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Specialty:

Pediatrics
Neurology

Secondary Specialty:

Neurology (pediatric)

Board Certifications:

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Education:

MD, Sackler School of Medicine Tel Aviv, Israel

Residency:

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Affiliations:

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Robert A Safier, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Neurology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Biography

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Biography Summary

Dr. Robert Safier joined the University of Pittsburgh in September 2005 to serve as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology in the Division of Child Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in 1991. He received his M.D. degree from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1999. This opportunity to learn medicine in a non-US setting served to strengthen his interest in diverse patient populations and cultures and to help him appreciate varying medical care delivery systems. He completed his training in Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, OH in 2002. At the completion of his Pediatric Residency, he was awarded the resident Good Fellow Award, which is selected by junior residents for being an outstanding senior resident for dedication and service towards his colleagues. He completed his training in Child Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2005. During his final year, he was awarded the Child Neurology Society Outstanding Junior Member Award, which is chosen by the Scientific Selection Committee as an outstanding junior member presenting an abstract. Dr. Safier had two abstracts presented during that annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA in 2005.

Dr. Safier is highly skilled as an educator and is the Director of Medical Student Education for the Division of Child Neurology. As both Clinical Neurosciences Child Neurology Clerkship Director and as Child Neurology elective Course Director he is committed to teaching and mentoring medical students. On the graduate medical education level, Dr. Safier is involved in the clinical education of child neurology residents. As an active member on the Child Neurology Education Committee, he developed new Clinical Neurosciences Clerkship structures within the Division of Child Neurology. His mentorship directly influenced medical students to choose the field of child neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and nationally.

Dr. Safier is recognized as an excellent general clinical child neurologist and regularly receives high praises from his patients and their families. His main research interest is studying the clinical and radiological presentation of hemiplegic migraine of childhood to better understand the pathophysiology. Since July 2005, Dr. Safier serves one day a week as the staff neurologist at Polk State Home, a campus for adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Safier has been a leader in various clinical quality improvement projects within the Division of Child Neurology and at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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