David Bearden, MD

David Bearden, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Central nervous system infections, Early-life epilepsy, Global Health, HIV, International medicine
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    David Bearden, MD, is a clinical instructor at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and medical director of the International Medicine Program for Neurology.

    Dr. Bearden obtained his medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Pediatrics at CHOP in 2008, and then completed a residency in Neurology/Child Neurology and a research fellowship at CHOP.

    Dr. Bearden is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology.  He is a principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH grants investigating neurologic complications of HIV. 

    Dr. Bearden is a member of the the American Academy of Neurology, the International Child Neurology Association, and the Child Neurology Society.  He is a frequent lecturer locally and at national and international medical meetings on topics related to pediatric neurology, early-life epilepsy, and HIV.  He has published papers in journals such as Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Seminars in Child Neurology, and JAIDS.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY

    Residency

    Pediatric Neurology - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Pediatrics - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Research - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Child Neurology
    Pediatrics

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Neurologic complications of HIV
    Novel therapies for early-life epilepsy
    Neuro-epidemiology in low-resource settings

  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    David Bearden. Evaluation of Ataxia in Children. In: Licht and Florance, editors. Curbside Consultation in Pediatric Neurology. 2013.

    Bearden, D. Beslow L.  Pediatric Stroke. In: Ludwig and Florin, editors. Netter's Pediatrics. 2011.

    Abstracts

    2015

    Patel P, Baier J, Barinov E, Kurana E, Monokwane B, Bearden D. Health Beliefs Regarding Cerebral Palsy in Botswana: A qualitative study (P2. 323). Neurology. 2015;84 (14 Supplement):P2-323.

    Baier J, Baranov E, Monokwane B, Khurana E, Bearden D. Performance Characteristics of the WHO Ten Question Screen in Children with HIV in Botswana (S37. 002). Neurology. 2015;84 (14 Supplement):S37-002.

    2014

    Bearden DR, Kurana E, Monokwane B. Maternal HIV is a Risk Factor for Pediatric Cerebral Palsy in Botswana. ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY. 2014;76 S219-S219.

    Bearden DR, Strong A, Ehnot J, DiGiovine M, Dlugos DJ, Goldberg EM. Targeted Treatment of Malignant Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy with Quinidine. ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY. 2014;76 S195-S195.
     

    Baranov E, Baier J, Monokwane B, Khurana E, Bearden D. Cerebral Palsy in Children in Botswana: Outcomes and Comorbidities (I7-1B). Neurology. 2015;84 (14 Supplement):I7-1B.

    Bearden D, Strong A, Dlugos D, DiGiovine M, Goldberg E. Targeted Treatment of Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy with Quinidine (I6-2B). Neurology. 2015;84 (14 Supplement):I6-2B.

    Papers

    2015

    Bearden D, Steenhoff AP, Dlugos DJ et al. Early Antiretroviral Therapy Is Protective Against Epilepsy in Children With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Botswana. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2015;69 (2):193-199.

    2014

    Kirsten A Donald, Angelina M. Kakooza, Robinson D. Wammanda, Macpherson Mallewa, Pauline Samia, Haydar Babakir, David Bearden, Annette Majnemer, Darcy Fehlings, Michael Shevell, Harry Chugani and Jo M. Wilmshurst: Pediatric Cerebral Palsy in Africa: Where are we? Journal of Child Neurology 2014.

    David Bearden, Alanna Strong, Jessica Ehnot, Marissa DiGiovine, Dennis Dlugos, Ethan Goldberg: Targeted Treatment of Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy with Quinidine. Annals of Neurology 2014.

    D’aco, K, Bearden D and Ficicioglu C.: Severe 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Deficiency and 2 MTHFR Variants in an Adolescent with Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy. Pediatric Neurology 2014.

    Posters and Presentations

    2014

    Bearden D, Monokwana B, Kolson D, Bisson G. Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy in Botswana. Poster. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2014. 

    Baranov E,  Baier J,. and Bearden D.  Cerebral Palsy in Children in Botswana: Etiology, Outcomes & Comorbidities.  Poster.  Presented at CHOP Global Health Conference November 2014.

    Bearden D, Kurana E and Monokwane B.  Maternal HIV is a risk factor for pediatric cerebral palsy in Botswana.  Poster.  Presented at Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting October 2014.

    Bearden D, Strong A, Ehnot J, DiGiovine M, Dlugos D, Goldberg EM.  Targeted Treatment of Malignant Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy with Quinidine.  Poster.  Presented at Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting October 2014.

    Khurana E and Bearden D. Stroke in Children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Botswana: A Report of Six Cases. Poster. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. April 2014. 

    Bearden D, Bisson G, Kolson D, Steenhoff A, Kessler S, Dlugos D. Risk Factors for Epilepsy in Children with HIV/AIDS in Botswana. Poster. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting April 2014. 2014. Notes: Selected for Dual Presentation for Integrated Neuroscience Session on Global Burden Neurological Diseases.

    2013

    Kurana E, Monokwane B, Majhani L, Bearden D. Stroke in Children with HIV/AIDS in Botswana: A review of six cases. Poster/Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting 2013. 

    D. Bearden and B. Monokwane. Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy in Children with HIV/AIDS in Botswana. Oral abstract, World Congress of Neurology. 2013. 

    Bearden D and Monokwane B. Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy in Children with HIV/AIDS in Botswana. Poster/Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting. 2013. 

    D. Bearden, D. Dlugos, K. Brizzi, E. Lowenthal, E. Tracey, S. Kessler. Epilepsy in Children with HIV/AIDS in Botswana: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Outcomes. Oral abstract, World Congress of Neurology 2013. 

    Ferastroaru V, Bearden D, Farmakidis C. Broadening the Radiographic Spectrum of PML. Poster, American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. 2013. 

  • Awards and Honors

    2014, 2015, Neurobowl Champion, AAN Annual Meeting
    2012, 2014, National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program
    2012, Fellow Scholarship to AAN Annual Meeting
    2006, Robert Joynt Award in Clinical Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine
    2006, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
    2004, International Medicine Research Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine
    1997, Research Award, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

  • Editorial and Academic Positions
    Editorial Positions
    Ad hoc reviewer

    2015, International Journal of STD & AIDS
    2014, Cardiology in the Young
    2014-present, Epilepsia
    2014, Pediatric Neurology
    2014, Frontiers in Microbiology
    2012-present, Neurology
    2008-present, Journal of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Institutional Committees

    2014-present, Education Representative to the Department of Pediatrics

    2013-present, General Education Committee, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    2014-present, Protocol Review Committee, University of Botswana School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics 

  • Leaderships
    Memberships in Professional Organizations

    2013-present, Child Neurology Society
    2012-present, African Child Neurology Association
    2010-present, International Child Neurology Association
    2008-present, American Academy of Neurology 2013-present