Child Neurology Society Honors Kennedy Krieger Institute Pediatrician for Excellence in Physician Training (MD LEND)

December 5, 2018

At its recent annual meeting in Chicago, the Child Neurology Society presented Bruce K. Shapiro, MD, vice president, training at Kennedy Krieger Institute, with the Blue Bird Circle Training Director Award.

Launched in 2013, the Blue Bird Circle Training Director Award is presented to a current or former child neurology residency program director who has demonstrated leadership and vision in program development, curriculum development, innovation in teaching methods or training requirements and who inspires trainees and colleagues alike in the practice of child neurology.

In addition to his role as vice president, training at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Shapiro serves as the director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Program Dr. Shapiro leads the design and implementation of Kennedy Krieger's interdisciplinary training program, which has been in existence since the founding of the Institute and provides training experiences to approximately 200 trainees per year from 14 core disciplines. He also is director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program and is responsible for the coordination of the largest and most established neurodevelopmental disabilities medical residency training program in the U.S.

In addition to training other program directors, Dr. Shapiro's teaching extends to those in practice as program director for the Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities, a continuing education course that focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disorders. In its 41st year, this annual program is jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics and Kennedy Fellows Association, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Shapiro has worked at Kennedy Krieger for over 40 years, has wide-ranging interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and has participated in research to identify, assess and treat these disorders. He is a member of the editorial board of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

"Dr. Shapiro has had a tremendous impact on the field of child neurology by teaching and guiding generations of professionals and leaders," said Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger. "I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award and look forward to his continued work in shaping the future physician leaders in the field of pediatric neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities."

The Blue Circle Training Program Director Award is funded by a grant from The Blue Bird Circle, an organization of women volunteering to support pediatric neurology. Nominations are reviewed by peers including members from the Child Neurology Society and the Professors of Child Neurology. Previous recipients of the award are Harvey Singer, MD (2013), Steve Leber, MD (2014) Rob Rust (2015), David Urion (2016) and Sid Gospe (2017).

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, Kennedy Krieger Institute in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region serves 24,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services, and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental issues, from mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.