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Gulay Alper, MD

Job Title Assistant Professor, Division of Child Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5520 Phone
412-692-6787 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1982 Hacettepe University Medical Faculty, Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey


1991 Department of Pediatrics, University of Istanbul
Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul/Turkey
2002 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


1996 Child Neurology Fellowship, Division of Child Neurology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1999 Epilepsy Fellowship, Division of Child Neurology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2001 Research Fellowship, Division of Child Neurology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Turkish Medical Association, Ankara, Turkey
  • National Association of Pediatrics, Turkey
  • Child Neurology Society, USA
  • Turkish Epilepsy Association
  • Turkish Child Neurology Society
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic Association (NFCA)
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Allegheny Medical Society

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Certification of Clinical Fellowship in Child Neurology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Board of Pediatric Neurology of Turkey
  • Board of Pediatrics of Turkey
  • Drug Enforcement Agency


  • "Dorothy Leet International Fellowship" Grant, International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • Cihat Tahsin Gurson Research Award, Gurson Children's Health Foundation
  • 1987-1989 University of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Success Certificate for


  • Alper G, Narayanan V. Friedreich's ataxia . Review article. Pediatric Neurol, 2003; 28:335-341.
  • Alper G, Schor NF. Toward the definition of acute disseminated encephalitis of childhood. Review article. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 2004;16(6): 637-640.
  • Eklund EA, Newell JW, Sun L, Jeo NS, Alper G, Willert J, Freeze HH. Molecular and clinical description of the first US patients with congenital disorder of glycosylation Ig. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 2005; 84(1):25-31.

Research Interests

  • Acute demyelinating disorders of childhood; longitudinal cohort study for long-term prognosis
  • Pediatric multiple sclerosis
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Optic neuritis with abnormal brain MRI findings
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (Devic's disease)
  • Neuroimmunology

Biography Summary

In addition to seeing patients in general Child Neurology, Gulay Alper, MD, sees patients in the White Matter Disorders, Neurofibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis clinics at Children’s in Oakland and Children’s East in Monroeville.

She completed her Pediatrics residency in her native Turkey, where she was a general practitioner for the Ministry of Health for four years in the cities of Erzurum and Diyarbakir. She came to Children’s for additional training in Pediatrics and Child Neurology residency.

Dr. Alper joined the Child Neurology faculty in July 2002 after a research fellowship in Neurogenetics in the Children’s laboratory of Vinodh Narayanan, MD.

Dr. Alper has begun a research project designed to determine the frequency with which children get multiple sclerosis and related conditions that involve the white matter of the brain. Her studies will help us understand what happens to children with these diseases as they mature, and begin to tell us what treatment and prevention options work best.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Establishing a model of autoimmune central nervous system inflammatory demyelinating disease
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July 2, 2012
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