Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


A conversation between two longtime friends, Peter Berman, MD Barry Russman, MD (Dr. Russman was Dr. Berman’s first trainee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Conversation taped in October 2015 at the 44th Annual Child Neurology Society Meeting.

About the Speakers

Peter Berman, MD

Peter Berman, MD

Dr. Peter H. Berman, passed away September 1, 2016 after a massive myocardial infarction. Peter was the chair of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from 1969-1994. He was the 16th President of the Child Neurology Society (1991-93), a past President of the Professors of Child Neurology, and in 2002 received the Society’s highest honor, the Hower Award, at its 31st Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  

Barry Russman, MD

Dr. Barry Russman was Dr. Berman’s first resident at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He served as Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Newington Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Connecticut Medical Center for 25 years. He then went to the West Coast where he became the Director of Pediatric Neurology at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland, Oregon as well as Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

Dr. Russman has been very active in the Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, serving as President of the Academy from 2005-2007. Dr. Russman received the CNS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.