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MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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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: 41
She takes her time explaining complicated medical issues and examining our daughter. She is very thorough and makes us feel like we are in expert hands.
Dr. Torok has been my care provider for over 7 years now in regards to my condition. She truly is the best care provider for my condition as well as others in the rheumatologist department of conditions. she has passion for her work and her patients. she has an undeniable quality of helping each patient feel comfortable and safe. I am so honored to have worked with her over the past 8 years.
Excellent provider, very thorough and takes her time. Never rushed.
DR TOROK RESPONDS TO MY CALL VERY QUICKLY. SHE EXPLAINS EVERYTHING THOROUGHLY. SHE LISTENS TO EVERYTHING I SAY AND GIVES ME THE BEST ADVICE AND INFORMATION. I APPRECIATE HER A LOT!!
This provider has worked with me over a 5 year period. She and those that work alongside her have familiarized themselves with the case to the point that I feel most comfortable that they have examined every detail necessary. They are intelligent, thorough, cautious, and kind. I am very pleased with my experience every visit and believe they should be acknowledge for their above and beyond duties.
wonderful doctor that has helped me on everything that other doctors couldn't
Dr. Torok was so thorough in both her exam and explanation of my daughter's condition. it definitely made the 6 hour drive worth it!
Dr. Tirol was so thorough in both her exam and explaination. it was definitely worth the 6 hour drive to see her!
The provider was great with my teenager and answered all of our questions. The office was very helpful in finding an appointment when they fit our schedule when we told them we had to come 1 1/2 hrs to get there.
always have a great experience when coming here.
Dr. Torok is extremely knowledgeable and personable. We see her a few times a year but she makes it seem like she has known our daughter and family forever.
The doctor is kind and has a good rapport with my child.
Dr. Torok took the time to go over everything related to my daughter's chronic disease.
Dr. Torok spent a tremendous amount of time with us, was incredibly helpful, and has been a vital help with my chronically ill child.
We like Dr. Torok and my daughter loves her. Also - Dr. Daniel Graves (I believe that was his name) came in first. I believe he's a resident? He was wonderful and my daughter really liked him.
I love the time that Dr. Torok takes during an appointment. It doesn't feel rushed. She listens to all concerns. She talks directly to my child about concerns or issues. I am pleased with the care she is receiving from Dr. Torok.
Doctor Torok is wonderful with both my child and my spouse and I. we always feel appreciated and welcome when we bring our child, and my child feels safe with her. she goes far beyond to help us understand our child's health condition, considering we are international patients.
We came in from out of state. The staff did a great job communicating what we needed to bring, and getting us in to see Dr. Torok timely. Dr. Torok came in on an off clinical day to see him, and spent a good deal of time with him. We were very pleased with the experience. The only constructive feedback I might have is that we waited for quite awhile. But since we were taken on a day that Dr. Torok didn't normally see patients, I don't think we have much to complain about.
Dr. Torok was very thorough and informative. We felt very comfortable with her and confident in her knowledge.
Dr.Torok always always provides great medical care and seems to always be on top of the latest information.
My daughter has been a patient with this practice for nearly 12 years and we have never had any issues. Dr. Torok is wonderful!
nice hospital, people and staff very helpful, care provider is excellent, my dother likes her.
it was very good, we however waited an hour past our appointment time to see the provider which was frustrating.
Always very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful
Dr. Torok is always kind and attentive to my daughter. She asks her personal questions about what is going on in her life as well as her health. She is an excellent provider. We are so fortunate to be in her practice.
love Dr. Torok. she saved my child.
good experience care provider
Dr Torok is an exceptional doctor who really knows her stuff
We are more than please with Dr. Torok's knowledge, experience and bed side manner. I am very thankful that she will be treating our son and feel that we are in the best hands possible for our son's condition.
My daughter loves Dr. Torok.
The staff in the Rheumatology department were all friendly and great.
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.
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