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Dr. Dana Cummings is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 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 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (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: 22
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
this was our fist visit to this facility and I must say I was very pleased with everyone there!
Very pleased with the service we received.
I felt this was an obligated appointment versus an appointment to review and respond to my child's current medical condition. We were a 'slot' to fill with no personal emphasis placed on who my daughter is, past conditions nor current status. No review on her history was done in advance and timeline was mixed up.
The care that we received by Dr. Cummings and the staff at Children's East was awesome. We've seen a lot of doctors for my son's care in the past year and a half and I feel that they have without a doubt been the best! Dr. Cummings patiently listens to the symptoms and examples I had. He never rushed me or treated my son as just another patient. He and his nurse have outstanding bedside manner.
To whom it may concern: I have to state for the record Dr. Dana D. Cummings MD and the Neurology department showed the up-most respect for my than very frighten daughter. I travel over 50-miles both ways to see Dr. Cummings and will continue until the problem is resolved and or a plan of continued care is put in place. Again, I say thank you to the Doctor's and to ALL the staff at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh!
fully trust Dr. Cummings to make good decisions in my migraine treatment
Had been to two other doctors, one chiropractor and an acupuncturist for my daughter's constant stabbing/ice pick headaches and also frequent migraines. After a year, we went to see Dr. Cummings. Dr. Cummings treatment is the only one that has helped. My daughter's condition has improved a lot since seeing Dr. Cummings. Also, his nurse, Michelle, always returns my calls quickly, is very sympathetic and very helpful. The staff at his Monroeville office is always courteous.
awesome doctor loved dr. Cummings
Dr Cummings is always pleasant and genuinely concerned.
Dr. Cummings is a wonderfu neurologist. My child is extremely comfortable with him and he explains everything to the parents.
I absolutely love dr. Cummings and his entire staff, I wish we would have had him from the start! We have never felt so comfortable and confident with a neurologist I highly recommend him to EVERYONE ! When our first neurologist retired I was a bit disappointed to have to travel but after meeting Dr. Cummings and his staff ,I would drive across the country to keep him for both of my children!
Doctor didn't seem to care about my child's comfort. He didn't answer questions throughly
He seemed rushed and reluctant to spend more time with us discussing our child's situation.
He made sure to consult with my sons other doctor. before making an calls on what should be done. I am very glad he talk to Dr. Fowler about his finding also.
Things that made the visit "a cut above" others: 1.) the pre-visit neurology questionairre, 2.) Dr. Cummings providing us with a business card with contact information, and 3.) The personalized discharge notes from Dr. Cummings The ddischarge chassistant
Dr. Cummings was very child friendly.
we greatly appreciated Dr. Cummins explaining the details of our son's EEG, his medication, and what can so far be deduced about his condition. we left the office feeling far less stressed about Hunter's epilepsy than we've felt since he was diagnosed. thank you Dr. Cummins for taking the time to educate us!
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