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William D. Graf, M.D. serves on the Board of Directors of our charitable corporation and is our expert in neurological and behavioral disorders, as well. Dr. Graf is currently Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. After undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany, Dr. Graf completed his M.D. degree at the Freie Universität-Berlin, West Berlin, Germany. Dr. Graf completed his pediatric residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 1986 and then completed a Fellowship in neurodevelopmental disorders at the Institute for Human Development at New York Medical College. He then completed his residency in neurology and child neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1991. Dr. Graf practiced child neurology in Seattle from 1991 until 2003 before moving to Kansas City where he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. He practiced Child Neurology at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City until 2010. He served as Section Chief of neurology at Mercy and was Director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program. He moved to Connecticut in 2010 where he joined the faculty of Yale University as a Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Neurology and head of the Division of Child Neurology. He most recently joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Graf was Medical Director of the ACCORD Foundation (Advocacy for Children with Complex, Orphan, and Rare Disorders), a 501(c)3 corporation in Belleview, Washington from 2000 to 2002. Over the years, Dr. Graf has become an expert in the field of medical ethics and has published and presented many papers on the subject as it relates to treatment of neurologic disorders, autism, and rare genetic diseases. Dr. Graf has published more than 60 peer reviewed papers in scholarly medical journals, multiple chapters, and he has appeared on many televised news reports discussing neurology, medical ethics, and science. He is a recognized authority on many rare genetic disorders including velo-cardio-facial syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Angelman syndrome to mention only a few. He is a frequent invited guest speaker at national and international meetings.

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