The Holland Bloorview Medal of Excellence in Childhood Disability is our highest honour, recognizing leadership in advancing the field of childhood disability. The Medal of Excellence celebrates outstanding achievement and global impacts made by a leading international expert, shining a light on the evolving field of childhood disability.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, inaugural recipient of the Holland Bloorview 2015 Medal of Excellence in Childhood Disability. Dr. Rosenbaum, Co-Founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and his colleagues revolutionized the health model for cerebral palsy by contributing to the Gross Motor Function Classification System. Gross motor skills are the postural movements that a child makes with his whole body. Dr. Rosenbaum's progressive classification system defined gross motor function based on sitting, walking and wheeled mobility movements of children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP). Cited over 3,000 times in literature and used internationally to this day, the classification system has been used with countless numbers of children with CP and their families. Dr. Rosenbaum's success, expertise and achievements are recognized both nationally and internationally, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

“We are so fortunate to have an esteemed global leader in childhood disability who has helped shape a path forward in research, clinical practice and care, as our inaugural Medal of Excellence recipient, ” says Julia Hanigsberg, Holland Bloorview President and CEO. “Dr. Rosenbaum truly has made a tremendous impact and shares Holland Bloorview’s mission of bringing a world of possibility to kids with disability. 

"I am both delighted and humbled to receive the inaugural Holland Bloorview Medal of Excellence in Childhood Disability. To me this award celebrates the often overlooked field of research in childhood disability," says Dr. Peter Rosenbaum. "Between CanChild at McMaster University and Holland Bloorview in Toronto, we are recognized around the world for the quality and relevance of our work, and the impact it is having on the lives of young people with disability and their families."

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