Marina del Rey area resident Dr. William L. Oppenheim, professor and chair of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Division of Pediatric Orthopedics, has been named the first holder of the Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar, M.D., Chair in Cerebral Palsy.

The position was established with a gift from the late Dr. Margaret Holden Jones Kanaar, a professor emeritus of pediatrics at UCLA and pioneer in the field of cerebral palsy.

Oppenheim has spent his entire 25-year academic career at UCLA, and he and Kanaar helped establish the Center for Cerebral Palsy, which provides care for children and adults.

Center services include orthopedic, neurosurgical, psychiatric and neurological consultations as well as occupational, physical, dietetic and psychological therapy.

In September, Oppenheim was elected second vice president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He is to serve as president in 2006.

He lives in the Marina area with his wife Patricia, a Superior Court judge, and daughter Jennifer, a sixth-grader at the Carlthorpe School in Santa Monica.