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

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

Dr. Christina Patterson's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Before completing her residency at UH Case Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Patterson attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patterson honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patterson is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Hoda Abdel-Hamid, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. She is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Abdel-Hamid performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Hurley Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Cairo University. Dr. Abdel-Hamid (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French.

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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. Patient ratings for Dr. Sogawa average 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Niigata University School of Medicine and residency at Schneider Children's Hospital. She speaks Japanese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Rajiv Varma is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Varma is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Varma attended medical school at Patna Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Varma trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Varma (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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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 practices neurodevelopmental disabilities and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Escolar completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Escolar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Escolar is professionally affiliated with 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 is a pediatric neurology specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Vaisleib studied medicine at Kharkiv National Medical University. Dr. Vaisleib's training includes residency programs at Mayo Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Vaisleib (or staff) speaks Russian and Ukrainian. She is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Bilal Sitwat's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sitwat studied medicine at Dow Medical College. He completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Sitwat (or staff) speaks Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Kavita Thakkar, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, Bridgeville, PA, and Johnstown, PA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Thakkar attended Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Medical University for medical school and subsequently 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. Dr. Thakkar is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. She has a special interest in epilepsy. Dr. Crumrine's professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Northwest, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Crumrine's training includes a residency program at MetroHealth Medical Center. She speaks German.

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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 specialist in pediatric neurology. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Asato studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Asato is affiliated with 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' area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cummings include developmental disabilities. Dr. Cummings's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His professional affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Developmental Disabilities

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

Dr. Amy Goldstein specializes in pediatric neurology and practices in Pittsburgh, PA, Bridgeville, PA, and Monroeville, PA. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldstein accepts. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency.

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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 neurologist in Pittsburgh, PA, Monroeville, PA, and Beaver Falls, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Rajan average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Rajan (or staff) is conversant in Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Robyn Filipink's specialty is pediatric neurology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Filipink attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. Her professional affiliations include 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 is a specialist in pediatric neurology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Safier attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Gulay Alper is a pediatric neurology specialist. Dr. Alper has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Alper's patients. Dr. Alper is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Alper honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Alper studied medicine at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Alper's medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Alper is conversant in Turkish.

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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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