Dr. Alexander Hoon is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as the director of the Phelps Center for Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Medicine and medical director of the Carter Center for Holoprosencephaly and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Dr. Hoon received a bachelor of science from Davidson College in 1974, and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. After a pediatric residency at Kosair-Children's Hospital in Louisville, he completed a neonatology fellowship at British Columbia Children's Hospital and a one-year fellowship in medical genetics at the Affiliated Hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. In 1988, he came to Baltimore where he completed a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and obtained a master's of public health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He joined the Kennedy Krieger faculty in 1990.
Using his training in neonatology, genetics, neurodevelopmental disabilities and public health and working with collaborative research teams, Dr. Hoon addresses questions of cause and treatment in cerebral palsy. His current research uses advanced neuroimaging techniques, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, to more precisely characterize brain injury.
Dr. Hoon is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the Society for Developmental Pediatrics and the Kennedy Fellows Association. He was awarded the 2001 Kennedy Krieger Institute William J. Hersey Prize for exceptional commitment to children with disabilities.