Marilisa Gibellato Elrod


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Head, Division of Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Research Interests:
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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship 2012 – 2015
Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship 2013 – 2014
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Pediatric Residency, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA 2010 – 2012

Pediatric Internship, National Capitol Consortium, Bethesda, MD 2005 - 2006

M.D. The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH 1998 - 2005

Ph.D. Biostatistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1999 - 2005

M.S. Statistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1999 - 2002

M.A. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2002

B.A. Honors Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 1996 – 1998
British Marshall Scholar- Trinity College

B.S. Honors Mathematics, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1992 – 1996
With Distinction (9th of 900)


CDR Marilisa Elrod graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1996. Selected as a British Marshall Scholar, she deferred entrance into medical school to attend Cambridge University.

While in England, Elrod earned an Honors degree in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge University. CDR Elrod then studied at The Ohio State University, completing an MS in Statistics and a PhD in Biostatistics and graduated with an MD in June 2005.

Marilisa completed her pediatric internship at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD. She was selected as an Undersea Medical Officer and completed Navy Dive School. In July 2007, she reported to Naval Submarine Support Command, Pearl Harbor as the Medical Department Head. Elrod was awarded her “dolphins” in 2008 becoming the 12th woman in the history of the US Navy to be qualified in submarines.

She then returned to complete her pediatric residency in 2012 at NMCSD. CDR Elrod completed her fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2015. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Elrod currently serves as the Chief of the Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics Division at NMCP. She is the director of Research for the Department of Pediatrics, and is on the Institutional Review Board. She is an Assistant Professor at USUHS. Her research endeavors focus on sleep, the impact of moving homes in military children, and access to intensive behavioral therapy in children with autism.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Chair, Pediatric Department Research Committee, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, 2015-present

Member, Institutional Review Board- 1, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, 2015-present

Editorial Board Member, PREP BDPeds, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017- present

Madigan Foundation Fellows Research Manuscript Award 2015

Department Head, Medical Department, Naval Submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor, 2007-2009

Undersea Medical Officer Qualified in Submarines, 2008, Diving Medical Officer Pin- completed Navy Dive School in Panama City, FL, 2007

Ohio State University Distinguished University Fellowship 2000

British Marshall Scholarship- Trinity College, Cambridge University 1996

United States Naval Academy Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate 1996

USA-Today Academic All-American, 2nd Team 1996

Representative Bibliography

Elrod MG, Nylund CM, Susi A, Gorman GH, Hisle-Gorman E, Erdie-Lalena CR (2016). Sleep Disorders and Related Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnoses. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Special Issue on Sleep in Pediatric and Developmental Conditions, 37(5):377-384.

Adams DA, Susi A, Erdie-Lalena CR, Gorman G, Hisle-Gorman E, Rajnik M, Elrod M, Nylund C. (2016). Otitis Media and Related Complications Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46 (5): 1636-1642.

Elrod MG, Hood BS. (2015). Sleep Differences Among Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Typically Developing Peers: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(3): 166-177.

Mahon, R.T., Dainer H.M., Gibellato M.G., Soutiere S.E. (2009). Short Oxygen Pre-Breathe Periods Reduce or Prevent Severe Decompression Sickness in a 70 kg Swine Saturation Model. J Appl Physiol, 106(4),1459-63.

Gibellato, M.G. (2005). Stochastic Modeling of the Sleep Process. PhD Dissertation, The Ohio State University.

Gibellato M.G., Moore J.L., Selby K., and Bower E.A. (2001). Effects of Lovastatin and Pravastatin on Cognitive Function in Military Aircrew. Aviat Space Environ Med, 72(9), 805-12.