Barbara M Weissman, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Pediatric Neurologist, Emory-Children’s Center
Neurorehabilitation is my main focus of concern. Thus, I am interested in outcome following brain injury as well as the care of children with cerebral palsy. For over 25 years, I have been engaged in follow up of children born prematurely with a risk for later neurodevelopmental problems, particularly designated as Cerebral Palsy. I am particularly interested in the issues surrounding the secondary disabilities associated with CP; these disabilities include dystonia, dysphagia, spasticity and communication limitations. I am in the process of collaborating to further improve the Cerebral Palsy program at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. With the program development an essential goal is the development of clinical research to investigate secondary disabilities associated with Cerebral Palsy. The ultimate goal is to improve outcome and function in this population. Additionally, I am interested in outcome following brain injury. Within this area of interest, I am working on identifying infants who are at risk for developing stroke. In a preliminary study, I evaluated the use of indicators to identify the risk of brain injury in infants with congenital cardiac abnormalities who require surgery.