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Dr. Olaf Kraus De Camargo


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+905-521-2100, Ext. 74275


Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and paediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics 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. 

Within the Department of Paediatrics he is currently the Education Resource Person for the Division of Developmental Paediatrics.

Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (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 (Children and Youth Version) for WHO. With Liane Simon he co-authored the first handbook about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany. He contributes with his expertise as a collaborator to the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of the Family of Classification of WHO.

Current Projects

At McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo is 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. He also is a co-founder and editor of an educational website called ICFEducation.

Research and Publications

Dr. Kraus de Camargo's research and publications are available on ResearchGate, a digital network dedicated to science and research.


Dr. Kraus de Camargo's presentations are available to view and download on SlideShare

Areas of Focus

ICF, Knowledge Translation and Implementation, Family and Patient Driven Research, Mobile Health Applications


The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF): There is Always More Than a Single Story*

The ICF helps clinicians and families think about a broader and fuller picture of both the specific health information and the life situation of a patient.

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