Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
David G Ritacco, MD

David G Ritacco, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy)

Focus of Work


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.

Academic Focus

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.

Clinical Focus

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.


Education and Certification

  • MD: University of Chicago (1988)
  • Residency: Christ Hospital Med. Center, Pediatrics (1992)
  • Internship: Christ Hospital & Medical Center, Pediatrics (1992)
  • Residency: University of Chicago, Child Neurology (1994)
  • Board Certification: Child Neurology



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 51
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611