Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and pediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural pediatrics and child neurology.
Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders.
Within the Department of Paediatrics he currently is the Education Resource Person for the Division of Developmental Paediatrics.
Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), initially in neuro-rehabilitation and later in implementing it into Early Intervention Centres in Germany. Together with Judith Hollenweger, he edited the German translation of teh ICF-CY (Children and Youth Version) for WHO. With Liane Simon, he co-authored the first handbook about clinical applications of teh ICF-CY in Germany. He contributes with his expertise as a collaborator to the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of teh Family of Classification of WHO.
At McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo is introducing ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. His goal is to develop an electronic version of the ICF (the ICanFunction App) to empower patients to better describe their needs to clinicians. He also is a co-founder and editor of an educational website called ICFEducation.
Research and Publications
Dr. Kraus de Camargo's research and publications are available on ResearchGate, a digital network dedicated to science and research.
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