Dr. Richard Stevenson is a Developmental Pediatrician from Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, where he has been on the faculty since 1989. He is active in clinical care, education, research and administration. He is an attending pediatrician at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, caring for children across the range of acquired and congenital disabilities: brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, autism, spina bifida, developmental delay, feeding disorders, ADHD, and other developmental and behavioral disorders. His main interest and expertise relates to the care of children with cerebral palsy. He teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Virginia. Dr. Stevenson is Chief of Developmental Pediatrics and Medical Director of the CDRC. He currently serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research at the University of Virginia. Dr. Stevenson is past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM).
Dr. Stevenson’s primary research has focused on secondary health conditions in children with cerebral palsy. His efforts have been directed toward determining how secondary conditions (e.g. malnutrition, osteoporosis, aspiration, chronic pain) affect the health, functional abilities, social participation, and quality of life of children with cerebral palsy and their families. He has ongoing research collaborations with investigators in the US, Australia, and Norway.
Dr. Stevenson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his general pediatrics training at the University of Virginia and then moved to the University of Iowa (Iowa City) where he completed a fellowship in Developmental Disabilities. He is board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities.