Monica Arroyo, MD
I am a fetal and neonatal neurologist at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. I provide prenatal counseling for families of babies with neurologic diagnoses and follow these babies closely once they are born. I also care for babies with neurological concerns including complications of prematurity, intraventricular hemorrhages, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, metabolic conditions and neonatal seizures. In addition to my neonatal neurology practice, I also practice general child neurology and treat patients with autism, developmental impairments, epilepsy and migraines.
As the oldest of five children, I was always interested in young children and their development. I earned my bachelor's degree in human development with a concentration in early childhood. After college, I worked with children with special needs and became increasingly interested in how medical conditions affected development. I wanted to learn more so I could help more, therefore I decided to go to medical school and trained in pediatric neurology, and subspecialized in fetal and neonatal neurology.
As a neurologist, I find the neonatal brain to be very fascinating for its remarkable ability to compensate after injury. It is an honor to meet families facing these difficult situations and be able to walk with them through this scary journey. I marvel every day at how these babies can beat the odds and love following them as outpatients as they develop and grow into inspiring children.
In addition to providing care and participating in medical research, I am also interested in global health and hope to explore avenues for furthering medical care around the world.
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Meet Dr. Arroyo
- University Of Puerto Rico, 2012
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2013, Pediatrics
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2014, Pediatrics
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2017, Pediatric Neurology
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2018, Neonatal Neurology
Department of Pediatrics excellence award, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, 2012
- International Child Neurology Association
- American Academy of Neurology
- Child Neurology Society
- American Academy of Pediatrics
My medical research focuses on improving the outcomes of prenatally diagnosed central nervous system malformations and the long-term outcomes of patients requiring neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) care.
- “Individuals with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum show Sensory Processing Differences” International Meeting for Autism Research Philadelphia, PA, May 2010
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center April, 2014 “Spasticity and Baclofen” Presented at general pediatric resident morning conference.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center February 25, 2015 “Vasculopathy on a patient with sickle cell disease and parvovirus” Presented a case at Child Neurology Resident Case Presentation
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center June 3, 2015 “Parental reporting of response to oral cannabis extracts for treatment of refractory epilepsy” Reviewed the above article at Child Neurology Resident Journal Club
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center August 19, 2015 “Paroxysmal Disorders of Childhood Ataxia” Presented a case at Child Neurology Resident Case Presentation
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine September 4, 2015, November 6, 2015, February 12, 2016 & March 18, 2016. “Hypotonia and the Neonatal Neurologic Physical Exam” Lecture for third year medical students
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center September 9,2015 & November 9, 2016 “Diagnostic approach and management of pediatric headache” Lectured at general pediatric resident noon conference
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center May 18, 2016 “Novel mutation with hereditary spastic paraplegia phenotype diagnosed via exome sequencing” Presented a case at Child Neurology Resident Case Presentation
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center June 1, 2016 “Brain stimulation and constraint for perinatal stroke hemiparesis: PLASTIC CHAMPS” Reviewed the above article at Child Neurology Resident Journal Club
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center July 20, 2016 “A classic presentation of Friedreich’s ataxia” Presented case at Child Neurology Resident Case Presentation
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center December 7, 2016 “High-Dose Erythropoietin & Hypothermia for Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: A phase II Trial” Reviewed the above article for Child Neurology Resident Journal Club
- 2016 Arroyo M, Kline-Fath B, Thomas C. “Comparing fetal and post-natal MRI findings in congenital aqueductal stenosis: Incidence of Rhombencephalosynapsis and NICU outcomes” Child Neurology Society Meeting, Vancouver BC
- 2014 Arroyo M, Mena R, Stuber S, Ware R. “Screening approaches for children in Republica Dominicana: SACRED” Global Health Research Forum, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- 2013 Goodwin E., Zackoff M. Arroyo M., Unaka N “Rash Decisions” Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2013 New Orleans, LA
- 2011 Rios J, Vazquez M, San Miguel L, Montalvo J, Arroyo M. “Descriptive Studies of Prenatal and Perinatal Events and their Association with the Development of Autism at a Child Neurology clinic in Puerto Rico” University of Puerto Rico Research Forum San Juan, PR
- 2010 Khatibi K, Kenet T, Arroyo M, Findlay A, Honma S, Siegel B, Nagarajan S, Marco E “Difference in Auditory Evoked Potentials Using Magnetoencephalography” International Meeting for Autism Research Philadelphia, PA
- 2008 Marco E, Khatibi K, Findlay A, Zhu Z, Arroyo M, Vinogradov S, Kirsch H, Siegel B, Nagarajan S. “Children with Autism show Atypical Early Response to Novel Tactile Stimuli Using Magnetoencephalography”. International Meeting for Autism Research London