American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) The AACPDM Welcomes New President

For Immediate Release:

The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Board of Directors is excited to announce its newest President, M. Wade Shrader, MD, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware

Milwaukee, WI., September 11, 2023 – The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is pleased to announce M. Wade Shrader, MD as the 2023-2024 President.

Lesley Pritchard, PT, PhD, AACPDM President (2022-23), stated, “I am thrilled to pass the gavel to Wade Shrader as the new president of AACPDM. He has been an active member of the Academy and has served in various roles throughout his years as a member. With his leadership, we are confident that AACPDM will continue to make a positive impact on the health of individuals living with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.”

Dr. M. Wade Shrader is Division Chief and The Freeman Miller Endowed Chair of Cerebral Palsy at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, where he focuses his practice on the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and similar developmental disabilities. He is also the Medical Director for Nemours’ Gait & Motion Analysis Laboratory, and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. His current research efforts have been investigating pain control, hip conditions, gait disorders, and family dynamics of children with special health care needs. 

Dr. Shrader is an active member of the AACPDM. He has served on the Advocacy Committee, Lifespan Committee (Chair), Scientific Program Committees (Co-Chair 2014), Nominating Committee, and the International Affairs Committee. As the previous First Vice President, Dr. Shrader oversaw the AACPDM Scientific Program Committee activities and planning for the 2023 Annual Meeting.


The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is a group of more than 1,100 healthcare professionals committed to improving the health and quality of life for individuals with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. What sets AACPDM apart is the collaborative approach of its members, who work together to create a global network that delivers the best possible outcomes for patients. Among our members are pediatricians, neurologists, surgeons, physiatrists, therapists, nurses, special educators, engineers, and scientists.

The mission of the AACPDM is:

Empowering and supporting a collaborative multidisciplinary community that

  • provides accessible and robust scientific education for health professionals and researchers
  • fosters innovative research as well as its dissemination and implementation
  • advocates for equitable access to evidence based and patient centered care

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