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.