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Dr. Marc Difazio, MD

Pediatric Neurology ·  Male · Age 53

Dr. Difazio

Children`s National Medical Center

9850 Key West Ave Fl 4 Rockville, MD 20850

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Dr. Marc Difazio, MD is a pediatric neurology specialist in Rockville, MD and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine in 1991 and specializes in pediatric neurology and pediatrics.


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Dr. Difazio's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Cerebral Palsy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Difazio treats Cerebral Palsy more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Difazio treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Brain Disorders
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Difazio treats Brain Disorders more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Difazio treats this condition more than 77% of his peers

Migraine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Difazio treats Migraine more than 41% of his peers

Dr. Difazio treats this condition more than 41% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Basilar Migraine
  • Classic Migraine
  • Common Migraine
  • Complicated Migraine
  • Facioplegic Migraine
  • Familial Hemiplegic Migraine
  • Headache-Free Migraine
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Migrainous Stupor Migraine
  • Oculomotor Migraine
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Visual Migraine

Dr. Difazio's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Ataxia
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baclofen Pump Therapy
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Botox® Injection
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chemodenervation
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Coma
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Febrile Convulsion
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Headache
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parasomnias
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Petit Mal Seizure
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Quadriplegia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sialorrhea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Walking
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Lobe Seizure
  • Tension Headache
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo

About Me

Care Philosophy

My highest priority is to maximize quality of life for patients and family members. To this end, I emphasize the need for facilitating communication with families, and helping patients take responsibility for their health and care plan...

Specialties

  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatrics

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Pediatrics

Education

1999
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1994
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1992
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1991
Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
Medical School
1987
Providence College
Undergraduate School
1999
1994
1992
1991
1987

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Pediatric Teaching Intern of the Year, 1992
  • National Defense Service Medal, 1991
  • Excellence in Innovation, Allergan, Inc., 2005
  • Department of Neurology Staff Instructor of the Year, 2001-2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1996,2002
  • Army Commendation Medal, 1996
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1991

Media & Publications

  • The little Neurotoxin that Could, 4/21/2003
  • Biotinidase deficiency, 2006
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia in a six-year-old Child: a Rare Cause of Childhood Stroke, 8/00
  • Paroxysmal Tonic Upgaze and Partial Tetrasomy of Chromosome 15: A Novel Genetic Association, 2005
  • Early Diagnosis of Spinal Cord Arteriovenous Malformations, 1994
  • Acute Onset of Myoclonus After Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcal Infection, 1998
  • Acute Onset of Myoclonus after Group A Beta Hemolytic Streptococcal Infection: A PANDAS Variant., 10/98
  • The Utility of SPECT Scanning in a Neonate with Hypothalamic Hamartoma and Gelastic Seizures, 7/00
  • Basal Ganglia Injury as a Complication of the Ketogenic Diet, 2002
  • A Focused Review of Treatment with Botulinum Toxins for Low Back Pain, 2003

Dr. Difazio's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Difazio

4.4

Based on 154 reviews

5 Stars
79.22077922077922%
(122)
4 Stars
6.4935064935064934%
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3 Stars
3.2467532467532467%
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2 Stars
0%
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1 Star
11.03896103896104%
(17)

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I've been going to see Dr. DiFazio for years and he is always been concerned for my well-being well beyond the specific condition that he's treating me for. He's very knowledgeable and takes the time to listen and understand what's going on with me.
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After my child endured a concussion, the ER doctors referred us to Dr. DiFazio for a follow-up appointment the next day. My child had fallen, hit their head, blacked out, threw up three times, had an extreme headache, was disoriented for two days, and was extremely fatigued for several days. Point being, their concussion was significant. Dr. DiFazio recommended the opposite of the ER docs. In fact, the medical community consensus is that children should abstain from physical activity - and some
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Bad experience. Save your child life and don’t go to this doctor. Why is he a doctor he has no ideea about neurology. He is not getting back to your emails, no emergency phone number to call. His appointments are less than 2 min. You wait months to schedule an appointment with him and he is trying waking you to the exit after 2 min in his office. No follow up with any blood work or concerns. He is not just invisible there he is very incompetent, not the required training to be a neurologist.
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I strongly recommend Dr. DiFazio to family, friends, any everyone in need of a neurologist. He has been my primary neurologist for the past 5 years and has always provided the best and most helpful care. Dr. DiFazio, staff, and the other physicians are all very friendly and welcoming. Scheduling appointments and/or requesting prescription refills could not be easier, you have the option of scheduling/requesting via online patient portal or phone.
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An amazing doctor,organized,fast and relatable. I would definitely recommend him.
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We just got back from our first visit with Dr. Difazio and had a very positive experience. Dr. Difazio is the medical director of the outpatient facility in Rockville, MD. He was very thorough in his examination, calm in his demeanor and very receptive to all our questions and concerns. He explained everything both to us and to our child. We appreciated how he was very perceptive to our heightened state of anxiety and spent a while addressing our concerns. Overall very good doctor.
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It's impossible to get a hold of Dr. Difazio or to be called back by him. The nurses that I've dealt with have not been very sympathetic, understanding, or too helpful when it comes to questions I've had about my son's care. It's been very frustrating!
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I would totally recommend Dr Difazio. He listened and understood perfectly our problems. He was very kind to us. I'm very happy because i finally find the right place for my daughter.
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My daughter had suffered a head injury four days prior to our visit. Dr Difazio spent ample time examining her and giving us feedback. He answered all of our question and provided us with the background research to put our mind at ease. He was very thorough and created an atmosphere in which my daughter could comfortably ask questions and be involved in her own health care.
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Dr. Difazio is amazing. His calm manner is very helpful to a parent struggling with a scary diagnosis of a young child. He is very knowledgeable and extremely accessible. I am very happy that he is my son's doctor.
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Dr. Difazio came in the room right away, no waiting, and explained in detail about my daughters conditions, ensured completely we did not have any further questions and took the time to explain how we would communicate through the online portal all in record time without feeling in any way rushed. Great bedside manner, lovely.
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Dr. Difazio was fantastic. He was thoughtful, professional and friendly. He made our son feel comfortable and did the same for my wife and myself. I would recommend him to anyone who has to deal with neurological challenges & concerns for their child, especially as most are unexpected and worrisome. His staff was courteous and the facility was well designed (with keeping little people occupied) well thought out and executed.
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I first meet Dr.Difazio, MD on 9/18/17. Very pleasant and child friendly. He greeted us and instantly made a connection with my daughter. Took his time while we were in the examination room doing his assessment and evaluation. The front desk staff was very friendly. The only negative is that there is some type of repairs being done at the entrance of their lobby/waiting area which made it noisy and clustered. Also the availability of appointments are too long of a wait.
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Dr. DiFazio runs a tight ship. Most importantly he is a highly regarded Pediatric Neurologist and for good reason. It puts my mind at ease to know he's on our team! We were seen in a timely fashion with very little waiting. He goes above and beyond to provide patients with valuable, pertinent information about resources available to people with special needs. There are multiple ways to reach him or his office which makes communicating with them easier.
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Dr. Difazio is knowledgeable and caring. My son and I really felt comfortable and pleased with the level of service Dr. Difazio and his team provides.
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Dr. DiFazio is very easy to work with. He has a great bedside manner and always remembers our child and family between visits. We are so thankful to have such a great medical professional on our daughter's team.
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He was more positive, than others doctors that I have seen about my health. He was good at explaining things to me, and asked me ignore I understood him. Even if he wasn't able to give a definitive answer, he was still able to help by prescribing medications that would help me.
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Had a wonderful appointment today with Dr. DeFazio. He was prompt, courteous, and took his time talking to us and answering all our questions. I also have to commend his support staff. The administrative team and Nicki (the nurse) are awesome. Nicki was extremely helpful to me this summer when we needed to get short term Rx filled for my son who went away to two different summer programs.
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Dr. Difazio was wonderful. He spent time listening to not only me but also my sons, one of whom is on the spectrum and has extreme anxiety talking to people. Dr. Difazio was great at relating to them and his answers were direct but not condescending. If I could give more stars I would!
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Though it took a lot of work to get an appointment, Dr. Difazio met all of my expectations. He was thorough and answered my questions. He was great with my daughter and made her feel very at ease! The staff was great.
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