About Karen

Karen Pape, MD, FRCPC, is a neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist who is a medical innovator challenging the system to raise expectations for babies born with early brain and nerve injury in her book, The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk.

Her groundbreaking work and approach to understanding brain recovery and neuroplasticity in baby brains spans over thirty years of research and clinical work.   She was the Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic at Toronto’s renowned Hospital for Sick Children, with an additional research fellowship in Neonatal Pathology and Ultrasound Brain Scans in London, England. Dr. Pape co-authored a book on baby brain pathology and was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultrasound brain scanning, now used in neonatal intensive care units worldwide.

As founder and Director of The Magee Clinic in Toronto, she developed a new, personalized approach to children and adults with early onset brain or nerve damage. She has lectured widely and conducted over 200 training workshops and conferences for parents, therapists, and physicians throughout North America and internationally in 12 countries.

Dr. Pape lives in Toronto, Canada.

As Norman Doidge, MD, renowned expert on neuroplasticity says of Dr. Pape. “She is a pioneer, rightly demanding that colleagues integrate the new science of brain plasticity as it applies to these children, and this is her cri de coeur, recording not only the new breakthroughs but effectively explaining why, tragically, so many families are still denied these important interventions.”

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