Dr. Michael Shevell receives Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society

October 27, 2014

Dr. Michael Shevell is the 2014 Hower Award recipient, an honour accorded Oct. 25, 2014 by the Child Neurology Society during its annual meeting.

A Chair and Professor of McGill University's Department of Pediatrics, Professor of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Shevell is the past head of NeuroDevNet's Cerebral Palsy Research Project.

Dr. Shevell is an acknowledged expert in neurodevelopmental disabilities, neonatal neurology and ethical/historical aspects of neurologic practice, and is known for his commitment to clinically relevant research that improves health care delivery. As a scholar, his research output approaches 400 publications, abstracts, chapters, books and papers.

Asked about the significance of the Hower Award at this stage in what has been an illustrious career, Dr. Shevell said, "it's validation for choices made and recognition that one's hard work has had an impact."

As noted on the McGill University website, the Hower Award is given to only one child neurologist each year by the Child Neurology Society, the Hower Award honours outstanding teachers and scholars who have made exceptional national and international contributions to the field of child neurology, and have devoted a high level of service to the Society. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Shevell joins an elite group of research and teaching scholars who stand among the best in their respective fields.

In preparation for conferring the Hower Award, the Child Neurology Society produced an engaging and comprehensive overview of Dr. Shevell's background and contributions. "Canada doesn’t have a lot of child neurologists," notes the editor. "But what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality. Dr. Michael Shevell is a case in point."