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Rebecca Scharf, MD

Rebecca J Scharf, MD

Department: Pediatrics Division: Developmental Pediatrics Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics ABMS Certification: General Pediatrics

Contact Information

P.O. Box 800386 Charlottesville, VA 22908-0386 Phone: 434.924.2345 Other Locations:
Child Development and Rehabilitation Center


Dr. Rebecca Scharf was born and raised in New Jersey, and studied psychology during her undergraduate years at Wheaton College. She attended medical school at SUNY Downstate. During pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital, she pursued her interest in caring for children with disabilities around the world as the global health resident. She then completed a fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine/Rose F. Kennedy Center for Developmental Disabilities. She also earned a master’s of public health in epidemiology at Columbia University. 

Dr. Scharf came to the UVA Children’s Hospital in 2011 to care for children with developmental concerns and to work in the UVA Center for Global Health. Here at UVA Children’s Hospital she sees patients in five clinics: Myelomeningocele/Spina Bifida, Neuromuscular/Muscular Dystrophy/Spinal Muscular Atrophy, International Child Development/Refugee, Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Congenital Cardiac Disease and General Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Scharf enjoys teaching medical students about childhood disability and global health. Her research focuses on improving child development and nutrition in locations around the world, including Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Brazil. She also collaborates with the uVA Department of Biomedical Engineering to study ways to improve care for children with neuromuscular disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.  

Living in Charlottesville has been wonderful for her, her husband and their two daughters, and they still visit NYC frequently as well. They enjoy hiking, visiting the library and traveling together.