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2017 CNS/PCN Bluebird Circle Training Director Award

About the Speakers

Steven Leber, MD, PhD

Steven Leber, MD, PhD

Steven Leber, MD, PhD is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Neurology, Residency Director of the Child Neurology Training Program, and the Medical Director for the Pediatric Neurology Outpatient Clinic at Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

He completed his B.S. in Physical Neurobiology from the University of Michigan and obtained his M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.  Dr. Leber graduated from a Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve.  He went on to St. Louis where he was a pediatric neurology fellow at Washington University.

Dr. Leber was the previous recipient of the David G. Dickinson Collegiate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.  He has won numerous awards including being named to the League of Clinical Excellence and the League of Educational Excellence by the University of Michigan Medical School, and the 2015 Blue Bird Circle Training Director Award. Dr. Leber has served on the Executive Committee for the Child Neurology Society as Councillor for the Midwest and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Professors of Child Neurology


Sidney M. Gospe, Jr., MD, PhD

Dr. Sidney M. Gospe, Jr. is the Head of the Division of Neurology at Children’s and holds the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Endowed Chair in Child Neurology at the University of Washington. He has over 25 years of experience in the evaluation and care of children with neurological and neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Gospe is a native of San Francisco and earned his BS and MS degrees from Stanford University. He then attended Duke University as a member of the MD-PhD program and completed his studies in 1981. His residency training in both pediatrics and child neurology was at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (Texas Children’s Hospital). Prior to his recruitment to Seattle Children’s and the UW in 2000, Dr. Gospe was a member of the medical school faculties of the Albany Medical College and the University of California, Davis. At Children’s, Dr. Gospe provides care to patients in the general neurology clinic and the neuromuscular clinic. He also conducts outreach clinics at several sites in Alaska. Dr. Gospe oversees the clinical, research and educational programs of the Division of Neurology. He has conducted basic neuroscience research in neurotoxicology (particularly regarding the effects of maternal exposure to toxicants on fetal brain development. His clinical research has focused on the natural history and genetic aspects of pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy.

Dr. Gospe was elected to a two-year term (2010-12) on the Child Neurology Society Board of Directors as Councillor from the West and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Neurology Foundation.


Harvey Singer, MD

Harvey Singer, MD

Harvey S. Singer, MD is Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical research interests include movement disorders, with particular expertise in Tourette syndrome, stereotypic movements, and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Singer’s translational research oriented laboratory focuses on the neurobiology of tics, antibody measurements in PANDAS, stereotypic movements in animal models, and autoimmunity in autism.

To date, Professor Singer has written and published 232 original full-length papers based upon his research. Dr. Singer has participated in the writing of 80 detailed and memorable chapters, first or sole author of 45. He has also been editor or author of three books: Treatment of Pediatric Neurological Disorders (2005),  and Movement Disorders of Childhood (1st Edition 2005, and 2nd Edition 2015).  A total of 136 abstracts have been submitted and accepted for presentation at a wide variety of international professional organizations. From 1992 to the present he has delivered 16 major invited or award lectures at universities, and hospitals, and one each at the CNS, AAP, and Movement Disorder Society.

Throughout his career, Dr. Singer has participated in a long list of local, national, and international professional committees and societies, including President of the Professors of Child Neurology, Chairman of the Child Neurology Match Program Committee (for ten years), and Secretary-Treasuer of the Child Neurology Society.

In 2013 he was the first individual to receive the CNS/PCN Blue Bird Clinic Program.  Dr. Singer received the Child Neurology Society’s highest honor, the Hower Award, in October 2016.