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Cerebral Palsy Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE, USA 19803 | Get Map & Directions »

Unmatched Cerebral Palsy Center Expertise

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is consistently ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our Cerebral Palsy Center physicians are known and respected as leaders in the field. In fact, our models of care for the various combinations of children with cerebral palsy (CP) and CP-like conditions are not only proven effective, they’re copied by hospitals across the globe.

Your child will start by seeing one of our internationally renowned pediatric orthopedic specialists. You may also see one of our pediatric neurologists, as well as experts from other specialties, therapists and support staff.


Our Orthopedics Team in the Delaware Valley

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that treats conditions involving the musculoskeletal system such as cerebral palsy (CP).

Michael Wade Shrader, MD

Division Chief, Cerebral Palsy Program
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Specialties: Orthopedics, Cerebral Palsy, Gait and Motion Analysis Lab, Scoliosis
Make an Appointment: (302) 651-5913, option 2
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Orthopedic Surgeons

At our Cerebral Palsy Center, our internationally known orthopedic surgeons will lead your child’s CP care team.

Kirk W. Dabney, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Specialties: Orthopedics, Cerebral Palsy, Gait and Motion Analysis Lab, Scoliosis
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Peter G. Gabos, MD

Co-Director, Spine and Scoliosis Center
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Specialties: Scoliosis, Spina Bifida, Spinal Deformities, Cerebral Palsy, Kyphosis, Orthopedics, Scoliosis
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Jason J. Howard, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Specialties: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Neuromuscular Diseases
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Physician Assistants

Physician assistants, or PAs, under the supervision of trained physicians, examine patients, diagnose and treat simple illnesses, order tests and interpret results, provide preventative health care counseling, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. The PAs at the Cerebral Palsy Center assist our orthopedic surgeons and will help care for your child.

AI duPont Hospital’s Keri DiAllesandro, physician assistantKeri DiAlessandro, PA-C

Specialties: general orthopedics, cerebral palsy
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AI duPont Hospital’s Abigail Helms, physician assistantAbigail Helms, PA-C

Specialties: general orthopedics, cerebral palsy
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Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has undergone further, advanced training in a particular area, such as family practice or pediatrics. An NP has a master's degree in nursing, board certification in a specialty and a state license. At the Cerebral Palsy Center, one of our NPs may talk with you to get your child’s medical history, do an initial physical exam, perform some tests and procedures, write prescriptions, and treat minor illnesses and injuries.

AI duPont Hospital for Children’s Maggie Salzbrenner Hoopes, CPNP-ACMargaret "Maggie" Salzbrenner Hoopes,

Specialties: cerebral palsy, general orthopedics
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General Pediatrics

General Pediatrics

General pediatricians specialize in the overall care of babies, kids and teens. In the Cerebral Palsy Center, a general pediatrician specializing in cerebral palsy works directly with our patients to help manage the feeding and nutritional problems related to cerebral palsy. Many children also have problems with weak bones caused by inactivity, which is also treated by the medical CP specialist.

Maria Eugenia Petrini, MD

General Pediatrician

Specialties: General Pediatrics, Inpatient Hospital Care
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Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. Pediatric neurologists will work with our orthopedic specialists at the Cerebral Palsy Center to offer your child comprehensive care.

Sidney Charles Bean, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Specialties: Neurology, Arthrogryposis, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Headaches, Muscular Dystrophy, Developmental Neurology, Movement Disorders
Make an Appointment: (302) 651-4200
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Steven M. Gottlieb, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Specialties: Neurology, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Concussions, Epilepsy, Headaches
Make an Appointment: (717) 481-8771
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Consulting Physicians & Additional Team Members

Consulting Physicians

At the Cerebral Palsy Center, our renowned CP care is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team effort. We bring together the expertise of cerebral palsy experts from all over the hospital to help children like yours. This team effort includes physicians and other health professionals.

In addition to orthopedics and neurology, a number of other medical specialties may lend their expertise to the care of your child.

Rehabilitation Medicine

To help improve mobility, functional skills and/or communication skills affected by cerebral palsy or another neuromuscular condition, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine (also called physical medicine and rehabilitation or PM&R) physician may work with your child. These physicians are also known as pediatric physiatrists (pronounced “fi-zee-a’-trists.”) Our rehab physicians manage the use of baclofen pumps (used to control spasticity) for our patients.

Maura McManus, MD, pediatric rehabilitation medicine

Maura McManus, MD

Division Chief, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine

Specialties: Concussions, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Laura L. Owens, MD, pediatric rehabilitation medicine

Laura L. Owens, MD

Rehabilitation Medicine

Specialties: general pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation
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Pediatric Neurosurgery

If your child needs surgery involving the brain, skull, spinal cord, spinal column or other parts of the nervous system, the Cerebral Palsy Center will call upon our expert pediatric neurosurgeons. For example, one of the most common problems addressed in children with CP is hydrocephaly, or swelling of the brain due to an excess of fluid. In cases like this, our neurosurgeons can surgically place a shunt (a narrow, flexible plastic tube) to drain the fluid.

Jeffrey W. Campbell, MD

Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Specialties: Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, MAP Program, Neurosurgery, Skeletal Dysplasia, Spina Bifida, Spinal Dysfunction
Make an Appointment: (302) 651-4200
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A specialist from otolaryngology, better known as “ear, nose and throat” or “ENT,” may work with the Cerebral Palsy Center to evaluate and treat your child. Some examples include enlarged adenoids and tonsils in the back of the throat that may cause problems with breathing. Many children have problems with excessive drooling, which may be addressed by surgery. Some children also have hearing problems that can be addressed by the ENT specialists.

Steven P. Cook, MD

Medical Director, Division of Otolaryngology

Specialties: Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), Tonsillectomy, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Skeletal Dysplasia
Make an Appointment: (302) 651-4200

Developmental Medicine

A physician from developmental medicine may work with the Cerebral Palsy Center to address any medical issues around your child’s physical, emotional, behavioral and social development.

Behavioral Health

A child psychologist or a child psychiatrist is a mental health expert with advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues. Behavioral health specialists work closely with our Cerebral Palsy Center.

Stephanie A. Chopko, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Specialties: Behavioral Health, Psychology and Psychiatry
Make an Appointment: (302) 651-4200
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Additional Team Members

Throughout the course of your child’s treatment, your child may also benefit from the care provided by a number of additional health care professionals on the Cerebral Palsy Center team.

Augmentative Communications Specialists

This team works with the Cerebral Palsy Center, and can evaluate and recommend any needed communication aids into your child’s care — from sign language to picture books to eye-tracking, computerized and speech-generating devices.

Certified Hand Therapists

These are occupational or physical therapists with advanced clinical skills in the rehabilitation of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder conditions and injuries.

Child Life Specialists

Our child life specialists work to reduce stress and anxiety while your child is in the hospital. A child life specialist can help in a variety of ways, helping your child deal with everything from getting blood drawn to missing home and coping with a cerebral palsy diagnosis. They’ll give your child the opportunity to play, and offer comfort and the chance to talk about their feelings.

Gait Specialists

Specialists in our Gait Analysis Laboratory use high-tech cameras, sensors, pressure plates and computers to capture a 3-D model of how your child walks, so that our Cerebral Palsy Center can understand your child’s exact needs and make the best possible recommendations for treatment. Learn More About the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab »


Nurses provide much of the day-to-day care in our hospital, closely monitoring your child’s condition and performing vital jobs like giving medicine.


A nutritionist may help plan meals for your child based on their medical condition and needs. They can calculate the specific amount of calories and vitamins your child needs and then determine how to meet those needs. Our nutritionists also provide dietary guidance to help kids after they leave the hospital.

Occupational Therapists

An occupational therapist may work with your child to improve coordination, motor skills, and skills to play, function in school, and perform routine activities, like hand-eye coordination.


Orthotists are specialists in devices used to assist or modify your child’s movements. These include prefabricated or custom-made orthotics, ranging from the simple devices worn in shoes to ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), leg braces, hand and wrist splints, shoulder and elbow braces, and body braces.

Physical Therapists

A physical therapist may work with your child using exercises, stretches, and other techniques to improve your child’s mobility, decrease pain, and reduce any disability related to cerebral palsy.

Social Workers

Having and caring for cerebral palsy can cause a wide range of feelings in your child and your family. Our social workers can help you and your child cope with these feelings and any challenges you might face, and help coordinate the health care your child needs. In addition to offering emotional support, our social workers can also help facilitate improvements your child might need at school or at home.

Speech & Language Therapists

A speech-language therapist may work with your child if there are any problems speaking or swallowing. Speech therapy can help your child with the actual production of sounds, and can facilitate sign language development, if appropriate.

Wheelchair Clinic Experts

These specialists work closely with the Cerebral Palsy Center, and will evaluate and recommend any seating and mobility equipment for your child, if appropriate.

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