Barbara Weissman, MD, is a Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Throughout her 25-year career, Dr. Weissman has been engaged in the follow-up of children born prematurely with a risk for later neurodevelopmental problems, in particular cerebral palsy. She is particularly interested in the issues surrounding the secondary disabilities associated with cerebral palsy, including dystonia, dysphagia, spasticity and communication limitations.
Dr. Weissman is in the process of further developing a Cerebral Palsy Program at Children’s and Emory University. An essential goal of this program is to develop clinical research to investigate secondary disabilities associated with cerebral palsy. The vision is to improve outcome and function in this population. Additionally, Dr. Weissman is interested in outcomes following brain injury. She has a long-standing interest in brain injury research and has enjoyed working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a consideration of the long-term consequences of mild brain injury.
Focus of Practice
- Pediatric neurology
Areas of Interest
- Cerebral palsy
- Cerebral palsy with the complications of epilepsy
Research & Publications
Dr. Weissman’s is involved in cerebral palsy research, including high-frequency, low-magnitude vibration (HLV). The hypothesis is that HLV will increase leg muscle volume and strength, reduce leg IM fat content, increase physical activity and improve balance in the treated cerebral palsy population. She is working with an investigator at the University of Georgia. Additionally, she is involved with faculty from Georgia State University, working on a constraint projects to improve the use of the hemiplegic extremity. She plans to develop quality research in working with the children who receive care through the Children’s Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy clinics. Additional research interests include outcomes of children concussions, particularly with children with chronic symptoms.