Raul Chavez Valdez, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, French, Spanish


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology

Research Interests

Neurological disorders during the perinatal period; Mechanisms of inflammation and trophism ...read more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
NICU, The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, 8th floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-7156

Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2467
200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-4427


Dr. Raul Chavez-Valdez is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is Neonatology.

Dr. Chavez Valdez completed Medical School in Lima Peru, Pediatric residency at University of Illinois at Chicago, and post-doctoral Fellowship in Neonatology-Perinatology and Community Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine where he was awarded the 2007 Eudowood Board Bauernschmidt Fellowship Award. Since 2005 his research has been focused in mechanisms of neurotrophism with particular interest in the neurological disorders evolving during the perinatal period. His work has been reported in many national and international meetings and many publications in prestigious journals. He received the Johns Hopkins SOM Clinician Scientist Award and funding from the NINDS/NIH in 2017.

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (2000)


  • Pediatrics; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (2005)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Raul Chavez-Valdez’s research interests focus on the mechanisms of delayed injury and repair/regeneration in the developing brain following injury, specifically following neonatal hypoxic ischemic injury. He collaborates with Frances Northington (neonatology), Lee Martin (pathology/neuroscience) and Alfredo Kirkwood (neuroscience/The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute) in unveiling the importance of alterations of mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the setting of brain injury induced by birth asphyxia. He is especially interested in the role of neurotrophins in the survival and developmental maturation of specific neurons within the hippocampus, an area of the brain essential for memory. All of these aspects of developmental neuroplasticity are the basis of his Career Development K08 Award from the NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Additionally, he is part of multiple clinical efforts as a member of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Nursery team.


Lab Website: Raul Chavez Lab

Activities & Honors


  • Young Investigator of the Year Nominee, ESPR/PAS, 2019
  • Outstanding Scientist Investigator Award, Hershey International Meeting in Developmental Brain Injury, 2018
  • Young Investigator of the Year, ESPR/PAS, 2018
  • Career Development Award, NIH / NINDS, 2017
  • Clinician Scientist Award 2017, JHU School of Medicine
  • Elected Member of the Society for Pediatric Research, 2017
  • Johns Hopkins University Pakula/Sutland Endowed Fellow in Newborn Medicine, 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, TTU-HSC, 2013
  • Sheila S. and Lawrence C. Pakula M.D Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2013
  • Dean's Research and Scholarship Award, TTU-HSC, 2012
  • Young Investigator Award, Hershey Conference in Developmental Brain Injury, 2012
  • Master Teacher Educator 2011/ Master Teacher Program, TTU-HSC, 2011
  • Eudowood Board Bauernschmidt Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2007


  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Society of Neuroscience

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