I believe that every person is valuable and deserves respect, regardless of their ability or disability, and regardless of the severity of their disability.

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Medical School

  • Yale University , 1973 , New Haven , CA

Internship

  • Duke University , 1974 , Durham , NC

Residency

  • Duke University , 1974 , Durham , NC

Residency

  • University of Michigan , 1978 , Ann Arbor , MI

Fellowship

  • University of Michigan , 1978 , Ann Arbor , MI

Fellowship

  • Harvard Medical School , 1999 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I became interested in neurology when I was in high school and wanted to learn how the brain works. I entered medicine in order to take care of patients with brain problems, choosing neurology over psychiatry because it seemed like a better fit for me.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My Professional and academic activities are concentrated on the issues related to neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD), particularly epilepsy, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability (what used to be called mental retardation) and autism. In June 2004 I became the President of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). While I was President, I began the process that led to changing the name of the organization to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) in 2008. I was also a co-author on the official document that changed the name from mental retardation to intellectual disability. I have had a long-standing interest in ethics and spirituality related to neurodevelopmental disabilities. I have written many articles on the treatment of epilepsy ion children with other neurodevelopmental disabilities, and this continues to be a large part of my clinical practice. I have been the neurologist at a school for autism for the past 12 years, where I also treat many children who had seizures. At BCH I am part of the team caring for children with cerebral palsy and continue to participate in continuing education activities on that topic.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology