Deborah M. Zarnow, MD

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Deborah M. Zarnow, MD, is a board-certified pediatric neuroradiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS


Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA


Diagnostic Radiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Neuroradiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Chief Fellow)
Pediatric Neuroradiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification


Graduate Degree

MS - Applied Psychology, Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Neuroradiologist

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Pisapia JM, Akbari H, Rozycki M, Goldstein H, Bakas S, Rathore S, Moldenhauer JS, Storm PB, Zarnow DM, Anderson RCE, Heuer GG, Davatzikos C. Use of Fetal Magnetic Resonance Image Analysis and Machine Learning to Predict the Need for Postnatal Cerebrospinal Fluid Diversion in Fetal Ventriculomegaly. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Dec 18. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3993. [Epub ahead of print]

Pisapia JM, Rozycki M, Akbari H, Bakas S, Thawani JP, Moldenhauer JS, Storm PB, Zarnow DM, Davatzikos C, Heuer GG. Correlations of atrial diameter and frontooccipital horn ratio with ventricle size in fetal ventriculomegaly. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Mar;19(3):300-306.


Victoria T, Johnson AM, Edgar JC, Zarnow DM, Vossough A, Jaramillo D. Comparison Between 1.5-T and 3-T MRI for Fetal Imaging: Is There an Advantage to Imaging With a Higher Field Strength? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jan;206(1):195-201. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.14205. Read the abstract.


Lang SS, Goldberg E, Zarnow D, Johnson MP, Storm PB, Heuer GG: Case Report: Prenatal diagnosis of hemimegalencephaly. World Neurosurg. 2014 Jul-Aug;82(1-2):241.e5-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.09.028. Epub 2013 Sep 19.

Roberts TP, Heiken K, Edgar JC, Berman J, Zarnow D, Blaskey L, Levy S, Nagae L, Solot C, Dell J: Left hemispheric diffusivity of the arcuate fasciculus: Influences of Autism Spectrum Disorder and language impairment. Am J Neuroradiol 35(3): 587-92, 2014.

Lang SS, Goldberg E, Zarnow D, Johnson MP, Storm PB, Heuer GG. Prenatal diagnosis of hemimegalencephaly. World Neurosurg. 2014 Jul-Aug;82(1-2):241.e5-8.

Jackson EM, Schwartz DM, Sestokas AK, Zarnow DM, Adzick NS, Johnson MP, Heuer GG, Sutton LN. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in patients undergoing tethered cord surgery after fetal myelomeningocele repair. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Apr;13(4):355-61.


Roberts TP, Lanza MR, Dell J, Qasmieh S, Hines K, Blaskey L, Zarnow DM, Levy SE, Edgar JC, Berman JI: Maturational differences in thalamocortical white matter microstructure and auditory evoked response latencies in autism spectrum disorders. Brain Res 1537: 79-85, Nov 2013.

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation


"Neural Tube Defects: Role of Ultrafast MRI," Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013.

"Applications of MRI for Fetal Brain Assessment," 5th Annual Philadelphia Prenatal Conference, June 2013.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Institutional Committees

2013-present, Member, University of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Hearing Panel 
2008-present, Member, Decrease Sedation in MRI, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

 1999-present, Radiological Society of North America (Member) 


2013-present, Society for Pediatric Radiology (Member) 
2009-present, American Society of Functional Neuroradiology (Member)
2007-present, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (Member)
2003-present, American Society of Neuroradiology (Senior Member)
2003-present, American College of Radiology (Member)
1999-present, American Roentgen Ray Society (Member)