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Lawrence C. Kaplan, M.D., ScM, FAAP

Lawrence C. Kaplan, M.D., ScM, FAAP

Lawrence C. Kaplan, M.D., ScM, FAAP, is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield. Dr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, a Master of Science degree in genetics from Brown University, and earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont. Dr. Kaplan was an intern, junior assistant resident and senior assistant resident in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. He was a fellow in medicine (developmental evaluation and genetics), a Farley research fellow in cerebral palsy/neurology and a United Cerebral Palsy fellow all at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also completed a leadership development fellowship at Zero to Three in Chicago, Illinois.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Kaplan include the evaluation and coordinated care of children with special health care needs and complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including but not limited to cerebral palsy, spina bifida, craniofacial malformations, genetic disorders, and problems of development associated with these and other conditions. He is a recognized expert in interdisciplinary family-centered systems of care for children with disabilities and in the education of health professionals and parents.  

Dr. Kaplan is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society and British Medical Association. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and Ambulatory Pediatric Association.


  • Medical Degree, University of Vermont
  • Residency, Boston Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics
  • Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital, Medicine (Developmental Evaluation and Genetics)
  • Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cerebral Palsy/Neurology
  • Fellow, Zero to Three, Chicago, IL, Leadership Development
  • Board Certified in Pediatrics
  • Certified in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics, British Medical Council