Courtney Robertson, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia; Co-director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program; Associate Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Associate Professor
Co-director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program
Associate Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship.

Courtney Robertson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as an attending physician in the PICU in 2009. In 2012 she became co-director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program with Dr. Sujatha Kannan. In that role, she is involved in programmatic development and serves as a resource for fellows, faculty, and nursing leadership to discuss complex neurocritical care cases.

Dr. Robertson’s primary research focus is pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is specifically interested in aspects of mitochondrial dysfunction and alterations in brain metabolism that occur after pediatric TBI. She is pursuing neuroprotective interventions that target mitochondrial rescue and using animal models to test therapeutic responses. Dr. Robertson anticipates that this preclinical research will provide a better understanding of how the developing brain might be unique in its response to injury and thereby enable the design of pediatric-specific therapies.

She is also the Johns Hopkins site principal investigator for a multicenter clinical trial in pediatric TBI called ADAPT—Approaches and Decisions in Acute Pediatric TBI. ADAPT is a prospective, observational study that will enroll 1000 patients internationally to evaluate the impact of interventions on the outcome of children with severe TBI. All data will be gathered about the patients during their first 7 days in the PICU, and patient outcomes will be assessed 3, 6, and 12 months later. Study leaders will then try to determine which interventions in the acute phase of care influenced neurologic outcomes either positively or negatively. By comparing a broad range of interventions that are already being used, this 5-year trial may be able to pinpoint those that are most effective more quickly than any single-drug study could.

Dr. Robertson received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1989 and graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1993. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1996 and her pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1999.