Dr. John Harrington CHKD Blocks

(757) 668-7400
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics


Medical School: New York Medical College

Residency: New York Medical College

Fellowship: New York Medical College


Dr. Harrington is a board-certified general pediatrician and father of a young adult son with autism. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow recipient for primary care research and completed a three-year HRSA mentoring program for general pediatric research.

Dr. Harrington recently moved into the role of Vice President, Quality/Safety and Clinical Integration at CHKD. He is also the division director of General Academic Pediatrics, located on the fourth floor of Children's Pavilion. His group has over 25,000 visits per year. His main interests are autism, obesity, behavioral problems, and the education of medical students and pediatric residents.

He is a professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Harrington feels that providing high quality and safe care to patients in a team/family environment is pretty special. All of the physicians and care-staff are dedicated to making GAP the medical home for the parents and patients. He feels privileged to be among the doctors and staff that train many of the new physicians who enter into the CHKD community soon after their medical student and residency training.

Clinical Interests
  • Autism
  • Obesity
  • Managing Behavioral Problems
  • Implementing a No Hit Zone
  • Working with Medical Students and Pediatric Residents
  • Quality and Safety
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" (2014 - 2022)
  • Special Achievement Award from the AAP for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy for advocacy efforts to promote effective care of children with autism
  • Selected for National recognition as the CDC "Immunization Champion” for Virginia
  • EVMS Outstanding Faculty Award (2017)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2017)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (2016)
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • Member of Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) and Vice-Chair of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Hampton Roads, VA
  • Charter member of Tidewater Community of Practice in Autism or CoPA in Hampton Roads
  • Elected as a Board Member on CA Human Services, a 501C3 for children with disabilities in Richmond, VA
Selected Publications
  • Harrington JW. Improving safety and quality in the outpatient pediatric setting. Consultant360. Published online February 22, 2021.
  • Harrington JW. Integrated pediatric urgent care: A perfect fit into patient-centered medical home and meeting the needs of population health and our profession. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2021 Mar 3:100969. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2021.100969. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33676841. 
  • Harrington JW.  Improving Safety and Quality in the Outpatient Pediatric Setting. Consultant 360. Published online February 23, 2021. https://www.consultant360.com/exclusive/pediatrics/improving-safety-and-quality-outpatient-pediatric-setting 
  • Harrington JW.  Light at the End of the Tunnel: Overcoming the “MIS-Cellaneous” Clinical Entities of COVID-19. Con-sultant 360. Available online March 16, 2021 https://www.consultant360.com/exclusive/pediatrics/adolescent-medicine/light-end-tunnel-overcoming-mis-cellaneous-clinical 
  • Harrington JW. Pop Quiz: COVID-19 Testing for Neonates. Consultant 360. Published online January 12, 2021. https://www.consultant360.com/exclusive/pediatrics/neonatology/pop-quiz-covid-19-testing-neonates.
  • Harrington JW. Improving Safety and Quality in the Outpatient Pediatric Setting. Consultant 360. Published online February 23, 2021. https://www.consultant360.com/exclusive/pediatrics/improving-safety-and-quality-outpatient-pediatric-setting
  • Samad M, Diawara N, Bobzien J, Taylor C, Harrington JW, Iftekharuddin K. A pilot study to identify autism related traits in spontaneous facial actions using computer vision. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 65 (2019) 14-24.
  • Samad MD, Diawara N, Bobzien JL, Harrington JW, Witherow MA, Iftekharuddin KM. A Feasibility Study of Autism Behavioral Markers in Spontaneous Facial, Visual, and Hand Movement Response Data. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2018 Feb;26(2):353-361. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2017.2768482. PMID: 29432106.
  • Bertero E, Irons LB, Flatin H, Vazifedan T, Harrington JW. Evaluating a No Hit Zone Program and Provider Intervention at an Urban Academic Pediatric Practice. Children and Youth Services Review 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105322
  • Gaffar S, Lee WW, Harrington JW. Bronchiectasis. Pediatrics in Review 2021;42;103 DOI: 10.1542/pir.2020-0110.
  • Harrington JW, Allen K. The clinician's guide to autism. Pediatr Rev. 2014 Feb;35(2):62-78.
  • Harrington JW, Bai R, Perkins AM. Screening children for autism in an urban clinic using an electronic M-CHAT. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Jan;52(1):35-41.
  • Harrington JW, Logan S, Harwell C, Gardner J, Swingle J, McGuire E, Santos R. Effective analgesia using physical interventions for infant immunizations. Pediatrics. 2012 May;129(5):815-22.
  • Harrington JW. Pediatrics update: How will DSM-5’s revisions affect children with autism? Consult Pediatricians 2013;12(8):342.
  • Harrington JW. Autism in the school-aged child: diagnostic dilemma, comorbid condition-or both? Consult Pediatricians 2013;12(1):13-7.
  • Sherman L, Harrington JW. Idiopathic intervertebral disk calcification. Consult Pediatricians 2012;11(12):438-9.
  • Grubert J, Fisher R, Maples K, Harrington JW. Morning report: Toddler with failure to thrive and fever, blistering rash after varicella vaccination. Consult Pediatricians 2012;11(5):143-4.
  • Harrington JW. Guest commentary: Tiny Tim and Big D. Consult Pediatricians 2012;11(4):97.

Book Chapters:

  • John Harrington and Samudragupta Bora. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Chapter 8.pgs 64-73. Elsevier’s: Integrative Medicine 4th Edition by David Rakel, 2018.
  • Manar D. Samad, Megan A. Witherow, John W. Harrington, and Khan M. Iftekharuddin. Quantitative Neurophysiological Markers in ASD Using Face and Eye-Gaze. Textbook of Clinical and Basic Neuroscience in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Korrie Allen, John Harrington, and Cathy Cooke. PCIT for Children with Severe Behavior Problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cheryl Bodiford McNeil et al. (Eds): Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum, 978-3-030-03212-8, 454916_1_En, (29)CB McNeil et al. (eds)
A Note from Dr. Harrington

"To say I love my job here at CHKD would be an understatement, that’s why I am always smiling."