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Tom Novacheck, MD, named Chair of Gillette Children’s Cerebral Palsy Institute

March 28, 2023

Gillette Children’s has named orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of Integrated Care Services Tom Novacheck, MD, as the chair of its Cerebral Palsy Institute.  

Gillette Children’s Cerebral Palsy Institute is a leading innovator in clinical care, forward-thinking research and patient advocacy. This focus aligns with specialty care, resulting in a personalized, innovative approach that allows providers and individuals with the condition to thoughtfully seek out appropriate treatment choices. 

“Dr. Novacheck has an international reputation and has been instrumental in Gillette’s continued growth for more than 30 years,” said Micah Niermann, MD, Gillette Children’s Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to his focus on driving change and accelerating progress in cerebral palsy care.” 

Novacheck recently completed a term as president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). He has been involved in more than 150 academic papers, research studies and presentations in his tenure. He is a professor of orthopedics at the University of Minnesota.  

Additionally, he’s an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.  

His education includes a fellowship at Newington Children’s, now Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. He completed his orthopedic residency at Penn State University.  

“For decades, Gillette has been a leader in cerebral palsy care, research and advocacy,” Novacheck said.  “The Cerebral Palsy Institute is making an even clearer commitment to making a difference in the care of people with cerebral palsy in our community and worldwide. It’s an honor to be the chair of the Institute.”  

Gillette Children’s Cerebral Palsy Institute is transforming what is possible for children with cerebral palsy with over 100 research initiatives, 140 clinical experts and 125 years of advocacy.  Dreams don’t stop with a diagnosis. These dreams guide the Cerebral Palsy Institute to surround children and families with a community dedicated to seeing the possibilities and removing barriers.  

“Dr. Novacheck is a natural choice to chair the Cerebral Palsy Institute,” said Marcie Ward, MD, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician and one of the Institute’s steering committee leaders. “With his extensive experience in caring for patients with cerebral palsy, and his drive to collaborate with other like-minded providers in that care, he will quickly move the mission of Gillette’s Cerebral Palsy Institute forward.” 

About Gillette Children’s 

Gillette Children's specializes in treating children who have brain, bone and movement conditions. We provide comprehensive services, highly trained specialists, an integrated team approach, family-centered care and a lifetime of services.