Karl Kuban brings depth and breadth in clinical care, research and teaching to his role as Chief of the Pediatric Neurology Division at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Kuban was resident training coordinator in Pediatric Neurology at both Children’s Hospital Boston, where he was on staff for 16 years, and at Tufts-New England Medical Center, where he was Associate Chief for 8 years. He has authored more than 70 original peer-reviewed publications, has created an interactive training CD/video for conducting a pediatric neurological examination, and has received awards for teaching and patient care.
As a medical student at the University of Miami, he gravitated naturally to pediatric neurology. “I was always fascinated by the mind and the nervous system,” Dr. Kuban says. “Once I began my medical school rotations, it became clear that children felt comfortable with me, and I felt comfortable with them, and I was attracted by the possibility of helping patients that had as yet such unfulfilled potential. As I finished medical school, CAT scanning became available, and, for the first time, we could easily obtain remarkable images of people’s brains. Looking back, it was amazing to have that unique diagnostic tool.”
Dr. Kuban completed his pediatrics training at Children’s Hospital Boston and his neurology training in the Longwood Area/Children’s Hospital Neurological Training Program.
Dr. Kuban obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and he has had a broad range of research interests, including ones focused on neonatal neurology, cerebral palsy, childhood stroke, autism and brain injury related to congenital heart disease. He currently serves as co-principal investigator for a multi-center NIH study looking at biological markers in the bloods of babies born under 28 weeks gestation. “We are investigating a variety of intrauterine factors that may contribute to risk of brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy and mental retardation, as well as to developmental delays, attentional problems, learning disabilities, and even autism,” he explains.
Dr. Kuban also serves as Director of the Division’s residency program. “We are here to inspire and support each trainee’s own creativity and, when needed, to help them carve out a niche,” he says, noting that the Division has no shortage of mentors. “We offer a nurturing, supportive environment that provides many opportunities for didactic learning as well much one-on-one teaching at ‘the beside’. Our hospital and our division offer an ideal setting for one to learn and to practice pediatric neurology.”