A world in which all children affected by neurologic disorders reach their full potential.
To serve as a collaborative center of education and support for caregivers and their children with neurologic conditions.
Our Core Values
We treat others as they would want to be treated. We are collegial and respectful in our professional relationships. We are dedicated to expanding our knowledge, being innovative, and understanding the perspectives of others. We honor and respect difference and diversity in all its forms.
We strive to exhibit excellence in our work.
We are accountable for our commitments and our actions. We are committed to ensuring the interests of the children and families we serve come first. We promote honesty and transparency in our relationships with each other and our collaborators.
We work humbly, to identify and understand the urgencies and challenges facing our shared community; we know that they cannot be overcome alone. Whenever possible, we earnestly collaborate on the actions, programs, and initiatives we engage. We want to go farther, so we go together.
We are committed to being good listeners and to act in responsive service to the needs of the child neurology community. We are respectful stewards of the relationships and stories shared with us. We are empathetic, compassionate, and positive.
Every December, we release a year end document summarizing the year.
Please share any thoughts or comments about our Top 8 and 2018 priorities and you or your organization would like collaborate or support CNF’s upcoming efforts, contact us.
History: After founding the Child Neurology Society in 1972, Dr. Kenneth Swaiman, one of the nation’s first pediatric neurologists, established the Child Neurology Foundation in 2001. While the Society is the professional organization for the nation’s pediatric neurologists, the Foundation serves pediatric patients through advocacy, education, research, and support initiatives.
Kenneth F. Swaiman, MD (Founder)
Dr. Swaiman is an internationally known child neurologist and Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he was the director of the Division of Child Neurology for several decades. He also served as Interim Head of the Department of Neurology. During his tenure, he was involved in the training of almost 100 pediatric neurologists from the United States and Canada, as well as many other countries. His biography is cited in “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in the World”, “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, and “The Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Swaiman was the Chairman of the organizing committee and first President of the Child Neurology Society (CNS). He received the Hower award, the highest award of that society, and the Founder’s Award at its 25th Anniversary meeting as well as The Lifetime Achievement Award for Neurologic Education by the American Academy of Neurology. As chairman of the organizing committee of the Professors of Child Neurology, he was its first President and a prime mover, and also first president of the Child Neurology Foundation. He was a member of the organizing committee of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), has served on many National Institutes of Health Study Sections, and has been visiting professor and lecturer at medical schools in the United States and throughout the world, including Canada, South America, Asia, Mexico, Europe, and Africa.
Dr. Swaiman has been the Editor and a primary contributor to the textbook titled Practice of Pediatric Neurology (two editions) and Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice (five editions). He is the Founding Editor and immediate past Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Neurology, an international journal devoted to the basic and clinical aspects of the diagnosis of children with neurologic impairment. He has served as a member of the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Neurology, Brain and Development, Neuropediatrics, and the Chinese Journal of Pediatrics.
His investigative endeavors have included research into brain energy metabolism, the effect of malnutrition on the developing brain, and the metabolic effects of iron and other metals on brain function. He has been particularly involved in studies of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) and other childhood movement disorders.
Strategic Plan: Downloadable PDF of our 2017-2021 strategic plan summary.
Board of Directors
Pediatric neurologists make up at least 51% of our Board and join other Directors that include advocacy organization leaders and parents of children with neurologic disorders.
Ann Tilton, MD – President
Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD – President Elect
Shaun Hussain, MD, MS – Secretary
Stephen Peters – Treasurer
Sandra Cushner-Weinstein PT, LICSW, LCSW-C
Julie Gilbert, MBA, CPA
John C. Hutchins
Thomas J. Langan, MD
Jonathan W. Mink, MD, PhD
Anup Patel, MD
Phillip L. Pearl, MD
W. (Donald) Shields, MD – Honorary Director
Sue Yudovin, RN, MN, CPNP
Mary Zupanc, MD
Ex Officio Directors – Non-voting
Executive Director, Child Neurology Society
Amy Brin, MSN, MA, PCNS-BC
Executive Director/CEO, Child Neurology Foundation
Child Neurology Foundation
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Looking for a Neurologist?
If you are looking for a neurologist, our partners at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) have a helpful “Find a Neurologist” tool that enables you to search for a neurologist by specialty, last name, city, or state. To find a neurologist who sees children and teens, select “Child Neurology” from the list under “Subspecialty.”