Javier Cardenas, MD
Dr. Javier Cardenas’ background in special education and long history of volunteerism has guided his career, leading him to the field of child neurology. He graduated from Arizona State University with highest honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. As a special education teacher, he instructed children with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. He earned his medical degree in Neurology and graduated with honors from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.
He completed a residency in Pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he received a number of awards, including Pediatric Intern of the Year, The Walt Vikram Troester Memorial Scholarship, for Exemplary Compassion in the Care of Neonates, and Outstanding Resident Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Cardenas trains at Barrow Neurological Institute in the Department of Child Neurology. He participates in advocacy training focused on pediatric traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, including the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. For the past 15 years, he has volunteered for Special Olympics in Arizona.
Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Dr. Cardenas to her Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries, which provides services and support for individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Cardenas is committed to the care, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury in children.
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