Theodore A. Kastner MD, MS:
Theodore Kastner, MD, MS is the founder and President of DDHA, Inc. in addition to serving as the Co-Director of the Rose F. Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Montefiore Medical System in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Kastner is board-certified in four specialties: Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Medical Management. He is also the director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) and is a professor of pediatrics, holding the Ruth I. Gottesman Chair in Developmental Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He also has appointments at the New Jersey Medical School and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey where he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (NJMS) and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (RWJ).
Dr. Kastner is an international authority on the concerns of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Kastner earned his M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1981. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science degree in population health from the University of Wisconsin in 1997.
Dr. Kastner has served as a consultant to numerous national organizations and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. He has presented at over 200 conferences and training workshops around the country and authored more than 100 publications in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
His research interests are in primary health care, mental health, managed care, and public policy issues. Dr. Kastner has been a member of numerous professional groups in the field of developmental disabilities including a member of the national board of directors of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Elizabeth M. Boggs Citizenship Award from United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New Jersey and a Leadership Award from the American Medical Association.
As a teacher, researcher, and practitioner he has an unparalleled experience in regard to the operation of federal Medicaid services as they affect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is an expert in the financing of service components, legal issues such as the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Affordable Care Act and on health care issues including comparative mortality of persons with developmental disabilities. His prior experience as a consultant to state governments in 18 states, and with disparate clients including the US Department of Justice and consumer advocacy groups places him in the unique role of being able to work with parties whose goals are often seen as competing. His accomplishments include the following:
• Consistently advocated for the right to self-determination.
• Recipient of numerous federal and state health care demonstration grants including a multi-million dollar health home demonstration award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
• Worked in community-based, waiver-funded services for 25 years.
• Consulted in 18 states regarding the operation of more than 40 public ICFs/DD.
• Helped Pennsylvania (1993) and Arkansas (2011) defeat the US Department of Justice in litigation regarding CRIPA and the ADA.
• Achieved the closure of the Alexander (AR) Human Development Center (2011).
• Co-authored (with Dr. Walsh) a comprehensive review study on different service systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Developed and published (with Dr. Walsh) a comprehensive health home model of integrated health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Co-authored (with Dr. Strauss) the first studies on comparative (community vs. institution) mortality of persons with developmental disabilities.
• Recipient of 14 local, state and national recognition awards.