Second Vice President: Susan Sienko, PhD
Dr. Sienko is a Clinical Research Associate at The Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland, OR, where she has worked for the past 27 years. Prior to that she was the manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has a Bachelors’ degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a Masters’ degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in Systems Science from Portland State University. Dr. Sienko’s research interests focus on the utilization of gait analysis, energy efficiency, functional assessments and parent-report outcome tools to examine the efficacy of treatment interventions provided to children with childhood onset disabilities. Her dissertation focused on the factors that impact the health and well-being of young adults with cerebral palsy as they transition from the pediatric to adult health care system.
Dr. Sienko has been a member of AACPDM since 1987. She has served the Academy as member of the Research and Awards Committee (1991-1993), Gait Analysis Subcommittee (1992-1995), Scientific Program Committee (1997, 1998, 2016), Instructional Course Chairperson (1999), Nominating Committee (2001-2002), Membership Committee (2002-2005), Board of Directors (2004-2007), Webmaster (2007-2016), Scientific Program Co-Chair (2016-2017) and the Communication Committee (2015-2018). In collaboration with AACPDM, Dr. Sienko participated on the NINDS Cerebral Palsy CDE Working Group as the lead of the Engagement and Quality of Life subgroup (2015-2017). She has continued working with NINDS and the Cerebral Palsy CDE’s as a member of the Oversight Committee (2017-present).
Treasurer-Elect: Francisco Valencia, MD
I, Dr. Francisco Valencia, had the great fortune of being born and raised in Nogales, Arizona, a small town on the U.S.-Mexico border. This environment instilled in me an appreciation for multiculturalism. However, it was a twist of fate that as a teenager I met an American orthopedic surgeon who was volunteering at St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, a non-profit clinic serving indigent Mexican children with physical disabilities. This sparked my interest in orthopedics and, specifically, children with disabilities. After completing my pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego, I returned to southern Arizona, initially as a full-time faculty member at the University of Arizona. For the last 20 years, I have run a successful private practice in Tucson, Arizona.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the AACPDM and have developed great professional and personal relationships through participation in various academic and service roles. I have had the pleasure to have been a member of the International Affairs and Education Committees and honored to serve as chair for both. I served on the Nominating Committee once, the Strategic Planning Committee twice, and the Scientific Committee three times. I am the Scientific Committee co-chair for the 2019 annual meeting.
I have had the opportunity to volunteer and participate in educational programs in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South and North America. However, I am most proud of my over forty years of ongoing monthly volunteer work at St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic in Nogales, Arizona.
My wife, Marty, and I have been married for 26 years and have two daughters and one puppy!
Secretary-Elect: Joshua Hyman, MD
Dr. Hyman is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University and Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Fellowship trained in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Hyman graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his internship and residency through Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. During his residency, he completed a year-long NIH-sponsored research fellowship in the Harvard Biomechanics Laboratory.
Dr. Hyman is the Associate Director of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Service. Dr. Hyman is also Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship program that he was instrumental in starting in 2008. As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Hyman’s emphasis is on Quality of Life research to understand the impact that orthopaedic programs have on the lives of his young patients and their families. He has published scores of manuscripts in leading medical journals and presents his findings at national and international conferences.
Josh volunteers his services as part of a medical team traveling to China each year to perform surgery on disabled children living in China’s orphanages and to provide clinical training to Chinese medical teams. He is a founder and Medical Director of Miracle Feet – an international organization focused of providing care for children with clubfeet in low and middle income countries. Dr. Hyman also volunteers his time as a board member, and President, of the Palisades Parks Conservancy, and serves as a board member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public foundation fostering humanism in medicine.
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Josh lives in New Jersey with his wife, four children, 2 dogs, and 1 rabbit.
Director at Large: Jan Willem Gorter, MD PhD FRCP(C)
Jan Willem Gorter, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is Director and a scientist at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research (www.canchild.ca) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He holds the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research. Since January 2018 he is Visiting Professor in Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Jan Willem has training in pediatric and adult rehabilitation medicine (physiatry) with a special clinical and research interest in transitional services and life course health development. His research focuses on the themes of family, function (daily activities and participation) with a special interest in fitness / active lifestyle and in transitions from adolescence to adulthood (future).
Jan Willem has 18 years of clinical experience in pediatric rehabilitation. He has worked in outpatient rehabilitation with children and adolescents with a variety of child onset physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy (spasticity management clinic), spina bifida clinic, general physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic. He also is the medical director of the motion lab (gait analysis) at McMaster Children’s Hospital. He initiated and developed a unique teen-transition clinic for adolescents with physical disabilities and their families.
Jan Willem leads a research program that advances the knowledge of health development of people with disabilities, in particular through eHealth interventions (apps) for transitioning youth, and that enhances research capacity through mentoring and training. Jan Willem's research is frequently published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and he has made contributions as book chapters on various topics related to transition.
Jan Willem has been an active member of the AACPDM since 2000, both as attendee, presenter, including workshops, e-webinar on transition (2017) and The Chambers Family Lifespan Lecture (2015). Committee service includes the Research Committee (2012-2018), Lifespan Care Committee, the latter of which he was chair in 2013-2014, and most recently the Nominating committee (2017-2018). He is on the Editorial Board for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN) journal and is Deputy-Editor of Child: Care, Health and Development journal.
With a passion for improvement of lifecourse health care for people with child-onset disabilities, including a better transition from pediatric to adult services, Jan Willem hopes to make a difference for the AACPDM by promoting internal and external communication of members, for example by strengthening the liaison between the board and committees, specifically the lifespan committee and the education committee. His goal is increased engagement and membership of care providers working in adult care settings as well as engagement of people with disabilities and their families.
Director at Large: Golda Milo-Manson, MHSc MD FRCPC
Dr. Golda Milo-Manson is an Associate Professor for the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree as well as her graduate degree (MHSc) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Currently she is the VP of Medicine and Academic Affairs at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital a role she has held for 15 years.
Dr. Milo-Manson has worked in paediatric rehabilitation for more than 20 years, largely with children and youth with physical disabilities as well as complex sleep disorders. She has been a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy for most of her academic career and currently is the Chair of the Membership Committee. She has served as a local co-host for two American Academy of Developmental Medicine annual meetings held in Toronto. Dr. Milo-Manson has frequently presented workshops at the American Academy Annual meetings as well.
Dr. Milo-Manson chaired the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada subspecialty committee in Developmental Paediatrics for over 6 years that set national standards for training in the field for Canada as well as the introduction of a national specialty examination. She was previously the Program Director for the Developmental Pediatric subspecialty residency program at the University of Toronto. In addition she has chaired a national conference, The Child Development Update for over 10 years held in Toronto.
Director at Large: Theresa Moulton, PT DPT PhD
Dr. Moulton is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences Department at Northwestern University. She was the first graduate of the innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/PhD program at Northwestern University, investigating the differences in motor symptom presentation of childhood hemiplegia depending on the time that a central nervous system injury occurs during development. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center using functional near infrared spectroscopy to investigate brain activity during lower extremity tasks in cerebral palsy. She continues to focus her research on neural mechanisms of motor discoordination in cerebral palsy and coordinates the Cerebral Palsy Research Registry, seeking to engage with families and individuals with CP throughout the research process. Dr. Moulton teaches in the entry level DPT program in the neuroscience, pediatrics, electrotherapy, foundations, and clinical decision making areas of the curriculum.
Dr. Moulton has been a member of the AACPDM since 2007 and has served as a member and committee chair for the Research Committee, as a member of the Nomination Committee, and a reviewer for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. She regularly presents research at the Annual Meeting, including posters, platform presentations and instructional courses.
Junior Director at Large: Christopher Lunsford, MD
Dr. Lunsford is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics. His sub-specialty is Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and his research background includes assistive and rehabilitation technology, therapeutic virtual reality, medical communication, and complex care coordination.
Clinically, his treatment paradigm for children with disabilities is always focused on function and quality of life while utilizing patient centered outcomes and framework tools, such as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).
He enjoys time with his family and church as well as superheroes movies, LEGO, and basketball.