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Dr. Rebecca Dorner

(757) 668-7456
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics


Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Residency: Northwestern University

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University


Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Rebecca Dorner is new to the area having recently moved to Hampton Roads with her family. 

Dr. Dorner's research and clinical interests include optimizing each baby's developmental potential and empowering families during their NICU stay and beyond.

Research Area
  • Developmental assessment in the NICU and improving parent communication about developmental progress 
  • Improving neurodevelopmental care for premature infants with brain injury, especially infants with brain bleeds and hydrocephalus
Awards and Honors
  • The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Travel Award for Young Investigators (2019)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award, NIH Pediatric Critical Care T32 Grant HL 125239-03 (2018-2020 )
  • Senior Resident Teaching Award, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Dorner R,, Isolated and On Guard: Preparing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Families for Life with Hydrocephalus. Am J Perinatol 2021. DOI https://
  • Dorner RA, Boss RD, Burton VJ, Raja K, Lemmon ME. Parent preferences for early neurodevelopmental screening in the neonatal intensive care unit. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2020 Jan 7. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.14457. PMID: 31909496.
  • Dorner RA, Allen MC, Robinson S, Soares BP, Perin J, Ramos E, Gerner G, Burton VJ. Early neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm posthemorrhagic ventricular dilation and hydrocephalus: NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale and imaging predict 3-6 month Motor Quotients and Capute Scales. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics; 2019 Dec 20:1-11. doi: 10.3171/2019.9.PEDS19438. PMID:31860810.
  • Dorner RA, Soares BP, Robinson S, Allen MC, Perin J and Burton VJ. The Relationship Between Clinical Imaging and Neurobehavioral Assessment in Posthemorrhagic Ventricular Dilation of Prematurity. Front. Physiol. 2019; 10:64. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00064. PMID: 30804803.
  • Rebecca A. Dorner, Vera Burton, Marilee C. Allen, Shenandoah Robinson, Bruno P. Soares. “Imaging Biomarkers for Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Preterm Hydrocephalus”; J Perinatol. 2018 Nov; 38(11): 1431-1443. PMID: 30166622
  • Dorner, R.A., Rankin K.M. & Collins, J.W. Early Preterm Birth Across Generations Among Whites and African-Americans: A Population-based Study. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Nov; 21(11): 2061-2067. PMID: 28699097.
  • Dorner, R.A., Ryan, E., Carter, J.M., Fajardo, M., Marsden, L., Fricchione, M., Higgins, A. Gradenigo syndrome and Cavitary lung lesions in a 5-year-old with Recurrent Otitis Media. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Sep 1;6(3):305-308. PMID: 28903516
  • Rebecca Dorner and John Duffy. “The Pathos of ‘Mindblindness’: Autism, Science and Sadness in ‘Theory of Mind’ Narratives.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Volume 5, Number 2, 2011, pp. 201-215.

Book Chapters

  • Marilee C. Allen, Rebecca A. Dorner, Vera Joanna Burton. “Chapter 19: Follow-Up of High-Risk Infants” and “Chapter 50: Counseling Parents Before High Risk Delivery.” Lange Clinical Manual of Neonatology, 8th edition.; Release date: 2/21/2020
  • Rebecca A. Dorner, Marilee C. Allen, Vera Joanna Burton. “Hydrocephalus”. The 5-minute Pediatric Consult Standard Edition (8th ed.) (2018). Ed. Cabana, Michael D. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018. p460-461.
  • Rebecca A. Dorner, Shenandoah Robinson, Vera Joanna Burton. “Follow-up of NICU Graduates.” The 5-minute Pediatric Consult Standard Edition (8th ed.) (2018). Ed. Cabana, Michael D. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018. p364-365.
Community Involvement
  • Member of Hydrocephalus Association Network for Discovery Science (HANDS) 
  • Blog writer for Hydrocephalus Association 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • American Medical Association
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