Anuj Jayakar, MD

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Anuj Jayakar, MD, FAAP 
Medical Director, Neurocritical Care Program   

Dr. Anuj Jayakar is a pediatric neurologist with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Brain Institute and serves as medical director of the Neurocritical Care Program for acute brain dysfunction. He earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jayakar completed a residency in pediatrics at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, followed by a residency in pediatric neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, where he also served as chief resident. He then pursued a fellowship in pediatric epilepsy and neurophysiology at the same institution. His clinical interests include pediatric stroke, ICU EEG and management of prolonged seizures.  
Dr. Jayakar is board certified in neurology with a special qualification in pediatric neurology, clinical neurophysiology and neurocritical care.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, Child Neurology Society, Neurocritical Care Society and International Child Neurology Association. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at national and global medical conferences.  
Dr. Jayakar is employed by Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS), the physician-led multispecialty medical group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Founded in 2001, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute is one of the largest comprehensive pediatric programs dedicated solely to the care of the developing brain. It brings together world-renowned specialists in numerous pediatric neuroscience subspecialties with cumulative clinical experience unparalleled in the United States. Since 2008, the program has been ranked among the nation’s top-tier programs for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. The clinical and research leadership of the program serves as a beacon to families confronting the uncertainty of a child with a brain disorder, offering the latest treatments and assessment techniques, many of which were developed by the Brain Institute team.

Uppal, P., Smith, J., ..., Jayakar, A., et al (2023). Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP) Astrocytopathy: An Emerging Cause of Meningoencephalomyelitis in Children and Adolescents. Journal of child neurology, 8(13-14), 659-664. View in Pubmed

Harrar, D.B., Benedetti, G.M., Jayakar, A., et al (2022). Pediatric Acute Stroke Protocols in the United States and Canada. The Journal of pediatrics, 242(), 220-227.e7. View in Pubmed

Farias-Moeller, R., Jayakar, A., Guerriero, R.M., et al (2022). Pediatric Critical Care Neurologists in the United States and Canada: A Survey of Clinical Practice Experience. Journal of child neurology, 37(4), 288-297. View in Pubmed

Kirschen, M.P., LaRovere, K., Jayakar, A., et al (2022). A Survey of Neuromonitoring Practices in North American Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Pediatric neurology, 126(), 125-130. View in Pubmed

Diaby, V., Babcock, A., Jayakar, A., et al (2022). Real-world economic evaluation of prospective rapid whole-genome sequencing compared to a matched retrospective cohort of critically ill pediatric patients in the United States. The pharmacogenomics journal, 22(4), 223-229. View in Pubmed

Scala, M., Wortmann, S.B., Jayakar, A., et al (2022). Clinico-radiological features, molecular spectrum, and identification of prognostic factors in developmental and epileptic encephalopathy due to inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase (ITPase) deficiency. Human mutation, 43(3), 403-419. View in Pubmed

Primary Office

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Fellowship - Boston Children's Hospital
Residency - Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Residency - Boston Children's Hospital
Medical School - Georgetown University Hospital

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurocritical Care) - Certified
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Cl Neurophysiol) - Certified
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Child Neur) - Certified