Meet our Team

Meet our team of dedicated doctors and faculty researchers who have spent their lives on the improvement of the quality of life for our patients and their families.

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William L. Oppenheim, MD

Director, Center for Cerebral Palsy
Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar Chair, Cerebral Palsy
Professor and Emeritus Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Oppenheim is a board-certified pediatric orthopaedist and past president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He manages the orthopaedic problems related to spasticity and abnormal movement in children and adults with cerebral palsy. When indicated, he performs treatments including botulinum toxin injections, as well as soft tissue or bony surgery to correct deformities and maximize mobility. He is in his 36th palsy throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia and South America. For more information about Dr. Oppenheim, click here.

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Rebecca A. Hanson, MD

Clinical Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Hanson is a board-certified pediatric neurologist, specializing in disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves and muscles in children. Dr. Hanson focuses on the underlying cause of neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy, as well as the medical problems associated with those conditions. She assesses patients for possible medication for spasticity or movement disorders, and  she discusses prognosis with family.

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Eileen Fowler PhD, PT

Director, Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory
Peter William Shapiro Chair for the Center for Cerebral Palsy

Dr. Fowler directs the research and education programs at the Center. The Center’s research examines the underlying causes of movement and function disorders and cerebral palsy and assesses the effectiveness of various treatment interventions on these disorders. As the first vice-president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, she is slated to be its president for the 2015 – 2016 term.  For more information about Dr. Fowler, click here.

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Marcia Greenberg MS, PT, KEMG

Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Greenberg evaluates patients in the Center’s inter-disciplinary lifespan clinic and, with her team members, establishes a plan of care focused on the patient and family goals. She communicates with community therapists and physicians in the design and implementation of treatment programs and equipment. Licensed to perform kinesiological electromyography, Ms. Greenberg conducts the gait evaluations in the Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory and, along with Dr. Fowler and Dr. Oppenheim, develops the treatment plan based on those findings.

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Loretta A. Staudt PT, MS

Research Physical Therapist

Ms. Staudt has been working for many years with infants and young children in the UCLA Intervention program. As a research physical therapist, she participates in all phases of the Center’s projects. She also evaluates patients in the Center’s inter-disciplinary lifespan clinic.

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Kent Heberer, MS

Biomedical Engineer

Mr. Heberer performs data acquisition and processing for gait studies done in the Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory. As a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering, he participates in many of the Center’s research projects.

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Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD

Asst Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Pouratian evaluates the movement disorders associated with neurological conditions. His clinical expertise includes using intrathecal baclofen, selected posterior rhizotomy and deep brain stimulation to reduce these symptoms and improve the quality of life. For more information on Dr. Pouratian, click here.

 

 

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