Alexander M. Scharko, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Main Hospital, 9th Floor, Room 9NE94
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Office: 215-590-1026
Fax: 267-426-7356
B.S. (Biology & Psychology )
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI, 1980.
University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine & Public Health, 1993.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Psychopharmacology (including the neurobiology and treatment of acute aggression and pharmacothermodynamics).

Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry

Suicide Risk Assessment in Children and Adolescents

Treatment of Behavioral Manifestations of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

Description of Other Expertise

Descriptive and Mathematical Modeling of Development, Mental Health, and Mental Illness

Medical Education

Description of Research Expertise

Single author of published systematic reviews in: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-induced sexual dysfunction in adolescents; psychiatric disorders in the context of pediatric HIV/AIDS; the infection hypothesis of schizophrenia.

Selected Publications

Doupnik S., Henry K.M., Bae H., Litman J., Turner S., Scharko A.M., Feudtner C.: Mental health conditions and symptoms in pediatric hospitalizations: A single-center point prevalence study. Academic Pediatrics 17: 184-190, 2017.

Boyd, R.C., Scharko, A.M., Cole, J.C., Patterson, C.A., Benton, T.D., Power, T.J. : Training pediatric psychologists for perinatal behavioral health services in a pediatric hospital. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 23: 99-111, 2016 Notes:

Scharko, A.M: Cat ownership and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 169: 504, 2015 Notes:

Scharko, A.M., Panzer, J., McIntyre, C.M.: : Treatment of delirium in the context of anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibody encephalitis. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 54: 233-234, 2015.

Fieldston, E., Jonas, J., Scharko, A.M: Boarding of pediatric psychiatry patients is a no-fly zone for value. Hospital Pediatrics 4: 133-134, 2014.

Scharko A.M: The infection hypothesis of schizophrenia: A systematic review. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science 1: 47-56, 2011.

Scharko, A.M. : A description of 200 consecutive admissions to an adolescent male treatment unit. Wisconsin Medical Journal 106: 317-321, 2010.

Walkup, J.T., Albano, A.M., Piacentini, J., Birmaher, B., Compton, S.N., Sherrill, J.T., Ginsburg, G.S., Rynn, M.A., McCracken, J., Waslick, B., Iyengar, S., Marsh, J.S., Kendall, P.C.: Cognitive behavioral therapy, sertraline, or a combination in childhood anxiety. New England Journal of Medicine 359: 2753-2766, 2008.

Scharko, A.M., Schumacher, J: Case report: Prolonged QTc interval in a 14-year-old girl with escitalopram overdose. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 18: 297-298, 2008.

Scharko, A.M: Regular guest speaker on children’s mental health, “To Your Health” call-in radio show WOKY, Milwaukee May to November 2007.

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Last updated: 10/10/2018
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