Rebecca N. Ichord, MD

Areas of Expertise: Early diagnosis and acute treatment and outcome predictors in childhood stroke, Emergency Room Pediatric Stroke Presentation, Multicenter clinical research for pediatric stroke, Neonatal Stroke, Neuroprotection after Cardiac Arrest, Pediatric Stroke Mimics, Stroke and Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Validation of the NIH Stroke Scale in children, Vasculopathy in Pediatric Stroke
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - New York Medical College and George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC


    Pediatrics - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC


    Pediatrics - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Pediatric Neurology - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD


    Developmental Disabilities Fellowship - J.F. Kennedy Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Board Certification

    Child Neurology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Pediatric Stroke Program

    Associate Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications



    Beslow LA, Smith SE, Vossough A, Licht DJ, Kasner SE, Favilla CG, Halperin AR, Gordon DM, Jones CI, Cucchiara AJ, Ichord RN. Hemorrhagic Transformation of Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke. Stroke. 2011 Feb 24.  Read abstract.


    D'Onofrio G, Jauch E, Jagoda A, Allen MH, Anglin D, Barsan WG, Berger RP, Bobrow BJ, Boudreaux ED, Bushnell C, Chan YF, Currier G, Eggly S, Ichord R, Larkin GL, Laskowitz D, Neumar RW, Newman-Toker DE, Quinn J, Shear K, Todd KH, Zatzick D; Roundtable External Participants and Roundtable Steering Committee and Federal Participants. NIH Roundtable on Opportunities to Advance Research on Neurologic and Psychiatric Emergencies. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 Nov;56(5):551-64. Read abstract.

    Hulbert ML, McKinstry RC, Lacey JL, Moran CJ, Panepinto JA, Thompson AA, Sarnaik SA, Woods GM, Casella JF, Inusa B, Howard J, Kirkham FJ, Anie KA, Mullin JE, Ichord R, Noetzel M, Yan Y, Rodeghier M, Debaun MR. Silent cerebral infarcts occur despite regular blood transfusion therapy after first stroke in children with sickle cell disease. Blood. 2010 Oct 12. Read abstract.

    Kessler SK, Topjian AA, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Ichord RN, Donnelly M, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA, Dlugos DJ, Clancy RR, Abend NS. Short-Term Outcome Prediction by Electroencephalographic Features in Children Treated with Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest.  Neurocrit Care. 2010 Oct 2.  Read abstract.

    Smith SE, Kirkham FJ, Deveber G, Millman G, Dirks PB, Wirrell E, Telfeian AE, Sykes K, Barlow K, Ichord R. Outcome following decompressive craniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction in children. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2010 Aug 30. Read abstract.

    Quartermain MD, Ittenbach RF, Flynn TB, Gaynor JW, Zhang X, Licht DJ, Ichord RN, Nance ML, Wernovsky G. Neuropsychological status in children after repair of acyanotic congenital heart disease. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):e351-9. Epub 2010 Jul 26. Read abstract.

    Witmer C, Ichord R. Crossing the blood-brain barrier: clinical interactions between neurologists and hematologists in pediatrics - advances in childhood arterial ischemic stroke and cerebral venous thrombosis. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Feb;22(1):20-7. Review. Read abstract

    Topjian A, Hutchins L, Diliberto MA, Abend N, Ichord R, Helfaer M, Berg RA, Nadkarni V. Induction and maintenance of therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest: Efficacy of a surface cooling protocol. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]. Read abstract

    Enninful-Eghan H, Moore RH, Ichord R, Smith-Whitley K, Kwiatkowski JL. Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography and Prophylactic Transfusion Program Is Effective in Preventing Overt Stroke in Children with Sickle Cell Disease. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]. Read abstract

    Beslow LA, Ichord RN, Kasner SE, Mullen MT, Licht DJ, Smith SE, Storm PB, Jordan LC, Messé SR. ABC/XYZ estimates intracerebral hemorrhage volume as a percent of total brain volume in children. Stroke. 2010 Apr;41(4):691-4. Epub 2010 Feb 24. Read abstract


    Zhou C, Eucker SA, Durduran T, Yu G, Ralston J, Friess SH, Ichord RN, Margulies SS, Yodh AG. Diffuse optical monitoring of hemodynamic changes in piglet brain with closed head injury. J Biomed Opt. 2009 May-Jun;14(3):034015. Read abstract.

    Friess SH, Ichord RN, Ralston J, Ryall K, Helfaer MA, Smith C, Margulies SS. Repeated traumatic brain injury affects composite cognitive function in piglets. J Neurotrauma. 2009 Jul;26(7):1111-21. Read abstract.