Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


About the Speakers

Jessica Solomon-Sanders, MD

Jessica Solomon-Sanders, MD

Dr. Sanders is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her career goal is to enhance the lives of patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities through the lifespan by utilizing her combined background of special education and medicine to improve access to and quality of age-appropriate, specialized healthcare. She completed the 6-year Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital, which included two years of pediatric residency followed by four years of training in adult and child neurology, and adult and child NDD. She has a particular interest in improving the transition from pediatric to adult care for patients with complex neurodevelopmental disorders. During her training, she founded a clinic for adults with NDD in collaboration with adult neurologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

In her current position, she initiated an Adult Developmental Disabilities Clinic in collaboration with adult neurologists at the University of Colorado, where she provides consultative neurodevelopmental care in the adult hospital system, UC Health. Dr. Sanders also serves as the attending physician in the Developmental Pediatrics Transition Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Sanders is dedicated to developing more opportunities for adult neurodevelopmental care in Colorado, and across the country, through clinical model innovation, collaboration with colleagues across disciplines, and mentorship of trainees.

Bruce Shapiro, MD

Bruce Shapiro attended Boston University’s six-year combined liberal arts and medical sciences program. After graduation in 1972, he undertook post-doctoral training at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was chief resident in pediatrics, and at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is the vice president of training and is an attending physician at Kennedy Krieger Institute, St. Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Shapiro is also a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Arnold J. Capute, MD, MPH, Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

Dr. Shapiro was responsible for the design and implementation of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s interdisciplinary training program. Dr. Shapiro is also responsible for the coordination of the residency training program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. This is the largest and most established program in neurodevelopmental disabilities in the US. Graduates of the training program assume leadership positions throughout the world. Finally, Dr. Shapiro is responsible for the training of residents and medical students who undertake electives at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Shapiro has wide-ranging interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and has participated in research that has focused on identification, assessment and therapy of neurodevelopmental disorders.