Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and pediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural pediatrics and child neurology.
Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders. The centre is also a teaching institute for professionals in developmental pediatrics.
Since 2001, he has been involved with the implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health program (ICF), initially in neuro-rehabilitation and later in implementing it into Early Intervention Centres in Germany. Together with Judith Hollenweger, he edited the german translation of the ICF-CY. He also co-authored with Liane Simon the first book about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany.
At McMaster, he is currently introducing ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. His goal is to develop an electronic version of the ICF (the ICanFunction App) to empower patients to better describe their needs to clinicians.