We found 20 pediatric neurologists who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near Allentown, PA.

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Dr. Dana Douglas Cummings, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dana Cummings practices pediatric neurology in Pittsburgh, PA, Monroeville, PA, and Hermitage, PA. Dr. Cummings is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cummings include developmental disabilities. His professional affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Cummings attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Christina Marie Patterson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Christina Patterson practices pediatric neurology. Dr. Patterson's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Case Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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Dr. Hoda Zakaria Abdel Hamid, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
3705 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Hoda Abdel-Hamid is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. Dr. Abdel-Hamid is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Abdel-Hamid trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Hurley Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Cairo University. Dr. Abdel-Hamid (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Maria L Escolar, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
4401 Penn Avenue; Plaza Building, Floor 4
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Maria Escolar specializes in pediatric neurology and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Escolar trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Escolar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Escolar is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Yoshimi Sogawa, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Yoshimi Sogawa practices pediatric neurology and neurophysiology in Pittsburgh, PA and Erie, PA. Dr. Sogawa speaks Japanese. She is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She is a graduate of Niigata University School of Medicine and a graduate of Schneider Children's Hospital's residency program. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sogawa honors.

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Dr. Kavita Piyush Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kavita Thakkar specializes in pediatric neurology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thakkar studied medicine at Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Medical University. Dr. Thakkar trained at Tod Children's Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. Thakkar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Inna Iiana Vaisleib, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Room 2950
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Inna Vaisleib practices pediatric neurology. On average, patients gave Dr. Vaisleib a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Vaisleib attended medical school at Kharkiv National Medical University. Dr. Vaisleib (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Russian and Ukrainian.

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Dr. Shelley D Williams, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Shelley Williams works as a pediatric neurologist and neurophysiologist in Pittsburgh, PA, Hermitage, PA, and Wexford, PA. Dr. Williams has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Her professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Dr. Monica Ramesh Naik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
3705 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Monica Naik is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. She graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Medical University and then she performed her residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Naik at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. In addition to English, Dr. Naik (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Rajiv R Varma, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Room 2950
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Rajiv Varma is a pediatric neurologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Bridgeville, PA. After attending Patna Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Hurley Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Varma is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Varma (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Varma is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Bilal Sitwat, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
3705 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Bilal Sitwat is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Sitwat (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Sitwat's professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is rated highly by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sitwat accepts.

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Dr. Patricia Kay Crumrine, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3414 5th Avenue; Chob Building, 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Patricia Crumrine is a pediatric neurologist in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to English, she speaks German. In her practice, Dr. Crumrine focuses on epilepsy. Dr. Crumrine is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Crumrine is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at MetroHealth Medical Center for her residency. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crumrine accepts.

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy

Dr. Miya Rei Asato, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Room 2950
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Miya Asato is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Asato's hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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Dr. Robyn Ann Filipink, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
3705 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Robyn Filipink specializes in pediatric neurology and practices in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Filipink's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Amy C Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Department of Pediatrics - Neurology
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Amy Goldstein is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Goldstein takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Goldstein completed a residency program at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Robert Adam Safier, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Department of Pediatrics - Neurology
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Robert Safier works as a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Safier has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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What is Pediatric Neurology?

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal column, nerves, and muscles. It is what allows our brain and body to communicate with each other. Disorders of the nervous system are treated by a neurologist. When these disorders affect children or teens, they are treated by a pediatric or child neurologist.

Child neurologists have a special understanding of how the nervous system functions in a child’s growing body. Some neurological illnesses are rarely seen in adults, and others have symptoms that are different in children than in adults. Children’s developing brains and bodies can change quickly, and a pediatric neurologist is trained to quickly evaluate and manage symptoms before they cause future problems.

There is a very wide variety of disorders in pediatric neurology. Some issues, like seizures, are quite common, while others are very rare. A few examples of the problems treated by a child neurologist include:
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Neurological disorders that cause physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental movement disorders, such as motor delays or low coordination
  • Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Social and behavioral disorders that originate in the brain, such as ADHD and autism (many, but not all pediatric neurologists offer this service)

To figure out what is happening in a patient’s nervous system, pediatric neurologists make frequent use of brain scans. These may be CT scans (computed tomography, which uses x-rays), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging, done with radio waves and magnets), or PET scans (positron emission tomography, which uses small amounts of radioactive material). In addition, child neurologists may use:
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • Chromosomal testing
  • EEG (electroencephalogram, a test to measure electrical activity in the brain)
  • EMG (electromyography, tests to measure how well nerves and muscles work)
  • Developmental screening tests
  • Hearing and vision tests

It can be incredibly difficult for parents when their child is hurting or isn’t able to do things that other kids their age can do. A pediatric neurologist is a great resource to help kids with neurological disorders reach their full potential.
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