UCLA Pediatric Orthopedic Doctor Selected to Hold New Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar, M.D., Chair in Cerebral Palsy
Dr. William L. Oppenheim (Marina del Rey), professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been named as the first holder of the Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar, M.D., Chair in Cerebral Palsy.
The executive chair was established as a result of an estate gift from the late Dr. Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar, professor emeritus of pediatrics at UCLA, and a world-renowned pioneer in the field of cerebral palsy.
The chair will support the chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the director of the Center for Cerebral Palsy in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This position will provide leadership in innovative research and education related to cerebral palsy.
The establishment of this chair also will provide important resources to help promote the medical school's basic science initiatives and play an integral role in advancing this important area of medical sciences. Funding from the Jones Kanaar Chair may be used to support graduate assistants, postdoctoral fellows, laboratory research, supplies, educational activities or other related areas. The investigative advances fostered by the creation of this chair will ultimately translate into optimal care for patients.
Oppenheim remarked that he is extremely grateful to the many donors who unselfishly support research and patient care for a group of chronic — and currently incurable — disorders that constitute the most common cause of childhood disability. He believes that Margaret Jones would be proud of the clinic that she helped establish, and the progress being made in the field as a result of her generosity.
Oppenheim has spent his entire 25-year academic career at UCLA. He has written 60 peer-reviewed articles and 15 textbook chapters, and delivered more than 200 national and regional presentations in his field. He has served as a visiting professor in North America, Europe and Asia and, most recently, was a guest professor of the Mexican Pediatric Orthopedic Society in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
In September Oppenheim was elected as second vice president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and will serve as president in 2006. He also has served as chairman of the Annual Margaret Jones Kanaar Cerebral Palsy Conference for the past six years. He twice has been named as one of America's Best Doctors, and was presented the White Swan Award of the Los Angeles-based Abilities First Organization for his work in establishing the UCLA /Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy.
The UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy is the only center in Southern California that serves both children and adults — throughout the patient's lifespan — and offers all services including orthopedic, neurosurgical, psychiatric and neurological consultations, along with occupational and physical therapy, dietetic and psychological services.
Oppenheim resides in Marina del Rey with his wife, Patricia, a Superior Court judge, and their daughter Jennifer, a sixth grader at the Carlthorpe School in Santa Monica.