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Robert Francis Keating, MD

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The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Division Chief, Neurosurgery

Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program)
Craniofacial Program
Fetal and Transitional Medicine

Movement Disorders Program
Neurofibromatosis Institute
Spina Bifida Program

Specialties: Chiari Malformations , Brachial Plexis Palsy, Brain Tumors, Craniosynostosis, Congenital Spine Deformities, Gliomas in Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida

Board CertificationsAmerican Bd of Neuro. Surgery
National Provider Identifier1952489114

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Children's Outpatient Center of Montgomery County
*Note: GPS and online direction tools such as MapQuest or Yahoo Maps do not work for this location. Please use "Driving Directions" provided below:

Shady Grove Medical Park
9850 Key West Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
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Phone: 301-765-5400 or 800-787-0243
Fax: 301-765-5497
*Ambulatory Surgery Center 301-765-5500

Children's Outpatient Center of Montgomery County (Neuropsychology)

15245 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 (South Building)
Rockville, MD 20850
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Phone: 301-765-5430
Fax: 301-765-5497

Driving Directions: From points south:
  • I-270 North towards Frederick
  • Take exit 8, stay in left lane
  • Turn left onto Shady Grove Road. Stay in the left-hand lane
  • After crossing over I-270, turn left at second light onto Corporate Boulevard
  • Take the first or second left turn into the parking area.
    You will want to enter the building at the South Entrance (the end of the building closest to the parking lot entrance). When inside the lobby, take the elevator to the Third Floor. As you exit the elevator, our office will be immediately to your left.
From points west:
  • I-270 South
  • Take exit 8 for Shady Grove Road
  • Stay in the left of the two right-hand turn lanes
  • After turning right onto Shady Grove Road, get in the far left lane and make a left onto Corporate Boulevard at the first light
  • Take the first or second left turn into the parking area
    You will want to enter the building at the South Entrance (the end of the building closest to the parking lot entrance). When inside the lobby, take the elevator to the Third Floor. As you exit the elevator, our office will be immediately to your left.

The division of Neuropsychology includes the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which can be reached directly at the following numbers:
To make an appointment:

Contact Christine Amerasinghe

To participate in research:
Contact Autism Research Staff

Center Manager: Frances Lewandowski

Children's Outpatient Center in Annapolis

888 Bestgate Road
Suite 320
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Phone: 410-266-6582
Fax: 410-266-0943
Center Manager: Sheilah Pape
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Robert Keating, MD, is the chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s National Medical Center. A world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Keating is called upon by peers around the country and world to consult on best practices. He recently served on the pediatric neurosurgery peer advisory committee to US News & World Report regarding its "Best Hospitals" ranking. He is the author of two of the leading texts in the field: "Tumors of the Pediatric Centeral Nervous System" and "An Atlas of Orbitocranial Surgery," as well as the author of numerous research papers and abstracts. Dr. Keating’s areas of expertise include brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, craniofacial anomalies, chiari malformations, and spinal dysraphism, including spina bifida and tethered cord. Dr. Keating leads one of the largest pediatric neurosurgery teams in the region and is a professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at George Washington University, School of Medicine. Recently, Dr. Keating served as the lead surgeon for the 19-hour successful separation of Mateo and McHale, who were born conjoined at the lower back and spine.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education University of Vermont Burlington, VTBachelor of Arts Chemistry/ Honors Biochemistry 1975 -1979
Medical School Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DCDoctor of Medicine 1979 -1983
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National & International Recognitions
Super DoctorsWashington Post Magazine2011
Top DoctorWashingtonian Magazine2008
Top DoctorWashingtonian Magazine2005
Top DoctorWashingtonian Magazine2002
Top DoctorWashingtonian Magazine1999
Leo Davidoff Society Award for Excellence in TeachingAlbert Einstein College of Medicine1987

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberWashington Clinical Pathology Society2005 - 2011
MemberWashington Academy of Neurosurgeons2004 - 2011
MemberAmerican Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons2003 - 2011
MemberMontgomery / Prince George County Medical Society1997 - 2011
MemberAmerican Association of Neurological SurgeonsPediatric Section1996 - 2011
Conference Presentation - Poster, Keating, R. (2008), Neurogenic Factors with early onset scoliosis: Recognition Treatment and Outcome, Poster session presented at the International Society of Early-Onset Scoliosis Annual Meeting, Montreal

Conference Presentation - Poster, Keating, R. (2008), Pushing the Envelope for the Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors:The Marriage of Minimalism and Real-time Visualization, Poster session presented at the Pediatric Neuroscience Symposium, Sydney

Journal Article, Crawford, J.R., Keating, R.F., Lafond, D.A., Myseros, J.S., Packer, R.J., Santi, M.R., Vezina, G. (2007), CNS Germ Cell Tumor (CNSGCT) of Childhood: Atypical Presentation and Delayed Diagnosis, Neurology, 68, 1668-1673.

Journal Article, Bell, M.J., Berger, J., Carpenter, J., Keating, R.F., Vezina, G., Weinstein, S. (2007), Spontaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage and Vasospasm in a Child with Congenital Heart Disease, Neurocritical Care.

Book Chapter, Keating, R.F. & Yaun, A. (2007), The Brain and Nervous System: Normal and Abnormal Development, In Keating, R.F. & Yaun, A., Children with Disabilities, 6th Edition, Baltimore, MD, Brookes Publishers.

Conference Presentation - Poster, Burson, K.B., Chiari, I., Huang, M.C., Keating, R.F., Myseros, J.S., Yaun, A.L. (2007), Malformations in the very young patient: Single-Center Surgical Experience in Pediatric Patients 5 Years and Younger, Poster session presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Meeting, Washington, DC

Journal Article, Boyajian, M.J., Keating, R.F., Miller, M.M., Nik, N.A., Persaud, T.O. (2006), Solitary Orbital Infantile Myofibroma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature, Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 10, 283-284.

Journal Article, Keating, R.F. & Pollack, I.F. (2005), New Delivery Approaches for Pediatric Brain Tumors, Journal of Neuro-oncology, 75, 315-326.

Journal Article, Keating, R.F., Lee, Y.S., Mena, H., Miettinin, M., Olsen, C., Packer, R., Quesado, M., Rueda, M.E., Rushing, E.J., Santi, M. (2005), Central Nervous System Meningiomas in the First Two Decades of Life: Clinicopathologic Evaluation of 87 Cases, Journal of Neurosurgery, 103, 489-495.

Journal Article, Arcement, R., Bryne, J., Carolan, S., Keating, R.F., Kozlowski, M., Reid, S., Taller, I. (2005), An Intervention Study to Increase Knowledge and Use of Folic Acid Among Relatives in Neural Tube Defect-affected Families in Washington, DC, Birth Defects Research, 73, 424-429.

For a more comprehensive list of publications for Robert Keating, MD view the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database

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