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Rajiv R. Varma, MD

Job Title Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
Job Title Clinical Associate Professor, 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:

1974 Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna, India


1979 Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI
1980 Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI


1983 Pediatric Neurology Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • American Academy of Neurology, Member
  • Child Neurology Society, Member
  • 2012 President, Allegheny County Medical Society

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology


  • Bajaj JS, Saeian K, Schubert CM, Hafeezullah M, Franco J, Varma RR, Gibson DP, Hoffmann RG, Stravitz RT, Heuman DM, Sterling RK, Shiffman M, Topaz A, Boyett S, Bell D, Sanyal AJ. Minimal hepatic encephalopathy is associated with motor vehicle crashes: The reality beyond the driving test. Hepatology. 2009 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Bajaj JS, Hafeezullah M, Franco J, Varma RR, Hoffmann RG, Knox JF, Hischke D, Hammeke TA, Pinkerton SD, Saeian K. Inhibitory control test for the diagnosis of minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Gastroenterology. 2008 Nov;135(5):1591-1600.e1. Epub 2008 Jul 22.
  • Bajaj JS, Saeian K, Christensen KM, Hafeezullah M, Varma RR, Franco J, Pleuss JA, Krakower G, Hoffmann RG, Binion DG.  Probiotic yogurt for the treatment of minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Am J Gastroenterol. 2008 Jul;103(7):1707-15.

    View Dr. Varma's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Rajiv Varma, MD, serves full-time as clinical director in the Division of Child Neurology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. After earning a medical degree in India's Prince of Wales Medical College, Dr. Varma traveled to England where he served as senior house officer in Royal Gwent Hospital. Dr. Varma then left England for the United States, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Michigan. In 1980, Dr. Varma came to Pittsburgh as a pediatric neurology fellow at UPMC and Children's.

Prior to joining Children's, Dr. Varma was Chief, Division of Child Neurology and Vice-chairman of Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Varma's certifications are in Pediatrics and in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology.

A member of ten professional and scientific societies, Dr. Varma has been particularly active in the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and in Organized Medicine.

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July 2, 2012
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July 2, 2012