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Tom Novacheck, MD

Preferred Name: Tom
University Affiliation: Univ of MN
Hospital Affiliation: Gillette Children’s
City, State: St Paul, MN
Email: novac001@umn.edu
Phone: 651-229-3813
Research Interest: CP, gait, outcomes assessment, SDR, crouch gait
Network Role: Site Investigator
Brief Bio:

Dr. Novacheck is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating cerebral palsy and other complex orthopaedic conditions in children and adolescents with an emphasis on hip reconstruction. He has been in practice at Gillette Children’s since 1991. Current major positions: • Director, Center for Gait and Motion Analysis at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, USA, • Chief of Staff at Gillette Children’s • Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s • Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Minnesota • Director, Commission on Motion Lab Accreditation (CMLA) • Director, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Education/Training: • medical degree – University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985) • orthopaedic residency – Pennsylvania State University (1990) • pediatric orthopaedic fellowship – Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut (1991) Research Foci: • outcomes studies of management of gait disorders in individuals with cerebral palsy • development of motion analysis testing methods and reporting procedures. Educational efforts: • normal and pathological gait • cerebral palsy pathology and treatment • member of the teaching faculty of the annual international gait analysis course since 1991