The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series was founded at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1981 to provide a forum and formal vehicle for interdisciplinary academic exchange in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. The lectures are designed to emphasize the cross-collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and to enrich the traditional scholarly exchange between the health sciences faculties, the other branches of Columbia University, and the metropolitan New York medical community—all while honoring the school's fundamental responsibility to maintain the highest standards of humanistic education.
Over the past twenty years, we have been fortunate to have as speakers some of the world's leading basic scientists, clinicians, and humanistic scholars, all of whom have made significant and outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Yet, as expert as all of these speakers are in their areas of specialization, they have been able to bring their thoughts and experiences to life for those outside their traditional academic disciplines—some of whom ultimately have found new ways to advance this knowledge at the intersection of the arts and sciences.
Through the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, we look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing together students, professors, researchers and clinicians in the spirit of true intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation—sowing the seeds, perhaps, for the next great breakthrough discovery or cure in the process.
"Innovative Techniques in Cerebral Palsy Research, Education, and Treatment: Establishing a Model of Multidisciplinary Transitional Care"
Dr. David P. Roye, Jr., M.D.
St. Giles Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian
Tuesday, June 21
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor
A native of Oklahoma, Dr. David P. Roye, Jr., M.D., obtained his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma (1971) and his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1975). His subsequent graduate medical training included a surgical internship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. After completing this fellowship in 1980, Dr. Roye returned to Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for the past 31 years. In this time, his unparalleled medical excellence and profound sense of compassion have built Columbia’s Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery into a nationally and internationally respected presence in the field. He currently serves as Director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Giles Foundation Professor of Clinical Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Executive Medical Director of the Columbia Cerebral Palsy Center, and remains President of his medical school class at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Throughout his career, Dr. Roye has committed himself to caring for children with orthopaedic problems, teaching future surgeons, and conducting research on pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. He has developed special interest in the treatment of scoliosis, the correction of spinal deformity, and the care of patients with cerebral palsy, and is a pioneer in pediatric scoliosis surgery. As a leader in the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Research, he conducts high quality clinical research that promotes the advancement of quality of life for children and their caregivers, treatment options, and health care policy. His main research focuses are on multicenter pediatric spinal deformity studies and multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy research, and he is a world recognized leader in clinical outcomes studies in the field. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters on topics including scoliosis, clubfoot, hip disease, and pediatric quality of life measures, and has served on editorial committees for prestigious medical journals. Dr. Roye is a valued lecturer at Columbia University as well as at medical forums throughout the world.
Dr. Roye’s dedication to research and education has led to fellowships in many national and international medical organizations, among them the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society. He has been honored on several occasions for his indefatigable humanitarian efforts and contributions to the field of pediatric orthopaedics. He is listed in New York City’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Rated Physicians, The Best Doctors in America, New York Super Doctors, and in Who’s Who, and has been the recipient of such awards as the “Humanitarian of the Year Award” by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the “Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award 2009” by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and the “Order of Merit” by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.
In addition to his activities at Columbia, Dr. Roye has a long-standing interest in providing medical services and education to communities both nationally and abroad. He has participated annually in overseas medical delivery since 1987 and has taught and operated in Kenya, Romania, and China to improve healthcare in these developing countries. For the past 13 years he has served as Chief Medical Officer of The Children of China Pediatric Foundation (CCPF), a not-for-profit organization that sends medical teams to China to provide on-site medical training for physicians and nurses and perform surgeries on children in China’s orphanages to correct disfiguring birth defects and disabilities. He is also founder and CEO of the International Healthcare Leadership (IHL) program, which designs and implements educational programs for healthcare leaders in China. His interest and experience in the delivery of healthcare to children in China has led him to accept responsibility for leading the efforts of establishing a cooperative relationship between the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Beijing Children’s Hospital (BCH).
As one of the world’s leading pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Roye has spent decades providing and improving the medical care of children with musculoskeletal conditions. His commitment to research, education, and the administration and delivery of healthcare services have been instrumental in advancing the possibilities of pediatric orthopaedics around the world.
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