Dr. Paola Pergami, MD

Dr. Paola Pergami, MD

Dr. Paola Pergami, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (877) 680-5505

Contact this Provider:

  • Pediatric Neurology
Conditions I Treat
  • arteriovenous malformation (avm)
  • concussion
  • encephalopathies
  • epilepsy
  • headache
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Procedures I Perform
  • botox for dystonia
  • botox for spasticity
  • botox injection
  • brain injury rehabilitation
  • epilepsy monitoring unit evaluation (emu)
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About the Provider

Paola Pergami, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Neurologist at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She also serves as an Associate Professor within the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Pergami has a background in neuroscience, specific training in pediatric neurology, and an interest and expertise in pediatric stroke and rehabilitation. She obtained her MD form the University of Pavia, Italy, and her PhD from the University of Milan, Italy. She completed her Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at UPMC, in Pittsburgh.  Complementing her clinical work in pediatric stroke, Dr. Pergami has extensively collaborated with the International Pediatric Stroke Study (IPSS). Within that group, she has contributed to the development of many important studies including studies on seizures in pediatric stroke (SIPS, SIPSII) the role of inflammation in pediatric stroke (VIPS, VIPSII), and investigating potential use of mechanical clot removal in children with stroke. Her clinical expertise and interests focus on acute stroke intervention, neuroimaging, and mechanism of brain plasticity in stroke recovery. Dr. Pergami is the author of over 150 original, peer-reviewed research articles and presentations.

  • Fellowship Program: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Residency Program: West Virginia University Healthcare (2007)
  • Residency Program: West Virginia University Healthcare (2004)
  • Graduate Education: Facolta Di Medicina Universita Di Milano (2000)
  • Graduate Education: Universita Di Milano (2000)
  • Residency Program: Universita Di Pavia International (1993)
  • Medical School: Universita degli Studi de Pavia (1989)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
Selected publications (after 2013):
  1. Jordan LC, Hills NK, Fox CK, Ichord RN, Pergami P, deVeber GA, Fullerton HJ, Lo W. Socioeconomic determinants of outcome after childhood arterial ischemic stroke. Neurology. 2018 Aug 7;91(6):e509-e516. Epub 2018 Jul 6.
  2. J. L Wilson, P. Pergami. Practice and Preparedness for Endovascular Therapy in Acute Pediatric Stroke. Stroke. 2018;49:A197
  3. P. R. Tabrizi, M. Peries, R. Monfaredi, H.F. Talari, T. Salvador, K. Cleary, P. Pergami. Use of PedBot Robotic Rehabilitation: Neurophysiologic Measures of Motor Training in a Pediatric Population. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Vol. 32(3), pp. 258-9, 2018
  4. Wintermark M, Hills NK, DeVeber GA, Barkovich AJ, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Mackay MT, Kirton A, Zhu G, Leiva-Salinas C, Hou Q, Fullerton HJ; VIPS Investigators. Clinical and Imaging Characteristics of Arteriopathy Subtypes in Children with Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Results of the VIPS Study. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Nov;38(11):2172-2179.
  5. Kesar TM, Belagaje SR, Pergami P, Haut MW, Hobbs G, Buetefisch CM. Effects of monoaminergic drugs on training-induced motor cortex plasticity in older adults. Brain Res. 2017 Sep 1. 
  6. Fox CK, Mackay MT, Dowling MM, Pergami P, Titomanlio L, Deveber G; SIPS Investigators. Prolonged or recurrent acute seizures after pediatric arterial ischemic stroke are associated with increasing epilepsy risk. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2017 Jan;59(1):38-44. 
  7. P. Pergami, W. Chen, K. Guffey, G. Guo. Classification of Normal and Abnormal Gait in Young Children Based on Foot Pressure Data: Towards Remote Monitoring of Medical Interventions. Neuroinformatics, 2017; Jan;15(1):13-24. 
  8. Fullerton HJ, deVeber GA, Hills NK, Dowling MM, Fox CK, Mackay MT, Kirton A, Yager JY, Bernard TJ, Hod EA, Wintermark M, Elkind MS; VIPS Investigators. Inflammatory Biomarkers in Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Correlates of Stroke Cause and Recurrence. Stroke. 2016 Sep;47(9):2221Stroke. 2016 May;47(5):1265-70. PMID: 27491741
  9. Fullerton HJ, Wintermark M, Hills NK, Dowling MM, Tan M, Rafay MF, Elkind MS, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA; VIPS Investigators. Risk of Recurrent Arterial Ischemic Stroke in Childhood: A Prospective International Study. Stroke. 2016 Jan;47(1):53-9. 
  10. Wintermark M, Hills NK, deVeber GA, Barkovich AJ, Elkind MS, Sear K, Zhu G, Leiva-Salinas C, Hou Q, Dowling MM, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Ichord RN, Fullerton HJ; VIPS Investigators. Arteriopathy diagnosis in childhood arterial ischemic stroke: results of the vascular effects of infection in pediatric stroke study. Stroke. 2014 Dec;45(12):3597-605. PMID: 25388419.
  11. Motiian S, Pergami P, Guffey K, Mancinelli CA, Doretto G. Automated extraction and validation of children's gait parameters with the Kinect. Biomed Eng Online. 2015 Dec 2;14(1):112. PMID: 26626555.
  12. Guffey K, Regier M, Mancinelli C, Pergami P(*). Gait parameters associated with balance in healthy 2- to 4-year-old children. Gait Posture. 2016 Jan;43:165-9. PMID: 26439183.
  13. M. Ly, T. Nanavati, Frum, P. Pergami(*). Comparing tract-based spatial statistics and manual region-of-interest labeling as diffusion analysis methods to detect white matter abnormalities in infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Apr 24. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24930. PMID: 25914196.
  14. P. Pergami(*), N Seemaladinne, A.B. Billing.  Validating the Use of a Computer Application as Test of Motor Function in Children and Adults. NeuroRehabilitation, 2013 (1-9).
Additioal publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=pergami
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Practice Locations
  • 4200 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
    Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20016
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    Phone: 202-243-3400
    Fax: 202-243-3434

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital