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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caroline Leclercq

Caroline Leclercq is a Former President of the French Society for Surgery of the Hand. Member of the French “Académie de Chirurgie” Honorary member of the British (BSSH) and the Australian Society for Surgery of the Hand Member of the American (ASSH), Hellenic, and Colombian Societies for Surgery of the Hand Former Assistant Editor of the European Journal of Hand Surgery․

Dr Caroline Leclercq studied medicine in Paris, France, and specialized in hand surgery under the guidance of Professor Raoul Tubiana and Professor Alain Gilbert. Following a travelling fellowship in the United States, she joined the Institut de la Main in Paris.

She has developed experience in the treatment of paralysis of the upper limb, especially in the fields of tetraplegia and spasticity, and is a consultant in 9 neurological rehabilitation centres (both adult and children).

She is the author of 7 books and more than 110 scientific articles and book chapters, and has presented more than 70 oral presentations at National and International Society Meetings. She is heavily involved in post-graduate teaching, both nationally and internationally.

Her main fields of interest, besides paralytic and spastic upper limb, are Dupuytren’s disease, sports injuries, and hand tumours.

Beat Knecht

Dr. Beat Knecht, born on 5.10.1945 and raised in Switzerland, studied medicine and received his doctorate, Dr. med., at the University of Zurich. Further training as a specialist in Pediatrics FMH and in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation FMH. As to the function of medical director of the Rehabilitation Centre of Children’s Hospital Zurich Beat Knecht followed various further national and international training.

From 1984 to his retirement 2010, he headed the Rehabilitation Center of Children’s Hospital Zurich (Kinder-Reha Schweiz) as chief physician. During this time, he significantly shaped Pediatric Rehabilitation in Switzerland, especially for children and adolescents with cerebral movement disorders. With enthusiasm he participated in the development and implementation of the ICF-CY in various institutions in Switzerland for children and youth. For him, the ICF is the foundation for today’s understanding of evidence-based rehabilitation and interprofessional teamwork.  

Since his retirement, Beat Knecht has been a volunteer in various organizations, e.g. as a member of the National Bobath Tutors Association in Switzerland. In this organization he is responsible for the further training of therapists in Pediatrics with the Bobath Concept as well as the education of tutors. A particularly good relationship he also has to Armenia. Since 2014, he is pleased to be a member in the “Official Partnership Program: Kinderspital Zürich, Switzerland – Arabkir Hospital Yerevan, Armenia”. In this function, his special interest is to design and promote the Pediatric Rehabilitation in Armenia.

Beth Padden

Dr. med. Beth Padden. After graduating from medical school in Freiburg, Germany in 2002,she finished her training in Zurich Switzerland. Dr. Padden have been working in Pediatrics since 2004, specializing in neurorehabilitation. As a senior physician in the department for rehabilitation at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich and part of the team at the Swiss Children’s Rehab, she focuses on treating children with movement disorders. In addition Dr. Padden is the co-director of the Zurich Center for Spina Bifida and responsible for the postnatal care and coordination of a large population of children following prenatal repair for spina bifida.

Arthur Partikian

Dr. Arthur Partikian is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and Senior Physician in the Department of Health Services of Los Angeles County. He is dually boarded in child neurology and epilepsy.  At the LAC+USC Medical Center, he serves as Director of the Division of Child Neurology and Medical Director of the Dietary Program for Epilepsy. Through his work at the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, he has gained extensive experience serving underserved populations.  Dr. Partikian also serves as a Neurology Consultant for the Rett Syndrome Clinic of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and at the San Gabriel-Pomona Regional Center.  He is on the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, and has received recognition from the Charlie Foundation and multiple Teaching Awards from the Department of Pediatrics & Neurology at Keck School of Medicine.  Dr. Partikian is currently working on augmenting our understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on later development of behavioral problems in individuals with epilepsy, in addition to expanding the application and mechanistic understanding of ketogenic diets across the age spectrum for epilepsy and other indications.   

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.

Tamar Nazerian Chorbadjian

Dr. Tamar Nazerian Chorbadjian is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Director of the High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.  She is dual board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and General Pediatrics. Dr. Chorbadjian diagnoses and treats a wide variety of developmental delay, Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental and behavioral difficulties, and helps families navigate through the many systems of care. Prior to medical school, Dr. Chorbadjian earned her BS in Physiological Sciences, with a minor in Public Policy and Social Welfare from UCLA, and a Master of Public Health from USC. She completed her medical education at Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and her residency training from the UC Irvine – CHOC Pediatric Residency Program after an internship at the University of New Mexico.  She concluded her fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles while also completing leadership training through the MCHB’s LEND at USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, where she later also became a trainer.  Her passion is early identification and intervention for children with different neurodevelopmental conditions and behavioral challenges. Her research interests include health care disparities for children with special health care needs, effect of media use on child development and behavior, as well as the effect of poverty on children’s health, about which she has published a textbook chapter.  She also prides herself in being a dedicated mother and an advocate for all parents and families.  She strives to be a champion for children with developmental disabilities and their families, both locally and abroad.