Maria Luisa Escolar, MD, MS

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Director, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Specialty:

Neurology
Neurology (pediatric)

Secondary Specialty:

Developmental Pediatrics

Board Certifications:

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Education:

Escuela Colombia De Medicina
Santefe De Bogata,

Residency:

Cornell Medical Center Hospitals
New York, NY

Fellowships:

Cornell Medical Center Hospitals
New York, NY

Affiliations:

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Languages:

Spanish
Portuguese

Biography

Research Interests

  • Research in Krabbe disease
  • Natural History Study of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (Krabbe Disease)
  • DTI as a Tool to Identify Infants with Krabbe Disease in Need of Urgent Treatment

View Dr. Escolar's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

The NDRD was established in 2002 because of the need of help children and their families understand the overall impact of rare neurological diseases in child development. Dr. Escolar is a graduate of the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina. She has a master's of science in human nutrition from Columbia University and completed a residency in general pediatrics and fellowship in child development and behavior at Cornell University Medical Center in 1995.

Dr. Escolar is board-certified in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has 15 years of experience as a practicing clinician and researcher. Dr. Escolar has authored multiple original manuscripts, including two New England Journal of Medicine articles. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in neurodevelopment of children with leukodystrophies and mucopolysaccharidosis. Her research focuses on behavioral and neuroimaging outcome measurements.

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Locations and Directions

  • Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

    4401 Penn Ave.
    Plaza Building, Floor 4
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    (412) 692-9955