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Peter C Rowe, M.D.

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  • Director, Children's Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic
  • Professor of Pediatrics


Adolescent Medicine, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Orthostatic Intolerance, Pediatrics, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Syncope more

Research Interests

Chronic fatigue syndrome; Fibromyalgia; Elhers-Danlos Syndrome; Orthostatic intolerance syndromes; Gulf War illnesses; Pelvic congestion syndrome more

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Dr. Peter Rowe is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the inaugural Sunshine Natural Wellbeing Foundation Professor of Chronic Fatigue and Related Disorders and serves as the Director of the Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

His areas of clinical expertise include chronic fatigue syndrome and other disorders characterized by fatigue and orthostatic intolerance. Dr. Rowe and his colleagues were the first to describe the relationship between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and treatable orthostatic intolerance syndromes, as well as the association between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and CFS.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Rowe earned his medical degree at McMaster University Medical School in Ontario. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and performed his fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatric Academic Development Program. He was on the staff at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario from 1987-1991 before returning to Johns Hopkins in 1991.

Dr. Rowe’s research focuses on chronic fatigue syndrome. He is interested in the physiologic factors (circulatory dysregulation, allergic disorders, joint laxity, biomechanical strain, and neuroanatomic problems) that contribute to chronic fatigue.

In 2014, Dr. Rowe received the research award from the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) for his clinical and scientific work on chronic fatigue syndrome and related disorders. He is a member of the research advisory council for Solve ME/CFS. He is also a member of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. more


  • Director, Children's Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic
  • Sunshine Natural Wellbeing Foundation Professor
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD; McMaster University School of Medicine (1981)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1987)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (1986)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Rowe’s research focuses on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He is interested in the association between circulatory abnormalities and fatigue in cancer survivors, fatiguing illnesses in Gulf War veterans, and fatigue in athletes.

He was the first to describe the relationship between CFS and treatable orthostatic intolerance syndromes, as well as the association between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and CFS. This research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the CFIDS Association of America, and several smaller foundations, as well as by private philanthropy.

Selected Publications

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Rowe PC, Bou-Holaigah I, Kan JS, Calkins HG. Is neurally mediated hypotension an unrecognized cause of chronic fatigue? Lancet 1995;345:623-4.

Bou-Holaigah I, Rowe PC, Kan J, Calkins H. The relationship between neurally mediated hypotension and the chronic fatigue syndrome. JAMA 1995;274;961-7.

Rowe PC, Barron DF, Calkins H, Maumenee IH, Tong PY, Geraghty MT. Orthostatic intolerance and chronic fatigue syndrome associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. J Pediatr 1999;135:494-9.

Rowe PC, Marden CL, Flaherty M, Jasion SE, Cranston EM, Johns AS, Fan J, Fontaine KR, Violand RL. Impaired range of motion of limbs and spine in chronic fatigue syndrome. J Pediatrics 2014;165:360-6.

Rowe PC, Underhill RA, Friedman KJ, Gurwitt A, Medow MS, Schwartz MS, Speight N, Stewart JM, Vallings R, Rowe KS. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer. Front Pediatr, 19 June 2017;5:121.

Activities & Honors


  • Kamsler Award, 1984
  • Alexander J. Schaffer Award, awarded annually to one physician for house staff teaching contributions, Harriet Lane House Staff, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005
  • Research Award, International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, 2014


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1987
  • Canadian Pediatric Society, 1987
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 1996
  • American Autonomic Society, 1996 - 2000
  • American Pediatric Society, 2010

Professional Activities

  • Member, Research Advisory Council, CFIDS Association of America, 2013
  • Chair, NIH Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 2013

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