MJ Harbert earned her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine followed by a residency at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York and a fellowship at UC San Diego. She then went on to University of California San Francisco for subspecialty training in neonatal neurology.
Dr. Harbert is the director of the neonatal neurology service, which serves newborns with or at risk for brain injury in the neonatal intensive care units at Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD Hillcrest, and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. This service is one of five of its kind in the United States.
She also co-directs the UCSD Center for Perinatal Health within the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Her research interests include the development of non-invasive methods of assessing newborn brain function, perinatal stroke treatments and outcomes, therapeutic hypothermia, and neonatal seizures.
Dr. Harbert is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Child Neurology Society and the San Diego Neurology Society.
Dr. Harbert is the Principal Investigator for a clinical trial of temporary tattoo electronics for the evaluation of newborn seizures. See articles in UCSD News and San Diego Magazine.
She also serves as a co-investigator for a multi-center trial of levetiracetam in the treatment of newborn seizures, and for a multi-center registry for neonatal seizures. Dr. Harbert has presented the only work to date in the application of therapeutic hypothermia in perinatal stroke. Read more.