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McMaster University

Division of Developmental Pediatrics: children playing
Contact Information
Dr. Ronit Mesterman
Division Head

Health Sciences Centre, Room 3A

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON    L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 74275  
Fax:  905 521 7953  

Division of Developmental Pediatrics

About Developmental Pediatrics

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics cares for patients and their families with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, Trisomy 21, complex learning and behavioural disorders, language delay and many more.

Besides general developmental clinics, we run a variety of specialized clinics that are typically multidisciplinary in nature, such as the neuromuscular clinic, transition clinic for children with physical disabilities, spasticity clinic, cleft lip and palate clinic, complex developmental care clinic, eating and feeding clinic, ASD Hub clinic and spina bifida clinic.

The majority of the clinics are located at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, but also at the main campus of McMaster Children's Hospital. We also have some outreach clinics to local schools.

Our Developmental Pediatricians work closely with the various programs of Developmental Pediatric Rehabilitation (DPR) and the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Services at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. Physician input to the latter service is shared with colleagues from child psychiatry, including Dr. Kerry Boyd.

Our team is involved in several areas of research including studying transition to adulthood, cerebral palsy, autism and application of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) Framework.

All physicians in our group are dedicated teachers. They participate at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels of medical education. Dr. Karen Harman is the director of the fellowship program in Developmental Pediatrics and Dr. Mohammad Zubairi is the Staff Educational Resource Person (ERP) for all other learners rotating through developmental pediatrics.

Division Members

Dr. Ronit Mesterman
Division Head
Associate Professor
Medical Director Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Clinical Director of CDRP

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum
Canada Research Chair

Dr. Jan Willem Gorter
Director of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research
Clinical Director of Motion Lab

Dr. Karen Harman
Associate Professor
Program Director of the Developmental Pediatric Subspecialty Training Program
Medical Director of the MCH Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Team
Clinical Director of Specialized Developmental and Behavioural Services

Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Associate Professor

Dr. William Mahoney
Associate Clinical Professor
Clinical Director of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Preschool Communication Service

Dr. Mohammad Zubairi
Assistant Professor

Dr. Julia Frei
Assistant Professor

Associated members:

Dr. Kerry Boyd

Dr. Gillian Hogan

Dr. Kassia Johnson

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ronit Mesterman reflects on how McMaster became the centre of her academic universe. (Read: Why I'm Here)

What's New?

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, Professor in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics, co-authored a new book, Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life; a concise and comprehensive guide to today’s issues concerning cerebral palsy.

The book, which published in June 2012, is essential reading for patients and carers of those with cerbral palsy, clinicians, pediatricians, neurologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life (PGMKP - A Practical Guide from MKP)

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