Rebecca Seltzer

Hecht-Levi Fellow

Rebecca Seltzer is a Hecht-Levi Fellow with the Berman Institute of Bioethics and an Academic General Pediatrics Fellow at Johns Hopkins. She will be receiving her MHS from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Her clinical and research interests involve the care of children with medical complexity.  In fellowship, she will explore the ethical, psychosocial, and policy questions that arise when caring for children with medical complexity, with particular focuses on children in medical foster care and the impact on families/healthy siblings.

Rebecca was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and graduated with highest distinction with a BA in Human Biology—an interdisciplinary studies major focused on the intersection between science and the humanities. Prior to medical school, she worked at Georgetown University conducting clinical research on the neuroimplications of metabolic disorders. She received her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on her interests in pediatrics and bioethics and her senior research project was entitled “A Survey of Clinicians’ Understanding of the Determination of Death: Implications for Organ Donation after Cardiac Death.” She completed her Pediatric Residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 2012-2015.

Selected publications:

Seltzer R, Henderson C, & Boss R. “Medical Foster Care: What happens when children with medical complexity cannot be cared for by their families?” Pediatric Research. 2016 Review Issue. (manuscript accepted, awaiting publication).

Sprouse C, King J, Helman G, Pacheco-Colón I, Shattuck K, Breeden A, Seltzer R, VanMeter JW, Gropman AL. “Investigating Neurological Deficits in Carriers and Affected Patients with Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency.” Mol Genet and Metab. 2014 Sep-Oct;113(1-2):136-41.

Gropman AL, Shattuck K, Prust MJ, Seltzer RR, Breeden AL, Hailu A, Rigas A, Hussain R, VanMeter J. “Altered neural activation in ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency during executive cognition: an fMRI study.” Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 Apr;34(4): 753-61

Gropman AL, Gertz B, Shattuck K, Kahn IL, Seltzer R, Krivitsky L, VanMeter J. “Diffusion tensor imaging detects areas of abnormal white matter microstructure in patients with partial ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency” Am J Neuroradiol. 2010 Oct;31(9): 1719-23

Gropman AL, Fricke ST, Seltzer RR, Hailu A, Adeyemo A, Sawyer A, VanMeter J, Gaillard WD, McCarter R, Tuchman M, Batshaw M; Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium. “1H MRS identifies symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects with partial ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency.” Mol Genet Metab. 2008 Sep-Oct;95(1-2): 21-30

Gropman AL, Seltzer RR, Yudkoff M, Sawyer A, VanMeter J, Fricke ST. “1H MRS allows brain phenotype differentiation in sisters with late onset ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) and discordant clinical presentations.” Mol Genet Metab. 2008 May;94(1): 52-60