Dr. Mark Batshaw serves as Senior Advisory Consultant to Harris Search Associates providing insight, national relationships, and vetting of candidates on behalf of client institution committees and our firm.
Mark L. Batshaw received his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, and a clinical fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
He remained on the faculty of John Hopkins for 13 years, serving as a neurodevelopmental pediatrician, directing the metabolism research program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and serving a term as President of the Medical Faculty Senate. In 1988 he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to become Physician-in-Chief of the Children’s Seashore House, a child development and rehabilitation hospital which he relocated from Atlantic City to the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. He also was appointed the W.T. Grant Professor of Pediatrics and chaired the Committee on Appointments and Promotions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
From 1998-2021 Dr. Batshaw served as Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Children’s National’s academic affiliate, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1998-2015. He oversaw a faculty of over 900, representing more than half of the medical school. In 2013 he became Physician-in Chief at Children’s National. In these positions he directed UME/GME training programs and research activities at Children’s National and served as Director of the Children’s National Research Institute, with annual expenditures of approximately $100M. He was instrumental in developing the first Research and Innovation Campus focusing on Child Health in 2021, Dr. Batshaw has also held national offices in academic medicine including being President of the American Pediatric Society and of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders.
Dr. Batshaw has spent his entire career in the care of children with developmental disabilities and rare genetic disorders. He has published over 200 articles and reviews and is senior editor of the classic textbook, Children with Disabilities, now in its 8th ed., with over 200,000 in print. Dr. Batshaw's research has focused on inborn errors of urea synthesis, in which he is considered an international authority in the development and testing of innovative therapies including gene therapy. He has been continuously funded as a principal investigator by the NIH for over 40 years including directing a NIH funded Rare Diseases Clinical Research Center on Urea Cycle Disorders, an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and of a NIH program project grant on adenoassociated gene therapy in a model of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency.
Dr. Batshaw brings over 30 years as an administrative leader in academic medicine as well as having an international reputation in clinical work, research, education and faculty affairs.