Dr. David Roye – Retirement in 2020

It is with bittersweet feelings we announce the upcoming retirement of Dr. David Roye, executive director of the Weinberg Family CP Center, effective January 31, 2020. To ensure continuity of care, Dr. Roye has arranged to transition his patients to one of his following colleagues; Drs. Michael Vitale, Joshua Hyman, Benjamin Roye, and Paulo Selber. Please be assured that our staff will do everything they can to make this transition as smooth, and as stress free, as possible. If you have questions about your care structure please contact (212) 305-4565 or email us at pedsortho@cumc.columbia.edu or cpcenter@cumc.columbia.edu. Though Dr. Roye will no longer be seeing patients, he will remain in an emeritus role with the department of pediatric orthopedic surgery and the Weinberg Family CP Center.⁠ ⁠

“If I do not have the opportunity to see you in the office before the end of January, I want to personally wish you lifelong health and happiness, and thank you sincerely for entrusting me with your care.” – Dr. David Roye

Patient Spotlight: Kathleen Downes

Kathleen Downes with Dr. David Roye

Meet Kathleen Downes:

I am 26 years old and from Floral Park, NY. I am a licensed social worker and a two time graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned degrees in Community Health/Rehab Studies and Social Work.  While at the university, I lived in a supported residential setting for people with significant physical disabilities called Beckwith Residential Support Services. I have quadriplegic cerebral palsy and enjoy advocating for disability rights. I currently coordinate workshops for the families at an adaptive dance program called Dancing Dreams and write my own blog, The Squeaky Wheelchair. My work has also been featured in Huff Post and Women’s Media Center.

How did you find the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center (WFCPC):

I was already a patient of Dr. Michael Vitale’s at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital as a teenager and I knew of Dr. David Roye because he operated on many of my friends as children. Luckily, the WFCPC was opening just as I was due to age out of the pediatric system and my mom found out about the initiative at a conference in 2012. We were and are so grateful that I am able to continue receiving care as an adult because there is such a paucity of knowledgeable providers when it comes to cerebral palsy–without WFCPC I wouldn’t really have any options. 

My first interaction with the Weinberg Family CP Center was working with Dr. Heakyung Kim, who is an incredible doctor and a great person. I recently had a hip osteotomy with Dr. Roye after dealing with persistent hip pain and he has been so kind and I am very appreciative of all he has done to help me.

How has the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center impacted your care:  

CP is traditionally classified as a “children’s condition” when it is actually a lifetime condition. We don’t disappear into thin air at age 18 and our healthcare system must reflect that. One of the goals of medicine has historically been to give people with disabilities and medical conditions long lives–but to ensure long lives is not enough. We need comprehensive care that ensures not just length, but quality of life through the years. Generally, turning 18 with a disability is like falling off a service cliff in every aspect of life. Even though adults with disabilities have always been and always will be here, the larger medical community (and society in general) tends to treat us like unicorns…and often greets us with a sort of, “what do we do with you?” attitude. It’s super frustrating to essentially remind doctors on a regular basis that you do, in fact, exist.

The existence of WFCPC means that I have a place where people are well-versed about my disability and a place where I don’t have to deal with the too-familiar feeling of abandonment by the healthcare system. It would be the easy choice to turn away from the daunting task of bridging the pediatric-adult care gap, but these providers have instead made the choice to turn towards us, to support us, and to play a part in changing the culture of care. That means a lot to me!

What is one thing you would like people to know about the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center?

The work that the Weinberg Family CP Center is doing is crucial. There is no age limit on the need for quality medical care. I’m so glad WFCPC recognizes that we adults with CP are here and we’re not going anywhere.

Weinberg Family CP Center Faculty Honored Among 2019’s Best Doctors in the Nation

Congratulations to the Weinberg Family CP Center providers who have been named some of the top doctors throughout the United States in Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly New York Metro Top Doctors, The New York Times Magazine Super Doctors and Rising Stars, and New York Magazine.


Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors

  • Joshua Hyman, MD

Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctors

  • Joshua Hyman, MD
  • Michael Vitale, MD, MPH

New York Times Magazine Super Doctors

  • Joshua Hyman, MD
  • Charles Popkin, MD
  • Benjamin Roye, MD
  • David Roye, MD
  • Wakenda Tyler, MD
  • Michael Vitale, MD, MPH

New York Times Magazine’s Super Doctors – Rising Stars

  • Lauren Redler, MD

New York Magazine’s Best Doctors

  • Joshua Hyman, MD
  • Michael Vitale, MD, MPH

Castle Connolly Doctors are nominated by their peers and are extensively screened by the Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team. These doctors in this list are “among the very best in their specialties and in their communities are selected for inclusion. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly Guide or online directory.”

The New York Times annual Super Doctors list is “approximately 5% of the physicians within the respective state or region” and, after receiving points from a panel of experts, only the highest scoring doctors after a rigorous selection process are included.

The Super Doctors “Rising Stars” List highlights exemplary physicians who have been fully licensed to practice for less than 10 years. Only 2.5% of physicians in each state/region have the honor of making this list.

New York Magazine’s Best Doctors is a shorter version of the Castle Connolly New York Metro Top Doctors list and, because of space limitations, the whole list isn’t published in their magazine. The list is adjusted for geographic and specialty balance.

The Missing Links: The Need for Transitional CP Care

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.

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Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Goes International

The mission of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center isn’t confined to the borders of North America. Executive Director Dr. David Roye and his team of CP experts have organized multiple international medical missions throughout Asia in 2016 to spread the Center’s care philosophy and understanding about Cerebral Palsy and related disabilities. Their destinations: Japan and China.

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