MJ Harbert 

Mary Jo Harbert 

Assistant Clinical Professor


Contact Information

Email: mharbert@ucsd.edu

Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Drive # 0691
La Jolla, CA 92093-0691

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.  

  1. Potter, A.J., Gollahon, K.A., Palanca, B.J., Harbert, M.J., Choi, Y.M., et. al. (2002) Flow cytometric analysis of the cell cycle phase specificity of DNA damage induced by radiation, hydrogen peroxide and doxorubicin. Carcinogenesis, 23(3), 389-401. PMID:11895853
  2. Harbert, M.J., & Gleeson, J.G. (2007) Classifying a novel brain malformation. Brain, 130(9), 2242-2244. PMID:17711979
  3. Bussing, R., Siddiqi, S., Janicke, D.M., Harbert, M.J., Trauner, D., et. al. (2009) Late onset autistic symptoms and other fluctuating behaviors. J Dev Behav Pediatr., 30(6),593-596. PMID:20414073
  4. Harbert, M.J., Tam, E.W., Glass, H.C., Bonifacio, S.L., Haeusslein, L.A., et. al. (2011) Hypothermia Is Correlated With Seizure Absence in Perinatal Stroke. J Child Neurol, 26(9), 1126-1130 PMCID:PMC3594994
  5. Harbert, M.J., Yeh-Nayre, L.A., O'Halloran, H.S., Levy, M.L., & Crawford, J.R. (2011) Unrecognized visual field deficits in children with primary central nervous system brain tumors. J Neurooncol, 107(3), 545-549. PMID:22139448
  6. Harbert, M.J., Jett, M., Appelbaum, M., Nass, R., & Trauner, D.A. (2012) Perinatal risk factors and later social, thought, and attention. Stroke Res Treat. 2012;2012:914546.PMCID: PMC3364013

Dr. Harbert was a finalist for San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award 2013.  She also received the Golden Neuron Award during her Child Neurology Fellowship at UCSD in 2010.