Antigone Papavasiliou

Antigone S. Papavasiliou, MD, graduated from the University of Athens Medical School. She trained in Pediatrics (Mount Zion Hospital, CA, USA) and in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology (Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI, USA). She was appointed as Assistant Professor in Child Neurology (1990, University of Crete, Greece), a post given up to serve the newly established Greek NHS. She served as Head of Department of Pediatric Neurology, at the Pendeli Children’s Hospital (NHS) in Athens for 27 years.

She is Head Pediatric Neurologist at IASO Private Children’s Hospital since 2017. She is founding member of the Hellenic Society of Pediatric Neurology and served as member of the Board and President.

Her clinical and research activities focus around Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Disorders, Epilepsy and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

She is the leader of the Attica Cerebral Palsy Registry (Athens Metropolitan area), member of the SCPE group.

She is author and co-author over 60 original papers in international peer-reviewed journals and many review articles and book chapters in Greek. She is the editor of Greek medical books and information pamphlets for parents.

Akmer Mutlu

Akmer Mutlu, PT, Ph. D. graduated from the School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Hacettepe University in 1998. In 1999, she started to work as a research assistant in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit of the School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Hacettepe University. In 2001, she obtained her M.Sc. degree with a thesis entitled “Reliability of goniometric measurements,  Ashworth and Modified Ashworth Scales in children with spastic cerebral palsy” and began her Ph.D. programme which she successfully completed in 2008 with her doctorate dissertation entitled “Assessment of infants with risks by Prechtl Analysis during the early intervention period”. She, then, began to work as a lecturer in the same department. At different times, she worked as an observer on Prechtl Analysis of Newborns and Infants in the Institute of Physiology, Graz School of Medicine and as a “predoctoral fellow” at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. During her stay in Chicago, Akmer Mutlu gave presentations on Pediatric Physical Therapy in Turkey” as an invited speaker of the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 2011, she had her ’’Assoc. Prof’’ and in 2018 “Prof.” degree in Hacettepe University. Her areas of interest include high risk infants, premature babies, early intervention, general movements of preterm and term infants with Prechtl Analysis, children with cerebral palsy and other childhood disabilities and their rehabilitation. She is now the one of the professionals working on Prechtl Analysis in the clinical and research field in Turkey.

Deirdre McDowell

Deirdre McDowell, PT, PCS, C/NDT obtained her degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.  She has been a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has worked in Hospital-based centers, medical schools, and private practice.

Deirdre McDowell developed physical therapy consult services for the CHOSEN Clinic (medically fragile and multiply disabled children’s clinic), a part of the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She is a clinical instructor at Pediatric Therapy Center, a large multidisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation center in Houston, Texas.

Deirdre McDowell served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine from 2013-2016, chaired the International Affairs Committee for the AACPDM for several years and remains as an active committee member across several committees. She is currently part of the IAACD membership steering committee.

Her specialty areas include early identification of neuromuscular disorder, movement disorders in children, and secondary musculoskeletal disorders commonly experienced by children with cerebral palsy.

Freeman Miller

Freeman Miller, MD obtained his degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Virginia. He was Co-director of the Cerebral Palsy Program and the Clinical Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for 30 years. His clinical practice of pediatric orthopedics is limited to children with cerebral palsy. Reseach interests include investigation of surgical outcomes of CP surgery through gait analysis; mathematical modeling of the hip joint in children with CP, hip monitoring and management for children with CP, and management of spinal deformity in CP.  Dr. Miller has published approximately 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, has published a book Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Caregiving directed at families and is now in the 3rd edition. A medical textbook, Cerebral Palsy outlining musculoskeletal care of the child with cerebral palsy was published in 2005 by Springer-Verlag with 2nd edition to be release in 2020. He has been invited to give lectures in more then 35 different countries.

Gunnar Hagglund

Gunnar Hägglund, Professor and Pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Lund University and Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. Gunnar Hägglund was one of the initiators and creators of the nationwide quality registry and secondary prevention follow-up program for cerebral palsy – CPUP– a program that actively follows and treats 95 percent of the Swedish pediatric population with CP. Professor Hägglund has been the Director of CPUP for twenty-five years. During Hägglund’s lead, CPUP has expanded to include persons with CP across the lifespan. The program has spread and has now been implemented in Norway, Denmark, Scotland and parts of several other countries like Iceland, England, Jordan, Russia and Uruguay.

Hank Chambers

Hank Chambers, MD obtained his degrees from Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.   He finished a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship in San Diego under David Sutherland, Scott Mubarak and Dennis Wenger.

Currently Dr. Chambers is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.  

Dr. Chambers is currently the Director of the Southern Family Cerebral Palsy Program at Rady Children’s Hospital.  He also is the Co-Director of 360 Sports, the sports medicine program at Rady Children’s Hospital.   He is active nationally in many organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is a Past President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and is also the Past President of PRISM, a pediatric sports medicine research society which he co-founded.  He has published over 100 articles and 40 book chapters He has been a visiting professor at over 95 institutions throughout the world and has been recognized as one of the Top Doctors in San Diego, Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in the US News and World Report and Who’s Who in America and in the World.

Heakyung Kim

Heakyung Kim, MD received her M.D. from the Medical School of Ewha     Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and was trained at the Department   of Rehabilitation Medicine of Yonsei University, School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea and at the Department of Rehabilitation of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She serves as Vice Chair    and A. David Gurewitsch Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine of Columbia    University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center, Director of Pediatric PM&R at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Chief of Dept of   Physiatry at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, New York, USA. She is founding director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship program at Columbia/New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified physiatrist in the USA and South Korea and holds subspecialty boards in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. She specializes in single event multilevel chemoneurolysis (SEMLC) with botulinum toxin and phenol/alcohol injections, botulinum toxin injections to salivary glands, and pain management in children and adults with cerebral palsy. Her research interests focus on spasticity management and robotic therapy and exercise for weak spastic limbs in children with cerebral palsy and drooling management with botulinum toxin. Dr. Kim has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors” by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly as well as a “Super   Doctor” by New York Times. She is nationally and internationally regarded as an expert in pediatric rehabilitation medicine, especially spasticity and pain management and botulinum toxin injections to salivary glands with botulinum toxin as well as ultrasound use for botulinum toxin and ethanol injections.

Ismat Ghanem

Ismat Ghanem is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, MSc in Biomechanics (ENSAM, Paris – France). He is currently Director of the Pediatric Orthopedic program – Faculty of medicine – St Joseph University, formerly chairman of the research committee of this faculty and delegate of the faculty at the research council of St Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). His main fields of interest are Neuro-orthopedics, Congenital anomalies, spinal deformities and Bone tumors. He promoted collaboration between engineers and clinicians, by co-founding the Biomedical engineering module – Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Beyrouth – USJ. He is co-founder and co-director of the gait and biomechanics laboratory, St Joseph University.

Ismat Ghanem is member of various scientific societies, and is currently board member of the IFPOS (International Federation of Pediatric Orthopedic Societies), and Formerly General Secretary of European Pediatric Orthopedic Society (EPOS), and member of EPOS nomination committee. He is reviewer and board member of various journals (CORR, RCO, OTSR, JPOB, JCOR and BMC) and was organizer or co-organizer of more than 15 local or international conferences.

Professor Ghanem was 7 times best paper award winner in international conferences, and was 30 times invited speaker and visiting professor in many countries. He has 125 scientific publications in peer review journals and 35 chapters in books or encyclopedias.

Kariman Abelin Genevois

Dr. Kariman Abelin Genevois is the assistant chief of staff in charge of the pediatric spine and CP program and scientific chief officer at the Medico Surgical Center of Les Massues, French Red Cross, Lyon (France). She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Lyon.

Dr. Abelin Genevois completed her general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, with both training in pediatric and adult orthopedic surgery. She also completed a four year fellowship and 2 years assistant professorship in the biggest pediatric hospitals in France, Trousseau Hospital and Sick Children Hospital of Necker in Paris and Mother and Child University Hospital in Lyon.

Dr. Abelin Genevois has also been graduated in 2015 after 3 years research program in Biomechanics at Toulouse University (France) with a PhD thesis focusing on the long term biomechanical impact of spinal fusions in AIS on the lumbar spine.  She is a full time Staff Senior Surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medico Surgical Hospital of Les Massues but still collaborates actively with the Pediatric Departments of Lyon and Saint Etienne. She is also involved in the CP management care in three major pediatric and adult care centers for disabled patients.

Her research interests are mainly directed to AIS (etiology, prediction of progression and optimal surgical decision making) and gait/balance analysis in spinal disorders of children. Dr. Abelin Genevois has done many outreach projects in different countries, including Armenia.

She is an active member of the French Pediatric Surgery Association (member of the Research Council), an active member of the French College of Orthopedic Surgery, active member and board member of the French Spine Society, active member of the Scoliosis Research Society and member of the European Pediatric Orthopedic Society and the Nordic Spine Deformity Society.

Through SRS and Eurospine, she has yearly organized and co-chaired education courses and is faculty member in leading pediatric orthopedic and spine educational programs.

Lori Pogarian

Lori Pogarian, MS CCC-SLP graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s in Science for Communication Disorders and Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the hospital, private clinic and home health settings with adults and children.

She is currently a medical speech language pathologist working at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit primarily with adults treating with an interdisciplinary team. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy and Myofunctional Therapy.

Lori Pogarian was part-time faculty in 2019 at the Armenian State Pedagogical University in the department of speech language pathology and the lead medical speech language pathologist at the Surb Astvatsamayr Medical Center for pediatrics in Yerevan, Armenia.

Her specialty areas include dysphagia, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, aphasia, and cognitive-linguistic disorders for patients status post traumatic brain injuries, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases and other neurological disorders.

Marek Jozwiak

Marek Piotr Jozwiak MD PhD is a professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine, Head of Pediatric Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of Gait and Biomechanics Laboratory Karol Marcinkowski Medical University Wiktor Dega Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a National Consultant in Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine. Dr. Jozwaik is one of the co-founders of EEMCPDM meetings.

His main scientific interests are cerebral palsy, spastic hip disease, gait pathology, lever arm deformity, spasticity, selectivity, functional development, congenital limb deformity.

Michael Aiona

Michael D. Aiona M.D. is part of the clinical staff of the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland, Director of the Gait Analysis Lab and Clinical Research programs for over 25 years. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery Division of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Dr. Aiona belongs to the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of America, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and has served as president of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Dr. Aiona currently is an associate editor of Gait and Posture. His clinical and research interests are in gait analysis, limb length inequality, and cerebral palsy.

Michael Sussman

Michael D. Sussman M.D., received his orthopedic training at Johns Hopkins University and the Children’s Hospital in Boston. From 1976 to 1992, he was in the division of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was chief of the medical staff at the Portland Shriners Hospital in 1992. He has been a visiting professor and lectured on these topics throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He has received the Arthur H. Huene award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pediatric orthopaedics and in support of future endeavors. He also was the recipient of the “Gayle Arnold Award” and presented the award lecture at the 2008 American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. In 2017 he received Mentorship Award from AACPDM for his outstanding work in training pediatric orthopedic surgeons from different countries of the world.

He has a special interest and expertise in cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies, and foot deformities, including clubfoot.

He lectures worldwide in these areas and has been president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy. He has also received a lifetime service award from the Oregon branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Nana Nino Tatishvili

Nana Nino Tatishvili, professor of Neurology, head of Neuroscience Department of Central  Children’s  Hospital, Tbilisi, Georgia;  Chair of Neurology of D.Tvildiani  Medical University, president of Georgian association of child neurology and neurosurgery, member of Task Force “Access to AED” of ILAE One of founders of Georgian LAE, first Secretary-general.

President of Georgian LAE 2010-2017 Organizer and chair of scientific committee of “Regional Caucasian Summer School on Clinical Epileptology”  from 2008 till now, in partnership with ILAE Europe Coauthor of fellowship program for neurology and pediatric neurology in Georgia “Clinical Electroencephalography and Epileptology” Author of residency program in pediatric neurology and competencies of pediatric neurology in Georgia President of European Academy of Childhood  Disability  annual meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, 2018 Member of Editorial Board of journals “Epileptology – Facts & Controversies” and of Turkish Journal “Pediatric Neurology” Recipient of European Epilepsy Education Award in 2016.

Her clinical research interest includes epilepsy, cerebral palsy, stroke and neurodevelopmental disorders Author of 52 publications and one monograph

Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum, M.D., FRCP(C) is a Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University. In 1989, he co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (2001- 2014), has held more than 80 peer-reviewed research grants, and is a contributing author to > 370 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in more than 30 countries. National and international recognition includes the Ross Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society (2000); an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Université Laval (2005); the AACPDM’s first Mentorship Award (2007) and its Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). In 2015, he received the inaugural Holland Bloorview Medal of Excellence for “outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive global advancements in the field of childhood disabilities. In October 2017, he was honoured by the University of Haifa with the university’s Carmel Award of Merit in recognition of his lifetime achievements in childhood disabilities research. In May 2018, he received the Fondation Paralysie Cérébral/Fondation Motrice Prize at the 30th annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability.

Reinald Brunner

Reinald Brunner is Professor for paediatric orthopaedics and head of the neuroorthopaedic unit of the University Children’s Hospital Basel. This unit comprises one of the first motion analysis labs of Europe. His special interest is orthopaedic problems in neuromuscular disorders, especially cerebral palsy. He is an internationally recognised specialist in the field. He only recently gave up a vice dean ship of the medical faculty responsible for the support of juniors, and he still acts as vice head of the department of bioengineering of the medical faculty. He was awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 2013 (F.R.C.S. ad hominem), by the Swiss Orthopaedic Society Swiss Orthopaedics 2014 (honorary member), and by the Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2016 (the Swiss equivalent of ISPO, honorary member). He leads the EPOS study group for neuromuscular disorders. He further runs programs to support paediatric and neuroorthopaedic treatment in India, Armenia, and Uzbekistan. He serves on Gait & Posture as an associate editor.

Tatevik Darbinian

Tatevik Darbinian, MS, CCC-SLP graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Saint Petersburg) in 2004 and later continued her education in California State University, Los Angeles and Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida. She works as a speech language pathologist for Los Angeles Unified School District and runs her private practice in Glendale, CA. Tatevik specializes in Early Intervention and mainly works with 1-3 population in her practice. Her areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorders, Motor Speech Disorders, Stuttering and AAC.

Uri Givon

Uri Givon, MD received his MD from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, finished an orthopaedic residency at the Sheba Medical Center and a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington DE. Dr. Givon is an attending pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Safra Hospital for Children, and is the director of the motion analysis laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel. His clinical work focuses on neuro-orthopedics, cerebral palsy, Rett syndromes and multiple sclerosis. His research activities focus on these areas as well as pediatric trauma and osteo-articular infections

He is an assistant professor of orthopedics at the Sackler School for Medicine, Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Givon has been active in the AACPDM since 2000 as a presenter and committee member, committee chair, a Director at Large between the years 2011-2012 and secretary of the AACPDM between the years 2016-2019.

Dr. Givon is a member of the Eastern European and Mediterranean Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Group (EEMCPDM) and was active in the meetings held in Turkey, Greece, Poland, Israel and Russia. He is an active member of the European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS), The Israeli Pediatric Orthopedic Society and the Israeli Orthopedic Association.

Janice Cockrell

Janice Cockrell MD graduated from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago 1972 and completed her pediatric residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975 She has worked in pediatrics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and San Jose, Costa Rica. After returning to the United States, she taught pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia until she decided to specialize in pediatric rehabilitation. She completed her rehabilitation residency at the Medical College of Virginia and was the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation and associate professor of pediatrics and PM&R until 1992, when she was appointed the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She retired from that position in 2014 but continues to work part time as the medical director of the pediatric feeding clinic at Legacy Emanuel Randall Children’s Hospital. Here areas of interest are traumatic brain injury, feeding issues in children, and lifespan challenges for individuals with physical disabilities.