Dr. Karen Harum, MD, FAAP

Board Certified General Pediatrician

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Dr. Karen H. Harum has practiced developmental medicine for over 23 years and has special expertise in the neuroscience of learning and autism. Her affiliations include:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Fellowship Trained
  • Member, Society for Developmental Pediatrics
  • Member, Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs

Dr. Harum is a graduate of the University of Miami and Stetson University. She received pediatric training at the University of Miami and training in her subspecialty of neuro-developmental disabilities at Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Harum and Clinic for Special Children were originally located in New Bern, NC through mid-2006 and relocated to Wilmington, NC in late 2006.


  • 1999- Completed Fellowship training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Johns Hopkins University/ Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • 1991, 1999, 2005, 2016 – American Board of Pediatrics
  • 2000, 2018- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • 1988 – National Board of Medical Examinations
  • 2007 – National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology
  • 1991, 2001 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • 1992, 2001 – Neonatal Advanced Life Support
  • 1991, 2001 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support


  • 1997-1999 – National Research Service Award in Neuroscience
  • 1982 – Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • 1983 – Chemistry Honor Society
  • 1978 – College scholarship in Oboe performance at Stetson University

Professional Organizations

  • 2012 – Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs
  • 1995 – Kennedy Fellows Association

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What our patients say


Dr. Harum has been my son’s neurodevelopment pediatrician for many years. She is very kind, thorough, and has a genuine appreciation for my son as a person, and as a Patient, which is evident in her quality of care. I appreciate how she takes the time to understand my concerns and share with me in both my son’s successes and his challenges. She is a gift to the autism community and a credit to her profession and I feel so very fortunate to have her in our life.


Hola mi nombre es Lourdes. Tenemos 3 anos de ser pacientes de la Dra. Harum. Cuando comenzamos el tratamiento mi hijo no hablaba el tenia 4 años. Estaba ausente y parecía no interesarle lo que pasaba a su alrededor. No se daba cuenta quien era mami y papi, tenia constantes rabietas. Hoy gracias a Dios y a la Dra. Harum mi campeón esta hablando, teniendo muchos progresos en todo. Esta hablando en 2 idiomas, esta leyendo y escribiendo en ingles. Estoy muy feliz! Gracias Dra. Harum por su excelente trabajo y amor por mi niño.


Hello my names is Lourdes. We have been patients of Dr. Harum’s for 3 years. When we began treatment, my son did not speak and was 4 years old. He was “absent” and appeared to not be interested in anything that was going on around him. He wasn’t aware of who his mommy and daddy were, had constant meltdowns but today, thank God and Dr. Harum my son is talking and making a lot of progress in all areas. He is speaking in 2 languages, is reading and writing in English and I am so happy! Thank you Dr. Harum for your excellent work and love for my child!

Ruth in Raleigh

La Dra. Harum es una doctora profesional y muy perfeccionista. Fue la única doctora en encontrar un diagnostico mas preciso para mi hijo. Estamos sumamente agradecidos con ella. Altamente recomendable.

Ruth in Raleigh

Dr. Harum is a very professional and perfectionistic. She was the only doctor to find a more precise diagnosis for my son. We are exceedingly thankful for her. Highly recommendable.


When we first brought our son to meet Dr. Harum, he was a nonverbal 3 year old with moderate to severe regressive autism. That means he wasn’t born autistic, he actually had a great first year then regressed into the condition from injury. She helped bring our son back. We fought to recover using a variety of treatments and she knew her plan of action from the day she first evaluated his case. The most effective treatments were; 30 days of Valtrex to counteract the MMR vaccine, chelation and glutathione to remove toxins and heavy metals, supplements to replenish deficient minerals and improve metabolic processes, and Epsom salt baths to strengthen the “leaky gut”. We also learned all about food and made diet changes going more organic and removing artificial colors and preservatives as much as possible. Within six months of treatment, he began to speak again. We set out in the beginning to fight for recovery and now he is 7 and is a lovely soft spoken boy who loves to play with friends, play video games, and does very well in school. We continue to meet goals and set new ones. With Dr. Harum’s expertise, we have confidence our son will be a loving and independent adult and we encourage anyone looking for a specialist in this field that they need look no further than Dr. Karen Harum’s Clinic for Special Children.

Crystal in Raleigh

Dede told me you guys were the BOMB and she wasn’t kidding! If every doctors visit and medical experience mirrored you all, this world would be a better place and in a WHOLE LOT BETTER SHAPE!