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Kristin W. Baranano, M.D., Ph.D.

Kristin Whitford Baranano, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years), Infants (up to 1 year)



Ataxia, Neurogenetics, Neurology

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-4259
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
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601 N. Caroline St.
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Dr. Barañano earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she also completed residencies in pediatrics and neurology, along with a fellowship in neurogenetics at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Barañano is a clinical associate in the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Neurology, where she specializes in the genetic bases of neurologic illnesses. She has a particular interest in understanding the genetic control of the development of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum. Her clinical interests include whole exome sequencing in child neurology, childhood-onset and inherited ataxias, malformations of cortical development, and intractable epilepsy. She is a member of the multidisciplinary Fetal Management group and is available for prenatal consultations. Dr. Barañano''s research includes collaborative efforts with the Johns Hopkins Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Division of Neurogenetics at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

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  • MD PhD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2004)


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2009)


  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011)
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology/Special Child Neurology) (2009)

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Selected Publications

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Clinical whole exome sequencing in child neurology practice.

Srivastava S, Cohen JS, Vernon H, Barañano K, McClellan R, Jamal L, Naidu S, Fatemi A.

Ann Neurol. 2014 Oct;76(4):473-83. doi: 10.1002/ana.24251. Epub 2014 Aug 30.

PMID: 25131622


"Idiopathic" and "genetic" generalized epilepsies intersect.

Krauss G, Barañano K.

Epilepsy Curr. 2014 Mar;14(2):81-3. doi: 10.5698/1535-7597-14.2.81. No abstract available.

PMID: 24872785


Electroconvulsive therapy for catatonia in a boy with hydrocephalus and an arachnoid cyst.

Wachtel LE, Baranano K, Reti IM.

Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Jul;43(1):73-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2010.03.011.

PMID: 20682210


The ketogenic diet: uses in epilepsy and other neurologic illnesses.

Barañano KW, Hartman AL.

Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2008 Nov;10(6):410-9.

PMID: 18990309

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