Rebecca J Scharf

Rebecca J Scharf, MD

Developmental Pediatrics
Call 434.924.0123
Primary Location:
Developmental Pediatrics Clinic

5th Floor

1204 W. Main St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
General Pediatrics
Clinical Practice:
Cerebral Palsy- Pediatric, Developmental Disabilities- Pediatric, Spina Bifida, Neurocutaneous Disorders, Pediatric Therapy & Rehab, Spinal Muscular Atrophy - Pediatric
Associate Professor

Rebecca Scharf, MD MPH, has always been fascinated by child development. She studied Developmental Psychology during undergraduate years at Wheaton College in Illinois and then attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.

During a pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, she pursued her interests in caring for children with disabilities around the world as global health resident. She completed a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine/Rose F. Kennedy Center for Developmental Disabilities in the Bronx. She completed a Master’s of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Scharf came to UVA in 2011 to care for children with developmental concerns and to work in the Center for Global Health. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology. Here in the UVA Children’s Hospital, she sees patients in four clinics: 1) Myelomeningocele/Spina Bifida, 2) Neuromuscular/Muscular Dystrophy/Spinal Muscular Atrophy, 3) International Child Development/Refugee, and 4) Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Congenital Cardiac Disease.

Rebecca 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 Biomedical Engineering to study ways to improve care for children with neuromuscular disorders. She is the associate program director for the neurodevelopmental pediatrics fellowship program.

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. 

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY 2004
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY (Pediatrics)
Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY (Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics)