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Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD
UPMC HamotUPMC Children's Hospital of PittsburghUPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
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Dr. Dana Cummings is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Cummings; excitement about developmental neuroscience and neurophysiology began during his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Brown University. As an NIH-funding Medical Scientist Training Program trainee at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed MD/PhD in Neuroscience focused on mechanisms of short-term synaptic plasticity at hippocampal synapses in 1996. He completed Pediatrics Residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Pediatric Neurology Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As neurology resident he investigated the cognitive and behavioral effects of guanfacine in children with Tourette Syndrome. After residency, he served as Clinical consultant on Neurodevelopmental disabilities, Center for Development and Learning, Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2001 to 2010.
With a long-term interest in global medicine and medical education, Dr. Cummings served as a physician educator at Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara Turkey. As Consultant in neurology and pediatrics for ZdravPlus (USAID funded healthcare reform project), he and his family lived in the Kyrgyz Republic for five years. He provided training in pediatric neurology, emergency medicine, and neurorehabiltation and introduced models of multi-disciplinary care in cerebral palsy and stroke in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. In 2014, Dr. Cummings provided a pediatric neurology and epilepsy training course and clinical preceptorship at the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health, Astana, Kazakhstan as an outreach of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Dr. Cummings serves as an advisor for pediatric neurology residents planning international rotations.
Dr. Cummings joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2010, as director of the Pediatric Stroke Program at CHP. He served as the site investigator the NIH-funded Thrombolysis in Pediatric Stroke (TIPS) trial. He currently serves as the pediatric neurology member of the Research Advisory Committee, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Coordinating Center, NINDS Stroke Trials Network. He is a cerebrovascular diseases section reviewer for Pediatric Neurology, an Elsevier Journal.
Dr. Cummings precepts medical students and residents on inpatient care as well as emergency care of outpatients. He also serves as a preceptor for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) for Medical Students.
Dr. Cummings provides stroke consultations to the emergency department, inpatient and consult services and he staffs twice-monthly outpatient stroke clinics. He is the neurology consultant for the Vascular Anomalies Clinic of CHP and the site pediatric neurologist for the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia North American Center for Excellence at UPMC.
Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and are displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.
Total Comments: 37
Dr. Cummings listened to what we had to say, and tried to come up with ways to improve my child's condition, but the suggestions only included various medications to treat the symptoms, not the underlying cause of the condition. The underlying cause of the condition is not known and we did not get much closer to discovering it during this visit.
we had a great experience!
Dr Cummings is personable and very kind.
Doctor seemed rushed during my visit. Would have like more explanation.
Interacted with our son on his level
Dr. Cummings is brilliant, humane, kind and funny. He is easy to talk to and a good listener. He is exactly the person that I would want to treat my child.
Dr. Cummings is amazing.
we would have liked more open mindedness to natural health options vs medications
excellent, little wait time!
We felt confident with the Dr's decisions. I like that he didn't push for tests right away like other Dr's do.
was really nice friendly and helpful
He was very personable.
Dr. Dana Cummings has provided thoughtful, intelligent, personalized care to my son. I appreciate that along with his excellent care and expertise, he is engaging and able to speak to my son and explain things in an age appropriate manner. He is an excellent provider and a kind person, as well. We are grateful for his care.
My child is very comfortable with Dr. Cummings. He talks with him about every day thlngs besides health issues.
They did a great job returning my phone call after I discussed concerns with her urologist and the medicine Cummings recommended for her headaches. The nurse was amazing and very helpful in the phone call. Returned calls very promptly
He wanted to order an MRI and I was there for an approval of a CT scan. He did go and search for an MRI but looked at a 2008 MRI and not the recent one of this year.
All office staff very courteous and friendly.
Dr. Cummings has an excellent chair-side manner and seemed international with putting my young teenage son at ease.
we were pleased with the care Dr Cummings gave to our son. UPMC Children's Hospital is the only place to treat you child. They are the best.
he seemed very thorough. did not seem thrilled that we were told to see neurologist asap
dr.cummings made my son laugh and smile. he also dId his job amazingly.
The provider was very attentive, but waiting after the visit for our paperwork was long. Our 2 year old was having a hard time waiting due to being overly tired and sick with infection.
I was very impressed by Dr. Cummings!! Very knowledeable!!
We would like to thank Dr. Cummings for taking our concerns with our son's health very seriously. He went out of his way to ensure our son was scheduled to be seen quickly when needed. Dr. Cummings collaborates promptly with our son's other medical providers, and he is always open to working with our son's providers at an outside institution. We would also like to thank Dr. Cummings' RN, Megan, who also responds promptly, takes time to listen and answer questions, and always follows through. We are fortunate to have Dr. Cummings and Megan as part of our son's team.
The nurse who took my child's vitals seemed to be in a hurry. I felt like she was rushing to get us done so we could just sit and wait.
Always very prompt to handle any problems or concerns.
Dr. Cummings is a great Doctor. I feel very comfortable and confident under his care
I was very pleased that Dr. Cummings was able to listen and communicate with me about my child's health. I am also happy he took his time with my child and was able to address our concerns.
Dr. Cummings is terrific!
Our child loves Dr. Cummings
the doctor spoke extremely vague and was very difficult to understand...left feeling overwhelmed & full of unanswered questions
Our last visits, my son was extra crabby from the trip. Dr Cummings was so understanding and patient with him. It was nice to know he understood that he was a good kid having a rough moment.
When we arrived we were told we were at the wrong location. That appt with Dr. Cleeves-Bayon was at the Bridgeville location. This was NOT communicated to me prior to the appt. Our Pediatrician scheduled the appt. I commend CHP for making thr adjustment and getting us on Dr. Cummings schedule since we drive 2hrs to get there. I greatly appreciate that and overall had a very good checkup with him. He provided alternatives to try. Dr. Swati Larioa was very very helpful, she listened, made my daughter feel comfortable, and I felt she was very knowledgeable as well. It was a blessing to ha e both doctors checking our daughter. Thank you
keep up the great work
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