Transition from pediatric to adult-centered care is the objective for every patient. However, Transitioning from pediatric to adult care can be overwhelming. This session will give a general overview of the importance of transition and the challenges and barriers associated with transition. It will also address the importance of early planning, considerations, competencies needed and present strategies to prepare teens, young adults and parents for a successful transition. This informative breakout session will encourage participants to ask questions about their Transition Issues, and participants will be given interesting topics to explore regarding Transition. Learn how to take control of your care and build relationships with new doctors.
Mark G. Hamilton, MDCM, FRCSC
Michael A. Williams, MD
David Wood, MD, MPH
Mark G. Hamilton
Dr. Mark Hamilton is the Director of the Adult Hydrocephalus Program at the University of Calgary and the Chairman of the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1979 and his medical degree from McGill University in 1983.
Dr. Hamilton is very committed to hydrocephalus and the work of the association. As a founding member of the AHCRN and the current chair, he has volunteered his time to advance the development of the network. He is passionate about adult hydrocephalus and brings extensive expertise in adult
hydrocephalus and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) as well as his clinical and scientific experience as a neurosurgeon and a researcher. He started his career as a pediatric
neurosurgeon, which has fueled a strong commitment to serving the transitioning population of teenagers moving to adult medical care.
Michael A. Williams
Dr. Michael Williams is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his medical degree and neurology training at Indiana University Medical Center, finishing in 1989. After a fellowship in Neurosciences Critical Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he joined the Department of Neurology faculty in 1991, where he was an NCCU attending physician and also established the Adult Hydrocephalus Center. He moved to Sinai Hospital in 2007 to become Medical Director of the Brain & Spine Institute, where he also established and direct their Adult Hydrocephalus Program. In 2016, he moved to the University of Washington,
where he is establishing a center for Adult & Transitional Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders.
Dr. Williams co-chaired the first-ever NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Workshop on hydrocephalus in 2005. In 2008, he helped to create the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders
(ISHCSF), and was the 3rd president of the society. He also is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Intracranial
Hypertension Research Foundation. He is actively involved in patient advocacy with the Hydrocephalus Association, is a
member of the Medical Advisory Board, and one of the founding members of the AHCRN. Most of our community knows
Dr. Williams as a welcoming Medical Co-Chair of our 2006, 2012 and 2014 biennial national conferences.
Dr. David Wood graduated with honors from Harvard University, and completed medical school and pediatric and preventive medicine residencies at UCLA. He also completed a fellowship
in Health Services Research at RAND/UCLA. He is currently a Tenured Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the East Tennessee State University. For more than 20 years his
research and advocacy efforts have focused on improving the health and health care for under served children and adults. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, reports, and book chapters. He has founded programs for and conducted advocacyoriented research on multiple groups of
disadvantaged children, including poor children, children in homeless shelters, children in foster care and youth with
special health care needs. He directed the Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS) program from 2005 until late 2014, a model patient-centered medical home to over 1000 medically complex and developmentally disabled youth and young adults. Dr. Wood helped create and was the Medical
Director of FloridaHATS, the Florida Office of Health Care Transition. Dr. Wood has been active in advocacy for disadvantaged children and adults, with a focus on children and adults with IDD, serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for over 12 years. In his current position Dr. Wood is working with ETSU colleagues and community partners to evaluate the health and health care
services of children and families in Middle Appalachia, and to build health care programs to meet children’s critical health needs.