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Rebecca Jane Riggs, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Female

Background

Dr. Rebecca Riggs is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She has worked as a neurointensivist attending physician in the Johns Hopkins pediatric intensive care unit since 2015. She cares for all types of critically ill children, but her specialty is children with neurologic disorders, such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, brain tumors, abusive head trauma and stroke. She also helps to lead the Neurocritical Care Program, directed by Drs. Sujatha Kannan and Courtney Robertson. 

Dr. Riggs’ strong interest in research related to traumatic brain injury and abusive head trauma has led to involvement in several investigative projects. For example, she is working to develop bedside ophthalmic ultrasonography for detection of retinal lesions associated with abusive head trauma. Additionally, she is investigating the use of other types of sonography for use in monitoring intracranial hypertension.

She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and then attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Oakland and a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2014, Dr. Riggs was chosen as the first-ever pediatric neurocritical care fellow at Johns Hopkins.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Education

Degrees

  • MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine (2008)

Residencies

  • Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland / Pediatrics (2011)

Fellowships

  • Children's National Medical Center / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2014)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2014)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics - General (2012)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Riggs is interested in research related to traumatic brain injury and abusive head trauma. She is working to develop safer, less-invasive methods of detecting brain injury and head trauma. For example, her work involves exploring bedside ophthalmic ultrasonography to detect retinal lesions associated with abusive head trauma. She is also investigating the use of other types of sonography for monitoring intracranial hypertension. Such tools would be safer than current methods, which can be invasive or emit high levels of radiation. Additionally, portable monitors could be used not only at the bedside, but also in settings such as football games to better and more quickly diagnose concussion.

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