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Monica S. Pearl MD, DABR

Assistant Professor, Interventional Neuroradiology

Monica Pearl MD
Dr. Monica Pearl

Dr. Pearl received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 and her Doctor of Medicine from Duke University in 2002. Following training in general surgery and diagnostic radiology at the George Washington University, she earned her certification from the American Board of Radiology in 2008. After completing fellowships in both Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Johns Hopkins University, she joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2010.

Her special areas of interest include the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric neurovascular diseases, superficial vascular malformations including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), venous malformations, and lymphatic malformations as well as radiation dose reduction strategies and innovative endovascular therapies for adult and pediatric tumors of the head, neck, and spine. She is the principal investigator for an active Phase II clinical trial involving the intra-arterial administration of chemotherapy for intraocular retinoblastoma. This study is enrolling patients now. She is also the principal investigator for a Phase I clinical trial involving the intra-arterial administration of chemotherapy for progressive diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas. You can listen to an interview about this research on the American Journal of Neuroradiology Podcast.

In addition to being an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Pediatric Neuroradiology, she is also a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology, Senior Member of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology with subspecialty board certification in Neuroradiology.

Dr. Pearl currently sees patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in her clinic by appointment.

Example Cases

Lymphatic malformation treated by percutaneous sclerotherapy.

Stent-Assisted Coil Embolization

Experience

Assistant Professor, Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology. Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview, Baltimore, Maryland. July 2011 to present.

Director of Pediatric Neurointervention. Children’s National Medical Center. Washington, D.C. July 2011 to present.

Clinical Instructor, Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology. Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview, Baltimore, Maryland. July 2010 to June 2011.

Education and Training

Fellowship, Interventional Neuroradiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Fellowship, Diagnostic Neuroradiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Internship, General Surgery, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Medical School, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.

Selected Recent Publications:

1.     Pearl MS, Wolinsky JP, Gailloud P. Preoperative embolization of primary spinal aneurysmal bone cysts by direct percutaneous intralesional injection of n-BCA. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2012 Jun;23(6):841-5.

2.     Pearl MS, Chen JX, Gregg L, San Millan D, Belzberg A, Jallo G, Gailloud P. Angiographic detection and characterization of “cryptic venous anomalies” associated with spinal cord cavernous malformations using flat panel catheter angiotomography (FPCA). Neurosurgery Vol. 70, May 16th 2012

3.     Pearl M, Gomez J, Gregg L, Gailloud P. Endovascular management of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformations. Influence of the normal venous drainage on the choice of a treatment strategy. Childs Nerv Syst. 2010 Oct; 26 (10):1367-79. Epub 2010 Aug 20.

4.     Puttgen K, Pearl M, Tekes A, Mitchell S. Update on pediatric extracranial vascular anomalies of the head and neck. Childs Nerv Syst. 2010 Oct; 26 (10): 1417-33. Epub 2010 Aug 10.

5.    Pearl M, Gregg L, Gailloud P. Endovascular treatment of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2010 Apr; 21 (2): 271-280.

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Selected Honors and Recognition:

2013, ASNR Foundation Scholar Award in Neuroradiology Research
You can listen to an interview about this award on the American Journal of Neuroradiology Podcast.

2012, Solving Kids' Cancer, Therapeutic Development Initiative Grant Award

2012, Children's National Medical Center, Children's Research Institute, Sheikh Zayed RAC Grant Award

2009, Codman and Shurtleff Inc. Fellowship Training Grant

2008, RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award

2006, Society of Interventional Radiology, Resident-in-Training Scholarship

2001, Enhanced Research Training Program Grant, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

1995, Intramural Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

What's New

Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma
The purpose of this Phase II clinical trial is to show that chemotherapy delivered directly to the eye is a safe and effective treatment alternative to systemic chemotherapy, radiation, and enucleation. More

 

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