Gilbert Vezina, M.D.

Director, Neuroradiology Program

Gilbert Vezina, M.D., is Director of the Neuroradiology Program at Children’s National Hospital and Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Vezina began his career at Children’s National in 1990. He created the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program in 1993 through which he impacted the careers of medical students, residents and fellows from around the world. He served as president of The American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR) from 2001-2002 and was its past President from 2002-2005. Dr. Vezina also served as the Interim Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology at Children’s National in 2017.

He received the 2020 ASPNR’s Gold Medal Award, its most distinguished honor that recognizes professional and personal excellence.

Dr. Vezina completed his undergraduate degree at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and medical school at McGill Medical School, both of Montréal, Canada. He completed a mixed internship at Montréal General Hospital; residency in Diagnostic Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and fellowship in Neuroradiology, Boston, Massachusetts.

Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab

Recent Publications & Presentations

2022 | April
Wu Y, Espinosa KM, Barnett SD, Kapse A, Quistorff JL, Lopez C, Andescavage N, Pradhan S, Lu YC, Kapse K, Henderson D, Vezina G, Wessel D, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C.
Association of elevated maternal psychological distress, altered fetal brain, and offspring cognitive and social-emotional outcomes at 18 months. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 1;5(4):e229244. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.9244. PMID: 35486403; PMCID: PMC9055453. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35486403/
Wu Y, Lu YC, Kapse K, Jacobs M, Andescavage N, Donofrio MT, Lopez C, Quistorff JL, Vezina G, Krishnan A, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C
In utero MRI identifies impaired second trimester subplate growth in fetuses with congenital heart disease
Cereb Cortex. 2021 Oct 28:bhab386. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab386. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34882775 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34882775/
De Asis-Cruz J, Andersen N, Kapse K, Khrisnamurthy D, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C
Global Network Organization of the Fetal Functional Connectome.
Cereb Cortex. 2021 May 10;31(6):3034-3046. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa410. PMID: 33558873; PMCID: PMC8107792. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33558873/
De Asis-Cruz J, Lopez C, Kapse K, Quistorff J, Vezina G, Donofrio M, Limperopoulos C In-utero MRI identifies altered resting state networks in fetuses with complex congenital heart disease. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
Lu Y-C, Andescavage N, Saeed H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Henderson D, Kapse K, Vezina G, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C Structural changes of the human fetal brain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Plenary Series: Best of SPR Featured Abstracts. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
Cook KM, De Asis-Cruz J, Lopez C, Quistorff J, Kapse K, Andresen N, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C In utero MRI differentiates male and female human fetal brain functional connectivity. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 3, 2021.
Pradhan S, Niforatos-Andescavage N, Saeed H, Barnett S, Kapse K, Andersen N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C Impaired fetal brain metabolism in pregnancies complicated by elevated maternal stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 2, 2021.
Lu YC, Kapse K, Andersen N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Fry A, Cheng J, Andescavage N, Wu Y, Espinosa K, Vezina G, du Plessis A, Limperopoulos C.
Association between socioeconomic status and in utero fetal brain development. JAMA Network Open. Published 2021, Mar 1;4(3):e213526. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.3526. PMID: 33779746. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33779746/
De Asis-Cruz J, Krishnamurthy D, Zhao L, Kapse K, Vezina G, Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C.
Association of prenatal maternal anxiety with fetal regional brain connectivity JAMA Network Open. Published 2020, Dec. 7;3(12):e2022349. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22349 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33284334/
Mulkey SB, Bulas DI, Vezina G, Fourzali Y, Morales A, Arroyave-Wessel M, Swisher CB, Cristante C, Russo SM, Encinales L, Pacheco N, Kousa YA, Lanciotti RS, Cure C, DeBiasi RL, du Plessis AJ
Sequential neuroimaging of the fetus and newborn with in utero Zika virus exposure.
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(1):52-59. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4138 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30476967/
Brossard-Racine M, McCarter R, Murnick J, Tinkelman L, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C
Early extra-uterine exposure alters regional cerebellar growth in infants born preterm.
NeuroImage: Clinical. 2019;21:101646. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.101646. Epub 2018 Dec 19 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30630759/
Macnamara EF, Koehler AE, D'Souza P, Estwick T, Lee P, Vezina G, et al.
Kilquist syndrome: A novel syndromic hearing loss disorder caused by homozygous deletion of SLC12A2.
Hum Mutat. 2019;40(5):532-538. doi:10.1002/humu.23722 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30740830/
Govindan RB, Massaro A, Vezina G, Chang T, du Plessis A
Identifying an optimal epoch length for spectral analysis of heart rate of critically-ill infants
Comput Biol Med. 2019;113:103391. doi:10.1016/j.compbiomed.2019.103391 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31446320/
Kruszka P, Buscetta A, Acosta MT, Banks N, Addissie YA, Toro C, Luby M, Latour L, Vezina G, Page DC, Muenke M
Circle of Willis anomalies in Turner syndrome: Absent A1 segment of the anterior cerebral artery.
Birth Defects Res. 2019;111(19):1584-1588. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1609 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31626395/
Kousa YA, du Plessis AJ, Vezina G.
Prenatal diagnosis of holoprosencephaly.
Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2018;178(2):206-213. doi:10.1002/ajmg.c.31618 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29770996/
Wiwattanadittakul N, Prust M, Gaillard WD, Massaro A, Vezina G, Tsuchida TN, Gropman AL
The utility of EEG monitoring in neonates with hyperammonemia due to inborn errors of metabolism.
Mol Genet Metab. 2018;125(3):235-240. doi:10.1016/j.ymgme.2018.08.011 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30197275/
Basu SK, Ottolini K, Govindan V, Mashat S, Vezina G, et al.
Early glycemic profile is associated with brain injury patterns on magnetic resonance imaging in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
J Pediatr. 2018;203:137-143. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.07.041 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30197201/
Krishnan A, Tague L, Rudra H, Pradhan S, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C
Clinical course of a fetus with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and premature ductal constriction.
Cardiol Young. 2018 Dec 27:1-3. doi: 10.1017/S1047951118001701. [Epub ahead of print] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30587271/
Mulkey SB, Ng BG, Vezina GL, et al.
Arrest of fetal brain development in ALG11-Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation.
Pediatr Neurol. 2019;94:64-69. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2018.12.009 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30770273/