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Professor Kerr Graham

  • MD, FRCS (Ed), FRACS.

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of Melbourne
    The Royal Children's Hospital

    Kerr Graham is The University of Melbourne Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory, and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.  Professor Graham’s clinical and research interests are principally in the area of cerebral palsy, clinical gait analysis, clinical trials of spasticity management, and gait improvements surgery for children with cerebral palsy.

    In 1993 and 1995 his research team was awarded the Richmond prize from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in recognition of pioneering work in the use of Botulinum toxin A for the management of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy.  In 2001 he was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, the highest research award from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  In 2002 he received the prize for the Best Basic Science paper at the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).  He was awarded The King James IV Professorship of The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh for 2012/2013 and was recently presented with the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) 2015 Mentorship award.

    Professor Graham runs an active clinical and research program through the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.  He has supervised 7 MDs and 9 PhDs to completion leading to an extensive publication of original papers, review articles, and book chapters.  Between 2005 and 2009, Professor Graham was the Chief Investigator of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Gait Rehabilitation (NH&MRC CCRE), which led to the publication of 11 book chapters and 160 papers. He is currently a Chief Investigator of the NH&MRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy.

    Professor Graham has developed a number of patents including enhancement of longitudinal muscle growth in the hereditary spastic mouse and in the development of novel software in clinical gait analysis, the Movement Analysis Profile (MAP) and Gait Profile Score (GPS).  He has served as Visiting Professor in the United States, Canada, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.  He is a reviewer for several journals including Bone and Joint, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Gait and Posture and the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics.