​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pediatric Healthcare Series


​​Motion Analysis in Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Applications

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 | 9 a.m. to Noon


  • Zoom Webinar
  • 2-hour presentation from Shriner's Hospitals Physicians
  • 1-hour InterProfessional Education (IPE)​​
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Sue Mukherjee, M.D.
Sue Mukherjee

Sue Mukherjee, M.D., FRCPC, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and pediatric physiatrist. She is the medical director of the Chicago Shriners Hospital's specialty rehabilitation care for children with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other rehabilitation needs. Dr. Mukherjee joins an expert staff of rehabilitation clinicians and orthopaedic surgeons at the Chicago Shriners Hospital, offering advanced, multidisciplinary care to children all over the Chicagoland area and throughout the Midwest.

Dr. Mukherjee comes to the Chicago Shriners Hospital from the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where she was director of the Fellowship Program of Pediatric Rehabilitation and medical director of the adult spina bifida clinic. She has a longstanding interest in clinical and transitional outcomes for people with pediatric onset disabilities or conditions, and has researched health outcomes in spina bifida patients. Dr. Mukherjee’s additional clinical interests include infant brachial plexus palsy, gait disorders in neurologic conditions, the transition of pediatric spina bifida patients to adulthood, and the impact of vision impairments on gait and balance.

Dr. Mukherjee has lectured in the U.S. and internationally, addressing topics such as medical management of spina bifida and cerebral palsy, pediatric rehabilitation and transitions for youth with disabilities. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board, Division of Specialized Care for Children (State Title V Program), and also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Karen Kruger, Ph.D.
Karen Kruger Headshot

Karen Kruger, Ph.D., is the motion analysis center (MAC) engineer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. She is also a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Kruger earned her Ph.D. in Iowa with a focus on orthopaedic biomechanics. She started working with the MAC at the Chicago Shriners Hospital in 2015 while completing an advanced rehabilitation research and training fellowship. She joined the MAC as engineer in early 2019. Her work in the gait lab has focused on analysis of foot and ankle deformity using the Milwaukee Foot Model and biplane fluoroscopy.

Dr. Kruger is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, where she serves on the Women’s Leadership Forum. She is also a member of the American Society of Biomechanics and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. She has presented numerous lectures and papers, and trained engineers and clinicians in gait analysis from the Philippines, Panama, and Mexico.

She is a former competitive cross-country runner and Nordic skier, and a four-time junior Olympian.

University of Findlay College of Health Professions  Shriners Hospitals for Children       Dowling Steel       Jerl Machine

Co-sponsored by the University of Findlay's College of Health Professions and Shriner Hospitals for Children. This annual interprofessional education (IPE) event presents different topics in pediatric healthcare led by leading experts in those respected fields.

The Pediatric Healthcare Series is free and open to the community.​​​​

Past Pediatric Healthcare Series Events
The Role of the Interdisciplinary Team in Successful Burn Management

Amanda Fields, MSN, RN, is the Manager of Education and Development at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati. She started her nursing career at Shriners upon graduation, and was promoted to Clinical Coordinator where she mentored nurses. She is also a BLS, PALS, and ABLS instructor.

Lori Boerger, MSW, LSW, ACM-SW, has been a part of the Family Services/Care Management team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati since 2006 which includes involvement with families whose children are receiving acute and outpatient treatment for burns, soft tissue reconstruction and craniofacial malformations. ​She received her BS and MSW at the University of Cincinnati.

​ Michelle Dwertman, PT, received her degree in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky. She worked in New York City for eight​ years before joining the Cincinnati Shriner's Hospital team. Michelle's work experiences include school-based physical therapy and out-patient therapy at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornel in pediatric and burns. She received credentials as an ABA burn certified therapist.

Bone Health in Children
Peter A. Smith, M.D. has served as an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago since 1990, where he is Director of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta clinic, and Medical Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory.

Michelle Urban is a native Ohioan growing up in Toledo. She attended school at Marquette University obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy.

Spinal Cord Injury & Care
Purnendu Gupta, MD, chief of staff and pediatric spine surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Chicago. Kathy Zebracki, Ph.D., director of psychology at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago and Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Chicago Craniofacial Team Provided Cleft Lip Care Educational Session for UF Health Professions Students, Area Practitioners

From left, Susan Stevens, then Department Chair, and Athletic Training Program Director; Dr. David Morris, M.D.; Dr. Meredith Albert; and nurse practitioner Marisa Foss. Click here to read about the 2016 event.