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Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineHershey, PA
University of Pittsburgh Medical SchoolPittsburgh, PA
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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Kathryn Torok, MD, began her career in Pediatric Rheumatology as a Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2006. Upon completion of her fellowship, she started as an Instructor in the Division of Rheumatology Pittsburgh in July 2009, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in July 2010. She helped create, implement, and now serves as director of the CHP Scleroderma Clinic which provides treatment for children with localized and systemic scleroderma (LS and ScS).
Along with treating patients, Dr. Torok has been involved in a multitude of research projects including serving as principle investigator and coordinator of the National Registry for Childhood Onset Scleroderma. The registry serves as a national resource of longitudinal data on pediatric patients with this disease and spurs Dr. Torok’s mission to directly stimulate new research and investigations with this patient population. In addition to the registry, Dr. Torok is involved in the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Research Alliance Network (CARRANet), a North American organization of pediatric rheumatologists who are committed to advancing the health and quality of life of children living with rheumatic disease and arthritis and who have joined together to answer critical clinical research questions. She has initiated and participated in a number of studies to further evaluate disease activity measurement in pediatric localized scleroderma, by studying clinical, thermal and ultrasonography measures.
Currently, Dr. Torok’s main research interest is the T-helper cell cytokine profile of patients with localized scleroderma. Her NIH funded project represents the first study to evaluate all three Th cell lineages in LS by measuring their associated cytokines in serum and skin biopsies of patients. Effective anti-cytokine therapies for LS may stem from this proposal, modifying the way clinicians treat this disease and potentially saving children from life-long physical and emotional disability.
Dr. Torok’s long-term research goal is to provide better treatment options for LS by targeting cytokines and other factors associated with the active phase of the disease, to minimize or prevent long-term tissue damage.
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Total Comments: 16
Have never had our other children to a better physician or staff than we see with Dr. Torok at UPMC.
Dr. Torok was beyond wonderful ! She is what you would want every doctor to be like ! Thank you Dr. Torok for your absolute excellent care !
We love our check ups with Dr. Torok. She takes all of our questions into consideration and always answers in a way that we understand. She is cautious with our daughters medication so that when we make a change we know it is the best time for it. She remembers our family and always asks questions that make us feel like we aren't just another patient. We appreciate her care and concern for our child. I love that when my daughter has a good check up, I can tell by her expressions how genuinely happy she is with the results. We appreciate her so much!
We love Dr Torok and her staff. Always top notch
Dr. Torok, is the best!!! So glad she was around 4 1/2 years ago to diagnose my daughter
she was wonderful. really took her time and explained things very well. I am glad we'll be seeing her from now on.
Dr. Torok always explains things in a way that is easy to understand. She is more than willing to answer any and all questions that we have, which is usually many!
My daughter and I love Dr. Torok......she is awesome!!!!!
My child and I both like Dr. Torak a lot and feel that she always listens to us and wants the best for my child. She made sure to order blood work and make suggestions to improve my child's quality of life regarding his pain management and referred us to genetics . My child feels comfortable talking with her and likes her and that makes me happy since he has had other doctors that he hasn't felt comfortable with at Childrens in the past in other departments. We both trust her and that is important.
Everyone is always super friendly with parents and children.
Shes so kind and makes me feel more at ease with my daughters condition!she always takes the time to find out my daughters hobbies and makes my daughter feel very important.
Dr. Torok is an excellent Doctor and a caring person.
We've been seeing Dr. Torok for a little over a year now. She is always very attentive and friendly as well.
Dr. Torok was incredible. She answered all our questions, thoroughly explained everything to us about the disease my daughter has and how she was going to care for it.
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