Stephen Kinsman, M.D., a recognized expert in spina bifida and holoprosencephaly, a birth defect of the brain, has joined the University of Maryland Hospital for Children as director of Pediatric Neurology. He has also joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology.
Steve Kinsman is a high-energy and spirited physician," says Jay Perman, M.D., chief of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children and professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "He will strengthen our Pediatric Neurology Division by expanding and coordinating our high quality patient care with important research."
"We are in a unique position to enlarge pediatric neurology, so that we can offer a full spectrum of multidisciplinary care to children with complex neurological problems," says Dr. Kinsman. He adds that in addition to care, he strives to educate his patient's families in order to help them understand their child's condition. Another priority is to assist families in finding support services in the community.
In his new position, Dr. Kinsman enjoys an active role in teaching and mentoring residents. "I have been taught by some extraordinary people and I am glad to pass on that knowledge," says Dr. Kinsman.
Dr. Kinsman's research focuses on understanding congenital brain malformations, specifically what causes them during development and how children and adults are affected by these problems. By linking both clinical and basic research, Dr. Kinsman is hopeful that he will be able to answer these questions.
Dr. Kinsman has spent his entire medical career in Maryland. In 1983, after completing a medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Kinsman came to Baltimore to continue his studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was a resident in both pediatrics and neurology. He was chief resident in Neurology in 1987 and following that, he spent two years as the Charles A. Dana Fellow, also in the Department of Neurology.
Upon finishing his medical training, Dr. Kinsman continued to work at Johns Hopkins and its affiliate, the Kennedy Krieger Institute. In 1993, he received a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurology and Physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also had a joint appointment in the Departments of Population and Family Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. At that time, he was caring for patients in his role as director of the Spina Bifida and Related Conditions Center at Kennedy Krieger. He later became the director of the Cerebral Palsy Program and went on to be the medical director at the Carter Center for Holoprosencephaly at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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