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Roberta Lynn DeBiasi, MD

The Center for Hospital-based Specialties

Division Chief, Infectious Disease

Children’s Research Institute (CRI)
Center for Cancer and Immunology Research
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Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Infectious Disease
Foreign LanguagesItalian
National Provider Identifier1639264880

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Roberta Lynn DeBiasi, MD, is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. After ten years in Colorado, she relocated to the DC area in 2006. Dr. DeBiasi’s research interests include the pathogenesis of serious viral infections such as myocarditis and encephalitis (infection of the heart and brain), and the development of novel treatments. For her research contributions, she was awarded the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award, and is currently funded by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Her clinical expertise and interests focus on infections of the central nervous system and heart, as well as emerging viral infectious diseases. She is the author of a multitude of original research and review articles, as well as textbook chapters in the realm of infectious diseases. She is actively involved in the education and mentoring of graduate students, residents, infectious disease fellows, and community physicians. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and fine arts with her husband and two young children.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education Boston University Boston, MABachelor of Arts 1984 -1988
Medical School University of Virginia School of Medicine Charlottesville, VADoctor of Medicine 1988 -1992
National & International Recognitions
Top DoctorsNorthern Virginia Magazine2013
Golden Apple Teaching Award CNMC Residency Program 2007
Young Investor AwardInfectious Disease Society of America2002
John R. Horsley PrizeUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine2002

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
FellowAmerican Academy of Pediatrics2005
MemberSociety for Pediatric Research2004
MemberAmerican Society for Microbiology2000
MemberAmerican Society for Virology1998
MemberPediatric Infectious Disease Society1996
MemberInfectious Diseases Society of America 1996
MemberNIAID Collaborative Antiviral Study Group 2002
TitleStudy NameInstitutionYears
Principal InvestigatorApoptosis in Viral Myocarditis NIH2002
Principal InvestigatorPhase III Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial of Valganciclovir for Symptomatic Congenital CMV InfectionChildren's National Medical Center2009
Principal InvestigatorTennessee Unexplained Encephalitis Surveillance Project Children’s National Medical Center 2007
Read more about the research interests of Roberta Lynn DeBiasi
Journal Article, Miyamoto SD, Robinson BA, Tyler KL, Brown RD, Long CS, DeBiasi RL. (2009), Cardiac cell-specific apoptotic and cytokine responses to reovirus infection: Determinants of myocarditic phenotype., Journal of Cardiac Failure, 15, 6, 529-539.

Journal Article, Levin MJ, DeBiasi RL, Bostik V, and Schmid DS. (2008), Herpes zoster with skin lesions and meningitis caused by two different genotypes of the Oka Varicella-Zoster Virus vaccine. , Journal of Infectious Diseases., 198, 10, 1444-1447.

Journal Article, Miyamoto SD, DeBiasi RL, and Long CS. (2008), Novel therapeutic targets in viral myocarditis. , Future Virology. , 3, 4, 373-381.

Conference Presentation - Workshop, Maikarfi,S., Patel, K., Smoak, K., Sherry, B., Tyler, KL. and DeBiasi, RL (2008), Heat Shock Proteins and G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling as Key Determinants of Viral Myocarditis, Workshop session presented at the International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy , Washington, DC

Journal Article, DeBiasi RL and Tyler KL. (2006), West Nile virus meningoencephalitis., Nature Clinical Practice Neurology., 2, 5, 264-275.

Journal Article, Clarke P, DeBiasi RL, Goody R, Hoyt CC, Richardson-Burns S, and Tyler KL. (2005), Mechanisms of reovirus-induced cell death and tissue injury: Role of apoptosis and virus-induced perturbation of host-cell signaling and transcription factor activation. , Viral Immunology. , 18, 89-115.

Journal Article, DeBiasi RL. (2004), Molecular methods for diagnosis of viral encephalitis. , Clinical Microbiology Reviews., 17, 903-925.

Journal Article, DeBiasi RL, Robinson BA, Sherry B, Long C, and Tyler KL. (2004), Caspase inhibition is protective against virus-induced myocardial injury in vitro and in vivo. , Journal of Virology. , 78, 11040-11050.

Journal Article, DeBiasi RL, Clarke P, Meintzer S, Jotte R, Kleinschmidt-Demasters BK, Johnson G, and Tyler KL. (2003), Reovirus-induced alteration in expression of apoptosis and DNA repair genes with potential roles in viral pathogenesis. , Journal of Virology., 77, 8934-8947.

Journal Article, DeBiasi RL, DeMasters BK, Richardson-Burns S, and Tyler KL. (2002), Neuronal apoptosis in human Herpes Simplex virus and Cytomegalovirus encephalitis., Journal of Infectious Diseases., 186, 1547-1557.

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

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