engineer/MBA.

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Dear Peter: I am sorry to hear about Marie's illness. I am sure she is getting excellent care but if I could be of any help with referrals to the NIH clinical center for new immunotherapy trials or to the Hopkins Cancer Center I would like to help. I have strong connections with both in my role as Physician-in-Chief of Children's Hospital. All my best.

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