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We found 19 pediatric neurologists who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near Allentown, PA.

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Varma, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
Faculty Paviolion 6th Floor; 45th Street at Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Rajiv Varma's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Patient ratings for Dr. Varma average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Patna Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Varma trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan. 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. Christina Marie Patterson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Christina Patterson is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Western Reserve Care System. Dr. Patterson is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital 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 is a pediatric neurology and neurophysiology specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and Erie, PA. She is conversant in Japanese. Dr. Sogawa is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She graduated from Niigata University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Sogawa completed a residency program at Schneider Children's Hospital. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Hoda Abdel-Hamid's specialty is pediatric neurology. She attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Dr. Abdel-Hamid honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Abdel-Hamid (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Abdel-Hamid's professional affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Dana Cummings sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA, Monroeville, PA, and Hermitage, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in developmental disabilities. Dr. Cummings's professional 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Cummings attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Developmental Disabilities

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

Dr. Inna Vaisleib is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vaisleib accepts. After completing medical school at Kharkiv National Medical University, she performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Vaisleib (or staff) is conversant in Russian and Ukrainian.

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

Dr. Bilal Sitwat works as a pediatric neurologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sitwat is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Sitwat (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Dr. Maria Luisa Escolar, MS, MD
Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
4401 Penn Avenue; Plaza Building, Floor 4
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Maria Escolar works as a developmental pediatrician and neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Escolar is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Escolar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Deepa Soundara Soundara Rajan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4401 Penn Avenue; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Deepa Rajan is a pediatric neurology specialist. She studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. Her training includes a residency program at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Rajan's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rajan is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Rajan (or staff) speaks Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Miya Asato sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA and Monroeville, PA. Her medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Dr. Asato's professional affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Kavita Thakkar is a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Thakkar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Thakkar is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Medical University. For her residency, Dr. Thakkar trained at Tod Children's Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Thakkar average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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

Dr. Amy Goldstein practices pediatric neurology. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Before performing her residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is rated highly by her patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldstein takes.

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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. She is conversant in German. She has a special interest in epilepsy. Dr. Crumrine is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Crumrine honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy

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

Dr. Robyn Filipink works as a pediatric neurologist in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Filipink's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Filipink trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (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 is a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Safier's hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Safier trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Safier honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Gulay Alper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
3705 5th Avenue; Room 2950
Pittsburgh, PA
 

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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.