American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) President's Message

Tom F. Novacheck, MD

Dear AACPDM Members,

I am very excited about the creative opportunities planned by the 2022 Scientific Program Committee, Lesley Pritchard, Laurie Glader, and Ben Shore for the 2022 AACPDM Annual Meeting to be held September 21-24! Along with the scientific content of the meeting, we are all looking forward to seeing each other again and interacting live and in person in Las Vegas.

Our Academy often boasts that the AACPDM is like no other professional society! The “teamwork” mindset of our members solidifies a worldwide network that provides the most effective outcomes for people with childhood-onset disabilities and their families. We are pediatricians, neurologists, surgeons, rehabilitators, therapists, nurses, special educators, engineers, and scientists.

I was encouraged by Dr. Jim Gage to attend my first AACPDM Annual Meeting in 1991. Sarah Winter and I had just joined the staff at Gillette Children’s that summer. As newbies, we did not know many other people. In addition to getting to know each other better (on the tennis court!), a memorable and life-changing occurrence was that prominent people in the field, such as Martin Bax, Peter Blasco, and Al Schertzer, took time to say hello. Those experiences, combined with the number of high-quality sessions and scientific rigor of the conversations, hooked me for life.

As a result of my work with the Academy, and those personal connections made yearly at the annual meeting, I am fortunate to have friends and colleagues from across North America and the world who I can connect with if I have questions, or want to discuss collaboration, or need to refer an individual for care. The AACPDM is my professional home because we serve our patients across the spectrum of their needs, and the annual meeting is the only one where you can reach a physical therapist who heads a pediatric rehab program, a chief physician of a hospital neuromotor program, an occupational therapist who purchases equipment for a clinic to help their patients, or a neurologist or developmental pediatrician who researches the effectiveness of a new therapy.

I look forward to engaging with many of you in Las Vegas in September. Together, we can "Make it Matter!"

Be well. Stay safe.
Tom F. Novacheck, MD
AACPDM President, 2021-22

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