2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

October 21, 2022

The AUCD Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals making a lifetime commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Bruce K. Shapiro, MD

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute: Baltimore, MD

“Dr. Shapiro is one of the most talented and respected neurodevelopmental pediatricians in the country, with wonderful clinical skills and a commitment to families and the needs of their children with developmental disabilities…he has taught and mentored a generation of practitioners through his decades-long leadership at Kennedy Krieger Institute. These programs are the most respected, influential, and honored in the U.S."


Dr. Shapiro is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Arnold J. Capute, MD, MPH, Chair in neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Dr. Shapiro attended Boston University's six-year combined liberal arts and medical sciences program. After graduation in 1972, he undertook post-doctoral training at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was chief resident in pediatrics, and at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is the vice president of training and is an attending physician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, St. Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Shapiro is responsible for the design and implementation of the Kennedy Krieger Institute's interdisciplinary training program. This program, which has been in existence since the founding of the institute, provides training experiences to approximately 200 trainees per year from 14 core disciplines. The goals of the program are: clinical expertise, interdisicplinary process and leadership training. Dr. Shapiro is also responsible for the coordination of the residency training program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. This is the largest and most established program in neurodevelopmental disabilities in the US. The goals of the residency are consistent with those of the LEND project. All residents are engaged in research projects during their training. Graduates of the training program assume leadership positions throughout the world. Finally, Dr. Shapiro is responsible for the training of residents and medical students who undertake electives at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The institute provides training to all pediatric residents from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Shapiro has wide-ranging interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and has participated in research that has focused on identification, assessment and therapy of neurodevelopmental disorders.