David G Ritacco

  • 303 Citations
1989 …2021
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Research Interests

I am a child neurologist with particular interest in neurology of the newborn. After medical research in physiology as an undergraduate, I pursued research in the psychophysics of vision as a medical student, and was awarded a PhD in neurobiology. I am currently pursuing clinical research, primarily regarding neurological issues in the newborn, including stroke, hypoxic ischemic injury, and use of therapeutic hypothermia.

My focus is on neurology of the newborn, and I am currently pursuing projects regarding treatment of hypoxic ischemic injury and stroke in the newborn, including use of therapeutic hypothermia. I spend time teaching pediatric residents and neurology fellows in the nursery, on the hospital floor, in the outpatient clinics, and through lectures on this and other topics. I am presently involved in the launch of the Neonatal NeuroCritical Care Program at Northwestern.

With my particular interest in neurology of the newborn, I provide consultative service for infants in the Crown Special Care Nursery at Prentice Women's Hospital. I am involved in the treatment of hypoxic ischemic injury and stroke in the newborn, including therapeutic hypothermia, as well as care of infants with seizures, stroke, brain malformation, and other neurological problems.

Certifications and Licenses

Child Neurology

Training Experience

1992Internship, Christ Hospital & Medical Center
1992Residency, Christ Hospital Med. Center
1994Residency, University of Chicago

Education/Academic qualification

MD, University of Chicago

… → 1988

Research interests

  • Neurology of the Newborn
  • Pediatric Neurology

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Grants 2013 2021

Research Output 1989 2016

  • 303 Citations
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter
3 Citations (Scopus)

Epilepsy Following Neonatal Seizures Secondary to Hemorrhagic Stroke in Term Neonates

Venkatesan, C., Millichap, J. J., Krueger, J. M., Nangia, S., Ritacco, D. G., Stack, C. V. & Nordli, D. R., Apr 1 2016, In : Journal of child neurology. 31, 5, p. 547-552 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intracranial Hemorrhages
Newborn Infant
11 Citations (Scopus)

Early anatomical injury patterns predict epilepsy in head cooled neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

Jung, D. E., Ritacco, D. G., Nordli, D. R., Koh, S. & Venkatesan, C., Aug 1 2015, In : Pediatric neurology. 53, 2, p. 135-140 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Brain Hypoxia-Ischemia
Infantile Spasms
Newborn Infant

Epilepsy Following Neonatal Seizures Secondary to Hemorrhagic Stroke in Term Neonates.

Venkatesan, C., Millichap, JJ., Krueger, JM., Nangia, S., Ritacco, DG., Stack, C. & Nordli, DR., Aug 24 2015, In : J Child Neurol. Epub

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

261 Citations (Scopus)

Encephalitis with refractory seizures, status epilepticus, and antibodies to the GABAA receptor: A case series, characterisation of the antigen, and analysis of the effects of antibodies

Petit-Pedrol, M., Armangue, T., Peng, X., Bataller, L., Cellucci, T., Davis, R., McCracken, L., Martinez-Hernandez, E., Mason, W. P., Kruer, M. C., Ritacco, D. G., Grisold, W., Meaney, B. F., Alcalá, C., Sillevis-Smitt, P., Titulaer, M. J., Balice-Gordon, R., Graus, F. & Dalmau, J., Mar 1 2014, In : The Lancet Neurology. 13, 3, p. 276-286 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Status Epilepticus
GABA-A Receptors

Chapter 128 - Newborn Neurology

Ritacco, DG., 2004, Just the Facts in Pediatrics. Green, TP., Franklin, WH. & Tanz, RR. (eds.). Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill Education/Medical, p. 560

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter