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MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
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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: 37
Dr. Torok is very knowledgeable she is friendly, and she shows passion with my daughter. My Daughter is very rare and Dr. Torok does a lot of research and makes us feel like her health is her primary goal. She gives great advice on how to handle my daughters disease.
we are always pleased and Dr. Torik is so helpful!!
we traveled from Glide Oregon to see Dr. torok! we were not disappointed!! worth every penny, worth the travel. I only wish our state had a Dr. like her!
She is a great provider.
It was a very good visit. Dr.torok is great and she really makes me feel like she is giving us 100%of her time and really cares. I very much appreciated that.
Dr Torok is an exceptional doctor who really understands her field. We are very thankful to have her as a doctor.
Dr Torok has been a pleasure to work with.
Dr. Torok spent a long time with our family. Not only did she thoroughly examine our son and discuss his case with us, she listened intently and really engaged the child's attention as well. I know that she sees kids who are "sicker" and I really appreciate her time with my child's relatively minor concern.
always a good experience. we travel a long way to see her.
Helped me to get better.
excellent provision of care and true concern for his well being and ours as parents
Wonderful! Can't say enough about Dr. Torok and all of her staff throughout the check in process to check out!
Dr Torok is wonderful!
she is very thorough examining my child and asks a lot of questions. She makes my child's visits not scary and overall it is a good experience for bothe my child and I
The wait time is discouraging. Otherwise, Excellent
Dr. Torok is very good and knowledgeable. questions pertains to nurses don't really apply, there is no intake or anything at this office other than height, weight, and bp. the nurses/assistants don't have any other interactions.
Dr Torok and her staff continue to be a blessing in our lives. She is wonderful with my daughter and explains things to her so she can understand as well.
doctor Torock is excellent
I have never been disappointed with the care that Dr. Torok and her entire team have provided for my son. We drive 4 hours to see her, and it is worth it! This is the best care anywhere!
Our whole family is very happy with this provider! She provides excellent care!
Very nice and knowledgeable.
the waiting time was long
The wait time in the examining room is ALWAYS too long. Usually a minimum of 45 minutes this past visit my husband waited about 1hr and 10 min for my daughter to be seen and that is just too much and its not an isolated incident, you must then allow more time in between visits our time is also valuable and we arent being shown that and its been going on as long as she has been a patient there
We drive 4 hours to see Dr. Torok and it is so worth it! She is excellent!!!! We love her!!!
I have never had a complaint for Dr. Torok since I've started seeing her. She's very understanding of my needs and finds the best solution for me and my needs.
Waiting time for both the appt and lab work was quite lengthy. Otherwise, all was excellent.
My only complaint is the time we waited in the exam room...just shy of 50 minutes, BUT we always receive GREAT care from Dr. Torok so the wait is worth it.
Dr. Torok has always been very friendly and caring while also knowledgeable about my daughter's health and condition.
Great care all the time. Dr. Torok has been a great asset to our daughters well being.
Dr. Torok has been a blessing for our family. She has my daughters well being at the front of everthing.
we are so thankful to have such a great dr. and the nurses are all great but the wait time is always very long!
I'm a physician in a different area of the country and reached out to Dr. Torok specifically due to her experience with my child's rare condition. She was incredibly responsive, thoughtful and clearly expressed a strong desire and interest in helping and offering her advice and support. We traveled across the country for an office visit and we were literally in the office for close to 3 hours. No RVU will ever reflect that time, yet it was incredibly valuable to us and to my daughter's care. I can't thank Dr. Torok enough for her time, thoughts, input, and for the wonderful care she has provided for us in this difficult and stressful time. We felt the long cross-country trip was well worth it.
We had a good experience. When we go a Childrens Hospital we realize that things do not run on time. The Doctors have always given us wonderful service as fast as possible.
Everyone was very professional and friendly. From Dr Torok to her fellow to Jeanne, all were excellen.
Children's Hospital Staff and efficient and friendly. The atmosphere is not dreary like most hospitals.
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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