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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Thanks, Georgia. Hope you are well and enjoying life. Mark

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I wish you the best for a rapid recovery, Margy. Mark

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Posted on: Sep 19, 2023 at 4:48 PM

Sorry to miss the 60th as my wife and I will be in Greece. I am still working as an academic pediatrician at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. I retired as Physician-in-Chief two years ago and since then have co-directed a Pediatric Disaster Network of 10 Children's Hospitals working on disaster preparedness (out of my work as Physician in Chief during the pandemic). This is a $50M grant from the federal government over 5 yrs. I also co-direct an NIH Rare diseases research training grant and a neurodevelopmental disabilities training grant. I see kids with developmental disabilities in a teaching clinic one day a week. My work day has changed so I do in person meetings in the morning, come home for lunch with my wife followed by a walk with our dog and then Zoom meetings the rest of the afternoon/evening. We now have 4 of our 9 grandkids in college, two in DC (GW and UMD) and they come for dinner on Sunday. Life is good so far! I wish all of you the very best in health and happiness.

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Mark Batshaw has left an In Memory comment for Jane Rosenblum Pollack.
Dec 22, 2020 at 9:40 PM

Died Jan. 1, 1998

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October 26, 1945 - June 19, 2014

Mark Batshaw has left an In Memory comment for Ben Kemper.
Dec 22, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Benjamin Henry Kemper , M.B.A., came to Dartmouth from Milburn High School as a National Merit Letter of Commendation scholar. He majored in Government, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, and student workshops. After College, he picked up the M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Business School. He worked for FMC Corporation in Santa Clara, California. Ben died on June 15, 1998.

Mark Batshaw has left an In Memory comment for Elaine Jamison Timler.
Dec 22, 2020 at 8:33 PM

Timler , Elaine (Lanie) J., 62, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed away on August 3, 2007 in Gainesville, FL after a long illness. Lanie was born on April 14, 1945 in Morristown, NJ.  She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Paul; daughter, Sondra Kurtz of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; son, Paul Timler, Jr. of Gainesville, FL. Lanie attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Lanie taught school and was assistant principal at St. Anthony's in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Lanie also taught at Lauderhill Middle School and Sunrise Middle School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she excelled in teaching math to her students. She was "Teacher of the Year" at Sunrise Middle School.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 8:22 PM

George Robert Flynn, 69, of Fredon Township, Feb. 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. George was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Summit and was raised in Millburn. Growing up, George was an accomplished athlete and was inducted into Millburn High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. After schooling, he turned his focus to a successful career in information technology. George dedicated the later part of his career to developing new and innovative programs as the chairman of the business programs of Gibbs College.

George's became an active member of the Knights of Columbus where he earned his 4th degree. George had a big heart and always thought of others. He was the driving force behind the New Eyes for the Needy program, and spent many hours collecting food to feed the hungry. He made everyone's day better for having interacted with him. His wife, children and grandchildren were the true joy of his life.

George leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Linda Flynn; his two daughters and their husbands

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Dec 22, 2020 at 8:12 PM

Mary Kristofa Diggs, 74, of Bethlehem, Pa., passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at her residence. Mary was born on June 20, 1945 in St. Louis, MO to the late William and Eunice (Nelson) Diggs. In 1963, she graduated from Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ and in 1967 she graduated from Mary Washington University Fredericksburg, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She spent one year at University of Madrid, Spain in 1967/68 where she studied Education and the Humanities. After receiving her PhD from Montclair State University in English, Mary worked as the English Department chairperson, supervisor of English in the Newark, NJ public school system from 1986 to 2005 before retiring. Previously she taught English in the Newark, NJ public school system from 1971 to 1985. Mary was a member of the Northampton County Election Commission, Morning Star Rotary and the Newark Pre-School Council Board. She was the founder and president of the Newark, NJ Council for the Humanities. She was an avid reader, was very involved with the Republican Party in Northampton County, but above all she loved spending time with her family.

Mark Batshaw has left an In Memory comment for Helen Bolan Warley.
Dec 22, 2020 at 7:58 PM

Helen Bolan, died in North Broward Medical Center, Pompano Beach, Fla., on June 11, 2006. She was 61. Born in New York City, she lived in Short Hills, Morris Plains and Maplewood until she moved to Florida 20 years ago. She was a legal secretary at Foster Wheeler Corporation and several law firms. Daughter of the late William and Helen Bolan, she is survived by her stepmother, Dorothy F. Bolan, her brothers, William F. Bolan Jr., John J. Bolan and Michael P. Bolan, and her nieces and nephews. 

Mark Batshaw has left an In Memory comment for Bill Aubel.
Dec 22, 2020 at 7:54 PM

William F. "Billy McEvoy" Aubel, 66, of Bonita Springs, died Sunday, January 1, 2012. Formerly of Bucks County, PA, he had been a Bonita resident since January, 2000. He was born April 11, 1945 in Orange, NJ, the son of Verne W. and Frances H. (née McEvoy) Aubel. A lifelong musician and lover of song, Bill relished musical composition and entertaining. He especially enjoyed performing, whether solo or with area musicians, and sharing his love of song at many venues across Southwest Florida. Bill also was founder and President of Aubel Associates, Inc., an executive recruiting firm. 

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Dec 22, 2020 at 7:51 PM

John A. “Jack” Arimenta, 70, of Allentown, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Millburn, he resided with his family in Chatham, prior to moving to Allentown in 2002. A US Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam Era, Jack worked for the Bell Telephone Systems for most of his life. He was a member of St. John’s R.C. Church in Allentown and the Knights of Columbus #7333. Jack was active in his community and volunteered for the Allentown Food Pantry, the Prison Ministry and the Visitation Home in Yardville. He was devoted to his family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Son of the late Frank and Ruth Arimenta, he was predeceased by his brother, Frank Arimenta, Jr. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lynne Arimenta; his two daughters, Jacqulynn Arimenta and her husband Richard Fox of Newtown, PA and Joelle Arimenta and her husband Vinny Smith of Allentown; his granddaughters, Molly and Ruby Smith; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Joyce Arimenta of Princeton; a sister, Joanne Loya of Annandale as well as several nieces and nephews.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Donald Warren VanTassel died Monday January 6, 2014 in Hunterdon County, NJ. He was 68.
Donald was born in Port Chester, NY on October 1, 1945, a son of the late Irene (Swift) and Douglas VanTassel. He lived in Millburn, Millington, and Washington Township NJ before moving to The Villages FL 4 years ago. They were back and forth though out the year to their home in FL and their current NJ home in Whitehouse Station.

He was a graduate of Millburn High School class of 1963. After Graduation he enlisted in the US Army and fought during the Vietnam war from 1964 - 1967.

After an Honorable Discharge he worked for the Long Hill Township Police Department achieving the rank of Lieutenant. During this time he attended Kane College receiving a BA in Public Administration. He was also the owner and operator of At Home Pet Care, a mobile pet grooming service for over 17 years.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed travel including recent trips to Russia and Germany.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen A (Brosky) VanTassel, his son DJ and his wife Tammy, a daughter Jennifer and her husband Joachim Heppner, and 5 grandchildren Jessica, Julia, Ryan, Lauren and Jack.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 7:22 PM

DUNETZ Charles S. Dunetz Founding partner of Roseland law firm, 62 Charles S. Dunetz, 62, of West Orange died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at home. Funeral services will be held at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. Born in Newark, Mr. Dunetz lived in Millburn and moved to West Orange five years ago. An attorney, he was one of the founding partners of Marcus, Brody, Ford, Kessler and Sahner of Roseland, retiring six years ago. Mr. Dunetz was a graduate of Rutgers University Law School and had received a bachelor of science and economics degree from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and a masters of law degree in taxation from New York University. He was a member of the Supreme Courts District Fee Arbitration Committee and was also a member and past board member of the Cedar Hill Country Club, Livingston. He attended Temple Bnai Abraham, Livingston. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lynn (nee Globus), and was the dear son of Julia and the late Nathan J. Dunetz; devoted father of Jennifer Klepesch and Adam Dunetz; loving brother of Jane Haine; cherished grandfather of Frida, Sarah, Shayna and Charlotte.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 7:18 PM

Thomas J. Cholis Jr., 73, passed peacefully on Sunday April 14, 2019, at home from pancreatic cancer. Tom held a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, a Juris Doctor and LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a 1st Lt. with the US Army. Prior to joining Chevy Chase Trust, Tom was the Washington, DC Regional Trust Head for Crestar. His career spanned over 40 years in wealth management, fiduciary matters and business development, the last 20 with Chevy Chase Trust. He was a member of the Washington, DC Estate Planning Council and served as president. He has been a Director for a wide variety of not-for-profit and educational organizations including, Hospital for Sick Children, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Black Student Fund, The Montgomery College Foundation, The Shakespeare Theater Guild, The Helen Hayes Award Board, a member of the Executive Committee of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as the Executive Committee of the Easter Seals Society. In 1986, after the Challenger disaster Mr. Cholis created the documents establishing the trust for The Space Shuttle Children's' Fund that the supported the astronaut's children and he aided in its oversight. He was a member of Columbia Country Club. Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy Sheeran Cholis and son Thomas J. Cholis III, MD (Allison), daughter Margaret Sheeran Paton (William) and three grandchildren. The family invites friends to attend the visitation on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m., both to be held at Holy Trinity Church Catholic Church, 1315 36th St NW, Washington DC. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 9101 Rockville Pike Bethesda MD 20816.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 7:11 PM

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BLAIR--David. If you met David Blair you were unlikely to forget him! Standing at 6'4" with an impressive mustache and an infectious smile, David was known for his warmth, generosity, and whip-smart sense of humor. He was born in 1945 in Youngstown, OH, to Jean & Howard Blair and grew up there and Millburn, NJ, with his two brothers Christopher (deceased) and Robert. He graduated Millburn High School in 1963. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1967 with a degree from the school of Public and International Affairs. David met Mary Barnes his senior year and they were married in 1968. David graduated from Columbia University in 1970, with a joint JD/MBA. He joined White & Case where he made partner in 1979. While at White & Case, he was part of the lead team working with the banks to prevent the financial collapse of New York City in 1975. It was during this time that David and Mary moved to New Jersey and settled in Summit to raise their family. In 1984, David joined Morgan Stanley and Co. and eventually became a managing director in the private wealth division. By 2000 when he retired, after a five year stretch in the London office, he was the head of Private Wealth Management for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and Chairman of Global Risk Management. David and Mary returned to the States in 2000 and moved to Princeton, NJ. Not one to slow down, David began working at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He served as their Director of Corporate Relations for 10 years, helping to create the new Masters in Finance program, and advising graduate and undergraduate students. His greatest pleasure there was teaching a Freshman Seminar on Modern Financial Markets. David spent the last few years of his life at Stonebridge, a Springpoint Senior Living facility, as he bravely faced Parkinson's disease. His time there was another connection, as he had served as a trustee on the Springpoint Foundation Board for 12 years. David is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Blair and his two children: David Blair with wife Thuy, and Kate Elliott with husband Brendan. He has three grandchildren, Jack, Nora, and Rosie, who have inherited his love of the Mets, card skills, and joy for living. The family is postponing a memorial until later in 2021. Donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation and Princeton AlumniCorps.

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