Jennifer Pettiford Alexander, MD

Neonatologist in Fairfax, Leesburg, and Falls Church

Medical School

The George Washington University


St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children


University of Maryland

Board Certifications:

  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor

Specialties & Hospital Affiliations


Dr. Alexander grew up here in Northern Virginia and am thrilled to be back at work in this thriving community. She is contributing to the continued progress of our NICU by leading the NICU transport and code/simulation committees.  Dr. Alexander also enjoys mentoring aspiring medical studies and neonatologists and participating in resident and nursing education.  Outside of work, aside from being with her active boys and husband, she is learning to garden and play tennis.


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar: Awarded full scholarship to undergraduate school for academic excellence and community service
  • Marshall Klaus Research Award: Competitive grant awarded to neonatal fellows for their research project

Professional Interests

Neonatal nursing education, Neonatal transport medicine.


Pearl PL, Gibson KM, Cortez MA, Wu Y, Carter Snead O, Knerr I, Forester K, Pettiford JM, Jackobs C, Theodore WH.  Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency: lessons from mice and men.  J Inherit Metab Dis 2009;32(3):343-52.

Evan S, Forester K, Pettiford JM, Morozova O.  Increasing physical function through physiatric intervention for children with paediatric neurotransmitter disorders.  J Inherit Metab Dis 2009 Jun;32(3):381-6.

Phillip L. Pearl, Jennifer M. Pettiford, Susan E. Combs, Ari Heffron, Sean Healton, Alexandra Hovaguimian and Charles J. Macri.  Assessment of genetics knowledge and skills in medical students: Insight for a clinical neurogenetics curriculum.  Biochemistry and Biology Molecular Education 2011;39(3):191-5.

Sucrose during heel lance and effect on social behavior and pain thresholds in the neonatal rat, Jennifer P. Alexander, MD, Kristen Wellmann, PhD, Sandra Mooney, PhD. ESPR Abstract 267, 2015;SPR 1569.509, 2015.