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Bauman, Margaret , MD

Founding Director, LADDERS


Dr. Margaret L. Bauman is a distinguished pediatric neurologist and research investigator who has been a pioneer in the study and treatment of autism for the past twenty- five years. One of the world's foremost physicians in this field, she is highly respected for the outstanding clinical care she provides, as well as for her research and teachings in the domain of developmental disorders. Dr. Bauman's dedicated career is best exemplified in her establishment and development of The Autism Research Foundation (TARF), The Autism Research Consortium (TARC), The Lurie Center for Autism and The Autism Treatment Network (ATN.

The Lurie Center for Autism is a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic program for children, adolescents and adults with autism and associated neurological disorders founded by Dr. Bauman in 1981 as LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services).  The Lurie Center for Autism provides a true team approach to the cohesive evaluation and treatment of each patient, while including parents as key team members.

Under Dr. Bauman's leadership, The Lurie Center for Autism has continued to expand its delivery of services to those on the autism spectrum and now includes team expertise in the specialties of neurology, psychiatry, psychopharmacokinetics, gastroenterology, genetics, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental pediatrics, behavioral psychology and neuropsychology with additional specialties addressed by consultants. Together these professionals provide each patient with an individualized program from evaluation to an array of comprehensive services and treatments necessary for the child/adult to reach his/her maximum potential.