Joel Selanikio, MD| Pediatrics | MedStar Health

Joel Selanikio, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Specialties: Pediatrics

Languages: Spanish, French, English

(202) 243-3434

About me

Dr. Joel Selanikio (@jselanikio) is an award-winning physician, epidemiologist, TED speaker, futurist, and emergency responder working in the fields of technology, healthcare, entrepreneurship, innovation, artificial intelligence, big data, child health, global health, and disaster response.

He is the winner of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare, and the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation, and a founding member of the World Health Organization Digital Health Roster of Experts.

A frequent keynote speaker, Dr. Selanikio speaks and consults on the intersection of technology, health, and healthcare, identifying ways in which advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence will alter healthcare, global health, the pharmaceutical industry, and our personal health.

He has consulted and/or spoken at Davos, Foo Camp, Nasdaq, WHO, UNICEF, IFRC, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and for many leading organizations in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry – and has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, TED, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.

An emergency responder and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator, he served as a consultant epidemiologist to the DC Department of Health and to FEMA for the COVID-19 response over 2020 to 2021. In December 2014 to January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh, Indonesia. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son, and continues to practice pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Behavior Concern
  • Cough
  • Ear Infections
  • Feeding Problems
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Headache
  • Newborn Feeding Problems
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Well Child Exam
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Migraine
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acne
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Anal Fissure
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Anxiety
  • Arm Pain
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Behavior Concern
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Breathholding Spells
  • Calf Pain
  • Celiac Diarrhea
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Colic
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cradle Cap
  • Depressed Mood
  • Depression
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Developmental Delay
  • Diarrhea
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Ear Infections
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eczema Herpeticum
  • Elbow Pain
  • Enuresis
  • Failure To Thrive
  • Feeding Problems
  • Fever
  • Food Allergy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Headache
  • Impetigo
  • Irritability
  • Leg Pain
  • Lice
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Neonatal Acne
  • Newborn Feeding Problems
  • Novel Coronavirus
  • Otalgia
  • Pertussis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Scabies
  • School Anxiety
  • School Related Problems
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Strep Throat
  • Substance Addiction
  • Syncope
  • Teething
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Toilet Training Issues
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Weight Problem
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Procedures I perform

  • Autism Testing
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Camp Physicals
  • Concussion Testing
  • Developmental Assessment
  • Examination Of Eyes
  • HIV Testing
  • Newborn Care
  • Novel Coronavirus Testing
  • Novel Coronavirus Vaccine
  • Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Booster
  • School Physical
  • Sports Physical Exam
  • Travel Vaccination
  • Visual Field Testing
  • Well Child Exam
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Practice locations

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53rd and Cloud Pl NE
Dwellings Clay Terr
Washington, DC, 20019

202-444-8888

Fax 202-444-4315

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50th and Banks Pl NE
Lincoln Heights
Washington, DC, 20019

202-444-8888

Fax 202-444-4315

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-8751

Fax 866-990-5516

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Fax 866-990-5516

1st and North St SW
King Greenleaf
Washington, DC, 20024

202-444-8888

Fax 202-444-4315

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Fax 202-444-4315

Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CIGNA EPO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Network OA
    • Aetna HMO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus

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Education

Residency Program: Emory University Hospital (1995)

Medical School: Brown University (1993)

Awards

    • Brown Medical Alumni Association Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Alumni Lecture Award
    • Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation
    • Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare
    • Tech Museum Award for Health
    • US Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
    • US Army Meritorious Service Medal
    • US Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award
    • HHS Secretary's Award for Outstanding Service

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Oct 16, 2023

    Dr. Joel S. Was great! Very kind and included my toddler in the conversation (in both english and spanish). First time my so. was at ease with any doctor, thank you! Also really appreciate how Dr. S. Took the time to answer my questions.

  • May 22, 2023

    Dr Selanikio is an excellent pediatrician with a much-appreciated caring manner with my daughter and me. He's clearly knowledgeable and willing to take the time to explain your situation so both patient and parent understand what's going on. He's not our normal pediatrician, but we were lucky to have him in the office that evening for a last-minute visit for possible strep throat and pink eye.

  • Aug 15, 2022

    Dr. Selanikio was outstanding. I had a wonderful experience. He listened to me, took his time, and explained everything clearly. 10 out of 10.