Naomi Kassan Amir was a pioneer in pediatric neurology in part because of her holistic approach, seeing each child not just in terms of their disability but in the context of their family and their community. Amir graduated NYU Medical School in 1952 before beginning her residency in neurology at Israel’s Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. She returned to the US for further training in pediatric neurology and realized there was a gap that needed to be addressed between pediatricians who focused on developmental growth and pediatric neurologists treating chronic handicaps like epilepsy, autism, and developmental disorders. When she came back to Israel in 1968, she created the first rehabilitation daycare center for children’s neurological issues, expanding it in 1979 to a service that offered diagnosis, multidisciplinary evaluation, and therapy. She treated both Jews and Arabs at Sha’arei Zedek Hospital and the Spafford Clinic in Jerusalem and continued running her department until days before her death.
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