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Nominating Committee nominees

Last Updated:
July 06, 2020

2020 Nominees
AACPDM 2021 Nominating Committee


David Scher, MD

David Scher, MDDr. David Scher is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. He graduated from Brown University and the Duke University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He developed an interest in the care of children with cerebral palsy while working with mentors in residency and fellowship, including Dr. Alfred Grant at HJD and Drs. Hank Chambers, Dennis Wenger and Scott Mubarak in San Diego. His passion was further cultivated during his early practice years by his senior partner and mentor at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Leon Root.

He has major clinical interests in hip conditions, foot disorders and gait analysis. He currently has several ongoing research projects in these fields. In addition to projects at Hospital for Special Surgery, he is an enthusiastic collaborator with researchers at other institutions, especially research coordinated through AACPDM and POSNA.

He serves as co-medical director of the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery and as the director of the Hospital for Special Surgery Cerebral Palsy Clinic. In addition to these clinical roles, he participates in several different areas of hospital administration, including service on the Medical Board of HSS, the HSS Global Education Committee, the editorial board of the HSS Journal, the NYP Presbyterian Pediatric Trauma Committee and the Director of the HSS Orthopaedic Residency Selection Committee. His devotion to resident education was, in the past, rewarded with the prestigious Philip D. Wilson, MD Teaching Award at Hospital for Special Surgery.

He has been an active member of the AACPDM since 2005 and has regularly made contributions to the annual meeting through multiple courses, lectures and presentations. He is a past winner of the AACPDM Pedal-with-Pete Research Grant. He joined the Membership Committee in 2007 and was chairman of the membership committee from 2008 to 2012. He has been a member of the Advocacy Committee since 2019. He truly values the contributions the AACPDM continues to make to the care of children with cerebral palsy and childhood onset disabilities and is eager to play a role in the advancement of our organization.


Laurie Glader, MD

Laurie Glader, MDDr. Laurie Glader is a pediatrician long affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital who is currently transitioning to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she will be Section Chief of the Division of Complex Health Care and Medical Director of the Cerebral Palsy Program.  A graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Glader completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in Behavioral and Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Glader has an interest in how pediatricians can work with multi-disciplinary teams to enhance the lives of children with complex conditions.  She co-edited a book for generalists on the care and management of children with severe forms of cerebral palsy and has been part of research efforts studying collaborative peri-operative management of children with neuromuscular conditions undergoing surgical interventions.  Dr. Glader has also conducted research as part of the multi-site Transforming Healthcare of Women with Disabilities work supported by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Dr. Glader has been an active member of the AACPDM since 2003 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Other Academy activities have included chairing and founding the Complex Care Committee, participation on the Care Pathways Taskforce, the Scientific Review Committee, the annual meeting Planning Committee, and chairing the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Committee.  She presents regularly at annual meetings.  Outside of the Academy, Dr. Glader has served as Commissioner of the Governor of Massachusetts on the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, as Co-Chair of the Committee on Disabilities in the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as an Advisor to the Birth Defects Monitoring Committee with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as Medical Director at the Cotting School for children with special needs.


Mark D. Peterson, PhD, MS

Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., FACSMMark D. Peterson is the Charles E. Lytle, Jr. Research Professor at the University of Michigan-Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar to Sweden, and an active member in the UM Global REACH, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation, Michigan Center of the Demography of Aging, and the Center for Human Growth and Development. Dr. Peterson’s work focuses on understanding factors that influence health and life expectancy among individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. This includes efforts directed at identifying precision strategies to prevent cardiometabolic dysregulation and secondary physical and psychological morbidity among children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as a variety of frailty syndromes, and to better understand health disparities among individuals with disabilities from the context of access to preventive care and community wellness.

Mark earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, and an M.S and Ph.D. in Physical activity, Nutrition and Wellness from Arizona State University. He also completed 3-years of post-doctoral training in rehabilitation research, an additional M.S. in Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics through University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and 1-year Public Health Policy Fellowship through the University of Michigan’s Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT).

Dr. Peterson’s professional associations include:

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)
  • Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM)
  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
  • The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Dr. Peterson is an active member of the AACPDM as a presenter and committee member. Committee service includes the Lifespan committee (2014-Present), the Scientific Committee (2016-2017), and the newly formed Adult Special Interest Group. He presents Instructional Course Lectures, Symposia, and/or Breakfast Sessions at the annual AACPDM meetings, and was the recipient of the 2015 of the Mac Keith Press Promising Career Award.

Related AACPDM Collaboration: From 2015 to present, Dr. Peterson has co-led an initiative to assemble a group of international colleagues to formalize a plan to work collectively on surveillance research for adults with CP. The group consisted of well-known AACPDM members and investigators from around the world, including Dr. Edward Hurvitz (University of Michigan-US), Jan Willem Gorter (McMaster University-CA), Martin Gough (Guy’s Hospital-UK), Jon Noble (Kings College and Guy’s Hospital-UK), Jennifer Ryan (Brunel University-UK), Kristina Tedroff (Karolinska Institute), Adam Shortland (Kings College and Guy’s Hospital-UK), Deborah Thorpe (UNC Chapel Hill- US), Wilma van der Slot (Erasmus MC, University Medical Center-NL), Reidun Jahnsen (University Hospital-NO), Nelleke Langerak (University of Cape Town-SA), Sudarshan Dayanidhi, (Northwestern University-US), James Rimmer (University of Alabama at Birmingham-US), Olaf Verschuren (Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht-NL), and many others. The mission of this group is to promote discovery and dissemination of knowledge related to health promotion for individuals with cerebral palsy through the lifespan.