• Kennedy Krieger Institute was founded in 1937 as the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, the first treatment facility in the country dedicated solely to children with cerebral palsy. The Institute was renamed the Kennedy Institute in 1968. In 1992, the name was changed again to Kennedy Krieger Institute. Learn more about Kennedy Krieger's history.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute provides interdisciplinary care to children, adolescents and many adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system through patient care, special education, research and professional training, and community programs. Patients come from all 50 states and more the 23 foreign countries for care.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute specializes in diseases, injuries and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system that affect more than 1 in 6 children, including those with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, feeding and  rare neurological disorders, muscular dystrophies, spina bifida and traumatic stress and other pediatric behavioral health issues.
  • The President & CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute is Bradley (Brad) Schlaggar, MD, PhD. He was appointed in 2018 following the retirement of Dr. Gary Goldstein, who held the position since 1988.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute serves 27,000 patients and students and 1,000 trainees a year.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute is a mission-driven, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that employs more than 2,800 individuals with more than 140 researchers devoted to pediatric neuroscience discovery.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute has 19 locations throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics and special education schools.
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute’s largest annual fundraiser is Festival of Trees. Held over Thanksgiving weekend, this family event attracts more than 50,000 people and raises over $1 million annually. 

Updated 03-2023