Dr. Bradley Schlaggar is the president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute and holds the Zanvyl Krieger Faculty Endowed Chair at Kennedy Krieger. He is also a professor of neurology and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University.
Research: Dr. Schlaggar's research efforts, funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health, have been directed at understanding the development of the brain's functional network architecture in typically- and atypically-developing children. Dr. Schlaggar’s clinical expertise is in pediatric movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome and developmental disorders of language and cognition.
Background: At the Institute, Dr. Schlaggar leads a team of more than 2,800 full and part-time staff and faculty members to advance the organization’s longstanding mission of improving the lives of children, adolescents and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system. The Zanvyl Krieger Faculty Endowed Chair is funded by The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. Dr. Schlaggar assumed the Zanvyl Krieger Chair in 2018. Dr. Gary Goldstein was its innaugural recipient (1997).
Before joining Kennedy Krieger in 2018, Dr. Schlaggar served on the staff and faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 19 years, including four years as the division head of pediatric and developmental neurology, co-director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Schlaggar earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Brown University, and Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 1999, he completed his pediatric neurology residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University, where he served as the pediatric neurology residency director from 2005 to 2013. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the head of pediatric and developmental neurology, co-director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Dr. Schlaggar is a highly sought-after lecturer. He has published nearly 150 research papers and is recognized as a highly-cited (i.e., in the top 1 percent) investigator. He is a co-founder and vice president of the Flux Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. He has been recognized with numerous awards for research, mentorship, clinical care and community service, including the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society, the Norman Geschwind Award for Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, the 2013 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Frank Hatch Award for Outstanding Community Service from the John Merck Foundation. He serves on several boards of directors including Maryland Special Olympics, WYPR public radio and the Flux Society.