Cerebral Palsy Research Network Blog

CPRN Neurosurgery Leadership Changes

Jerry Oakes, M.D.

CPRN is very grateful to CPRN co-founder Jerry Oakes, M.D., for his contributions to CPRN. Dr. Oakes is stepping down from his leadership role as an Executive Committee (EC) member of the network. In 2015, Dr. Oakes led a group of nine neurosurgeons in defining the data elements for the two neurosurgical procedures used in the treatment of cerebral palsy – selective dorsal rhizotomy and intrathecal baclofen pumps. He has played a key role in the planning of the network strategy and operational procedures as well as contributed to initial applications for research funding. The CPRN leadership team wishes to thank Dr. Oakes for his generous contribution of time and impact on the founding of the network.

Jeffrey Leonard, M.D.

Jeffrey Leonard, M.D.

CPRN has invited to Jeffrey Leonard, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), to represent neurosurgery on the CPRN EC. Dr. Leonard has been very instrumental in getting surgical forms built in Epic at NCH and led the effort to define the manuscript standard operating procedure for CPRN. Dr. Leonard joins the CPRN EC with a wealth of knowledge not only in neurosurgical treatments for CP but also in the function of research networks and clinical trials from his experience in cancer research.