Andres Jimenez Gomez, MD
I am a pediatric neurologist and neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
As a neurologist, I care for children with conditions such as epilepsy, headache, tics, stroke, multiple sclerosis and movement disorders. In my neurodevelopment role, I care for children with developmental impairments (developmental delay, cerebral palsy); behavioral impairments (autism, ADHD); and neurogenetic conditions (genetic conditions that affect the brain leading to epilepsy, development/behavior changes, developmental regression, movement disorders, etc.).
Curiosity about human nature led me into medical school. Once there, I became fascinated with the evolution and development of the brain, especially when it comes to the constantly growing minds of children. During my residency training, I was drawn to exploring the deviations to the "expectations" of child development and behavior, and the root cause of those deviations housed in the brain.
I also love working with children and their families. I engage with each family in a true partnership. During each visit, I devote substantial time to both the child and the family. I get down on the floor at eye-level with the child – to better understand them and their needs. I encourage them to be themselves in my clinic. From the parents, I gather a sense of what the child is like at home, changes they've noticed, and other pertinent information.
I deliver news and information as I acquire it, to make sure we're all on the same page. I want to make sure your questions are answered and that we have a clear plan forward, and provide any tools or resources that may be helpful at home.
In addition to providing patient care, I'm passionate about global health, especially in Latin America. I'm actively involved in research, education and advocacy groups in the region.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2010
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2013, Pediatrics
Baylor College Of Medicine, 2019, Neurology
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, 2015, Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatrics
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
Awards, Achievements, and More
Clinical research is an important part of my work in exploring the neurological development of children and helping to address their needs. Currently, I’m involved in the following research projects:
- Ongoing: Andropoulos D (PI) et al: Evaluation of diagnostic yield of sedated MRI for children 0-36 months with indications of developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, new onset seizures (IRB approved 6/2017)
- Collaborative work to solidify a clinical definition of patients with SYNGAP1 mutations, one of the most common known genetic causes for autism. By studying this specific genetic change, we're attempting to define a model for a true neurodevelopmental disorder. We're also attempting to uncover clinical biomarkers useful for diagnosis and prognosis in the clinic. In addition, I have partnered and collaborated with individuals at in neurosciencelab research to further understand this gene and the processes it affects and how to fix them.
- A collaborative project with anesthesiologists and radiologists to better understand the clinical utility of MRI in developmental delay. Since we often require sedation for these MRIs – which may have implications as well in the child's development – we're exploring if and when MRIs change the course of action for patient care plans.
- A collaborative study with a pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist to study cortical visual impairment (cortical blindness), the most common cause for pediatric vision impairment in high-income countries. We hope to understand the elements that lead to improved outcomes over time, to better the interventions we may offer at an earlier stage.
- A partnership, which I created and lead, of dedicated professionals passionate about helping children across Latin America. We have more than 20 physicians across pediatric specialties in 12 institutions in the US, and are designing a needs assessment study to better define where our interventions would be in the future.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Neurology
- Child Neurology Society
- European Paediatric Neurology Society
- Society for Pediatric Research
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Herring R, Sinton JW et al. Utility of brain MRI in young children with new epilepsy or global developmental delay: an interim analysis of results and clinical predictors. (Platform Presentation, American Academy of Neurology 71st Annual Meeting. May 2019. Philadelphia, PA)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Niu Z, Andujar-Perez F et al. Phenotypic Characterization of Patients with SYNGAP1 Mutations Reveals Potential Correlation Between Posterior Dominant Rhythm and Developmental Progression. (Oral Presentation, 44th annual Southern Pediatric Neurology Society meeting, March 2019. New Orleans, LA)
- Fisher K, Jimenez-Gomez A, Shah V. Baseline Characteristics of Individuals with Cortical Visual Impairment of Pediatric Onset: an Interim Analysis of Results of a Longitudinal Study. (Oral Presentation, 44th annual Southern Pediatric Neurology Society meeting, March 2019. New Orleans, LA)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Niu Z, Andujar-Perez F et al. Deep Phenotypic Characterization of Patients with SYNGAP1 Mutations. (Oral Presentation. 2nd International SYNGAP1 Symposium, November 2018. Jupiter, FL)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Stowe RC, Castillo J, Balasa A, Lotze TE. (Global Health Education in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Training Programs: A National Survey (Guided Poster- Oral Presentation, 47th Child Neurology Society Meeting, October 2018. Chicago, IL)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Niu Z, Andujar-Perez F et al. Deep Phenotypic Characterization of Patients with SYNGAP1 Mutations. (Poster Presentation. 47th Child Neurology Society Meeting, October 2018. Chicago, IL)
- Balasa A, Munthali K, Jimenez A et al. Developing a Sustainable Model for Child Neurology Services in Malawi. (Poster Presentation, 47th Child Neurology Society Meeting, October 2018. Chicago, IL)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Parnes M. Acute Onset Chorea-Ballismus in a Child-Thinking Beyond Strep (Accepted for presentation as one of ten trainee-submitted cases for national best-case competition. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, September 2017. Chicago, IL)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Castillo H, Burckart C, Castillo P. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy Training to Treat Spina Bifida Related Hydrocephalus in Africa: A Literature Review. (Poster Presentation. 12th European Pediatric Neurology Society Meeting, June 2017. Lyon, France)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Castillo H, Burckart C, Castillo P. Survey of Neurosurgical Spina Bifida Care Across the Globe. (Poster Presentation. 12th European Pediatric Neurology Society Meeting, June 2017. Lyon, France)
- Schubert CJ, Jimenez-Gomez A, Leon-Astudillo C, Fitzgerald M. Performance & Perceived Impact of Training International Medical Graduates (IMGs): The Cincinnati Experience. (Pediatric Academic Societies PAS 2015 Meeting, April 2015. San Diego, CA)
- Schubert CJ, Jimenez-Gomez A, Leon-Astudillo C, Fitzgerald M. Training International Medical Graduates (IMGs) To Create an Impact Locally and Globally: The Cincinnati Experience. (Pediatric Academic Societies 2015 Meeting, April 2015. San Diego, CA)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Castillo H, Ostermaier K, Voigt R, Castillo J. A World of Opportunity: Survey of Neurosurgical Spina Bifida Care Across the Globe. (Pediatric Academic Societies 2014 meeting, May 2014. Vancouver, CA)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Standridge SM. Headache and Hydrocephalus-it’s not the shunt! (Oral Presentation, Southern Pediatric Neurology Society 2014 Meeting, March 2014. New Orleans)
- Jimenez-Gomez A, Castillo H, Ostermaier K, Voigt R, Castillo J. Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and Disability: A Call for More Opportunities in Pediatric Global Health Education. (Oral Presentation, 33rd annual Edward L. Pratt Lectures, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, May 2014. Cincinnati, OH)
M. Patarroyo, D. Londoño, G. Patarroyo, C. Simbaqueba, A. Prada, A. Jiménez: ‘Incidence of Arrhythmmias in a Non-Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit’ (Poster Presentation, American Thoracic Society Meeting, May 2008. Toronto, ON)
- Trainee Travel Scholarship, American Academy of Neurology 47th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
- Young Investigator Travel Award, 2nd International SYNGAP1 Conference, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL, 2018\
- Scholarship Award, Minority Research Scholars Program, Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting, Child Neurologist Career Development Program, 2017
- Finalist in Clinical Case Competition, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, American Academy of Pediatrics-Section on Pediatric Trainees, 2017
- Dr. Congeniality Award, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2015
- Top Patient Care and Community Service Award, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana –School of Medicine, 2010