Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Residency Training

NDD graduates tell their stories

"Children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities require specialized, competent, and compassionate care. I found out through personal experience that physicians with the needed expertise were scarce.  My initial mission was to find physicians to provide care for my children, but I later discovered that I wanted to become one of them.  None of the traditional disciplines seemed to know what to do. I wanted to receive the very best training in order to be able to provide the care that is needed and completion of the residency in NDD was the best way for me to accomplish that."








 "I entered NDD training with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of complex neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children and adolescents. The training in NDD enabled me to achieve this goal with ease. The breadth and depth of exposure to the care of patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities is unmatched.

The research time within my NDD training allowed me to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in Systems Neuroscience. This research training helped me to gain a deeper understanding into the neural control of movement and the pathophysiology of childhood onset movement disorders.

NDD training has allowed me to develop my career as a pediatric movement disorders physician with ease. It was absolutely the correct training path for my particular interests."

Keith Coffman MD

Clinical Director of Neurology
Director, Movement Disorders Clinic
Co-Director, Children's Mercy Comprehensive Tourette Syndrome Clinic
Kansas City, MO



"From my earliest days in medicine, I had an interest in both the Neurology and Developmental fields.  Making the decision to choose one over the other proved to be quite a quandary because I did not feel adequate care could be provided to my patients with training from only one facet.  Enter NDD!  To this day, I can remember when the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program option became a reality.  And with it, the opportunity I had dreamed of for so many years came to life, to care for neuro-motor challenged patients more comprehensively.


Reflecting on the past four years, I have been granted the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the areas of Neurology, Developmental Medicine and Genetics.  This has provided me with a truly multidisciplinary approach.  I have made long lasting relationships with colleagues across many fields allowing me to build, branch and hone my medical skills, now and into the future.  These people also afford me friendship and guidance both personally and professionally, which ultimately allows me to provide the best possible care that I can for my patients.


Now, in my final year of training, I look forward to becoming a junior facility member in the Neurology Department at Children's Hospital Boston.  I will be joining the ranks of so many before me serving children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as educating the next generation of leaders in this field."





"My NDD training has helped me accomplish two different career goals. My research goal has been to understand better how the brain creates cognition, and the NDD perspective and focused research time have set me on the path toward contributing to this understanding. Clinically, I have always wanted to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, even when I could not cure the underlying disorder. My NDD training has given me a much broader perspective on how to do this than I might otherwise have received."


Joshua Ewen MD
Director of the Clinical and Research Neurophysiology Laboratories, KKI and Assistant Professor of Neurology, JHUSOM
Kennedy Kreiger NDD graduate


I have always admired doctors who can understand ‘what is said’ as well as ‘what is held back’ by the patients and who treat patients with compassion, understanding and respect. I am impressed at the ability of doctors to establish a unique relationship of trust and caring with the patients and the ability to have positive impact on their lives. Taking care of children with Neurodevelopmental disabilities has been one of the most challenging as well as a rewarding experience. It requires a combination of compassion and skills to understand the needs of these children with special needs. Each child has different degrees of impairment in different areas and needs an individualized plan involving neurologic, psychological, pharmacologic, rehabilitative as well as social aspects of management. I also find it challenging to understand the behavior and level of development of a disabled child who falls off the normal developmental course. Seeing through the barriers of an autistic child, understanding the genotype phenotypic correlations or understanding the difficulties of an ADHD child are some of the skills I acquired through my training in Neurodevelopemntal Disabilities. I believe my experiences so far have given me the drive and zeal to specialize in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and anticipate to develop into a valuable human being and a good physician.


Dr. Gibson
Tanjala Gipson, MD Post-doctoral fellow, Kennedy Krieger Institute Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MDKKI graduate 2010





Dr. Barkoudah

Elizabeth Barkoudah, MD
2011 Graduate, Boston Children's Hospital
Boston MA

Sailaja Golla, MD
Assistant Professor,
Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Neurology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Children's Medical Center