As we enter into Passover and the Easter Weekend there's a ton of "Holiness" going around – especially in this episode. We welcome Kennedy Krieger's President and CEO Brad Schlaggar, MD PhD. to the fold. I've had the pleasure of getting to know Brad over the past year and what a great steal he's been from the City of St. Louis. His journey is a great one as he walks us through his career and the steps it took to get to the top of the mountain as Kennedy Krieger's President and CEO. He has published over 150 research papers and he's a highly sought after lecturer – people want to hear from this guy!
When you spend your life pursuing knowledge in the world of neurology and pediatrics and you get the call to come to Kennedy Krieger – you pick up your life and make the move. Brad, along with his wife, Hristina – who loves to laugh and also has a PhD in Neuroscience – and their two kids made the move to Baltimore. Like everyone else that comes from other places they quickly settled into our little Bohemian City and are loving life!
At Kennedy Krieger, Brad leads a team of over 2,800 people providing services focused on improving the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal systems. Kennedy Krieger is the second largest research Hospital in Baltimore's East Side and dominates the planet in the areas of it's focus. I remember sitting in the lobby of the original building over 40 years ago when they were at the forefront of trying to understand ADHD and how to help wild types like me. The work is ongoing and the progress has been tremendous.
There's so much more to this institution than most people in Baltimore know and Brad opens the curtain and unviels what's new across a broad spectrum of reasearch topics. He also touches upon some of the Institutions most exciting work. When not working, Brad loves music and in particular the Grateful Dead, so we get along just exactly perfectly.
Let's get into this one, a great talk with a newly declared Holy Man just in time for the Holiest time of the year. Rev. and I are so pleased to present this one and give everyone a look behind the curtain at this incredibly important institution. Brad, thanks for coming to Baltimore and thanks for your leadership at one our State's most valuable healthcare assets.
Happy Passover and Easter to All...