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Congenital Infection Program

Contact number | 202-476-7409
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One-of-a-Kind Program

We are one of the first comprehensive congenital infection programs in the country, dedicated to providing care during and after your pregnancy.

When you are pregnant, your greatest priority is protecting the health of your baby. A congenital infection is caused by a virus or bacteria. The infection is passed to the baby during pregnancy or may be in the birth canal during delivery.

If you are concerned about a congenital infection and wonder whether your child could be affected, turn to the experts in the Congenital Infection Program at Children’s National Hospital.

Choosing Children’s National for Congenital Infection Care

Children’s National is home to one of the first specialized programs for congenital infections in the region, and we are dedicated to providing your child with the best possible care.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Unparalleled expertise and care. Our team of experts provide expecting families with a comprehensive diagnosis and care plan. As one of the first comprehensive specialty programs in the country, we have the right team and expertise to ensure that you receive quality care and treatment. Meet our team.
  • Innovative research that can help your child. Our program, a collaboration between the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute and Division of Infectious Disease, is led by Sarah B. Mulkey, M.D., Ph.D., and Roberta DeBiasi, M.D., two of the foremost experts in their fields. Together, they lead a team of physicians and scientists who are involved in ongoing research working toward furthering understanding the impact of congenital infections on the developing brain.
  • Seamless process with support services. Our program’s specialists are here to provide you and your doctor with an accurate and streamlined diagnosis and management plan. In addition, our compassionate care coordinators will work closely with you to streamline testing and schedule follow-up tests as needed.

Contact Information

For questions about the Congenital Infection Program or if you have been exposed to a congenital infection, please call 202-476-7409 or email us.

Congenital Infection Program Team

  • Roberta DeBiasi

    Roberta L. DeBiasi
    Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
    Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program
    Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
    Investigator, Children's National Research Institute

  • Sarah Mulkey

    Sarah Mulkey
    Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
    Director, Prenatal and Neonatal Fellowship
    Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist

  • Adre duPlessis

    Adre Du Plessis
    Division Chief, Prenatal and Transitional Pediatrics
    Director, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute
    Director, Prenatal Brain Program

  • Gilbert Vezina

    Louis Vezina
    Director, Neuroradiology Program

  • Lindsay Pesacreta

    Lindsay Pesacreta
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Dorothy Bulas

    Dorothy Bulas
    Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology