Treating cerebral palsy is more than just caring for patients’ physical wellbeing – it’s their mental healthcare too. Jan Moskowitz, LCSW, and Sabrina Miranda, LCSW comprise the social work team at the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center and are at the forefront of treating patients’ mental health needs through numerous approaches.Continue reading “Connecting Patients to Better Mental Healthcare: The Weinberg CP Center Social Work Team”
“I never would have thought it would be possible for me to ski!”
On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center hosted our first annual Adaptive Ski Trip – it was an amazing success! Seven patients, ages 8 to 28, and their family members joined us at Windham Mountain for a beautiful day of skiing, fun, and laughs.
The patients participated in ski lessons, led by certified instructors from the Adaptive Sports Foundation. It was the first time on the mountain for many of our patients, and one participant said “I never would have thought it would be possible for me to ski.” The patients had an incredible time, and the parents enjoyed watching their children be happy, engaged, and active.
A special thanks to faculty and staff at the Weinberg Center for making this day possible!
Before he became a patient at the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center, Jason Lieberman had to be patient with the healthcare professionals who treated him. By the time he got to college, Jason would often have to walk his physical therapist through his treatment plan. His longtime neurologist and unofficial primary care physician Dr. Arnold Gold, the former Chair of Columbia’s Pediatric Neurology Department, was the only healthcare professional who understood how to treat him effectively.
On June 1, the 2018 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a panel of experts that discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know” at the prestigious Faculty Club in Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Continue reading “2018 Lindenauer Lecture Presents Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know”
Director of Research Hiroko Matsumoto, PhD was nominated for the 2018 American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Gayle G. Arnold Award of Excellence. This was for her work on the abstract “Validation of a Previously Published Risk Severity Score Predicting Surgical Site Infection after Spinal Deformity Surgery in Patients with Cerebral Palsy Utilizing a Large, Separate Cohort.” This award is presented annually at the AACPDM annual convention and is the most prestigious award of the Academy.
Throughout the United States, children’s hospitals have extensive experience treating kids with cerebral palsy and similar neuromotor disabilities. However, when these patients turn 18, their care options dwindle and other complications associated with aging arise. Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center (WFCPC) Executive Director David Roye, MD has made it imperative to be on the forefront of transitional CP care and research.
When Dr. Annie Kaplan’s nephew passed away during routine oral surgery, she turned her grief into action. Through tireless advocacy, she helped pass Caleb’s Law in the California State Assembly, which is the first step in creating guidelines for dental anesthetic use on children. Recently, she shared her story and strategies for legislative advocacy in healthcare with physicians, faculty, and administrators from the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center and Columbia University Medical Center.
Continue reading “Lessons in Legislative Advocacy: Effective Strategies for the CP Community”
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering and a member of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Scientific Advisory Board Sunil Agrawal, PhD has published a pilot study in Science Robotics. The study demonstrates a robot-driven device that improves posture and walking in children with crouch gait by enhancing their muscle strength and coordination.
Since he joined Columbia Orthopedics in 2000, Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Associate Director Joshua E. Hyman, MD has been an advocate for treating patients with cerebral palsy. Although CP isn’t progressive, there is a common symptom that could become more prevalent or intensify as patients grow older: chronic pain. Dr. Hyman is discovering ways to ease it.
Dr. Heakyung Kim was inducted into Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeon’s Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE)’s inaugural class alongside 118 of her colleagues.