ADOPTION:Medical Experts and Clinical Staff

Patient care is provided by the following experts from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center located in Baltimore, MD.


Cecilia Davoli

Developmental Pediatrician, International Adoption Clinic,
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
M.D. (1987), Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Davoli is a board-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also board-certified in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrcis. She has also completed a three-year fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and has expertise in developmental assessment of infants and children. She performs both pre-adoption videotape reviews, and post-adoption developmental assessments. In addition to running the International Adoption Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she is the Institute's Outpatient Medical Director.


The following co-founders of this clinic do not provide patient care but remain actively involved with the clinic's daily operations.


Director and Co-founder of the International Adoption Clinic,
Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Co-director Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit, John's Hopkins Children's Center
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
MD (1986), The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Schwengel is board certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She is also the adoptive mother of a child from China. Through a combination of personal and professional interests, Dr. Schwengel has co-founded and organized the International Adoption Clinic with the help of the other individuals listed on this web site. Dr. Schwengel's goals for the Clinic are to provide education and medical services to adoptive families, and to participate in research projects that will improve the well-being of adopted children and their families.


Lana Warren

Vice President, Clinical Programs and Inpatient Services, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Co-founder of the International Adoption Clinic,
Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Part-time instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Warren currently oversees the clinical disciplines at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and has worked for many years as a pediatric occupational therapist. She has two adoptive daughters, one from Peru and one from India. Through personal experience she has a heightened awareness of the need for specialty medical services for children being adopted internationally. In talking with many other adoptive parents, concerns about their child’s development were often expressed. Combining the expertise of the clinicians at Kennedy Krieger with the medical specialists at Hopkins to found this Clinic provides a much-needed service in the mid-Atlantic area for parents of internationally-adopted children.

Appointments & Referrals



Read inspiring stories, news and updates about the Institute's patient care, research, special education, professional training, and community programs.


Resource Finder


A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.