General Academic Pediatrics

General Academic Pediatrics provides comprehensive health services, including sick visits and well-child visits, to infants, children, and adolescents throughout the Pittsburgh region at two Primary Care Centers located at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Oakland Medical Building and in Turtle Creek.

At the Primary Care Centers, each child is assigned to a specific doctor or nurse practitioner (primary care provider) who gets to know the child and family, and sees the child for regular health care (checkups, immunizations, etc.). Primary care providers pay attention to how well children are doing medically, develop mentally and socially. Pediatricians on staff provide ongoing, careful supervision to all medical residents and nurse practitioners at the Primary Care Centers.

Services and Availability

  • Regular health care visits: Appointments with the child's regular primary care provider are made in advance for regular health care visits.
  • Unexpected illness or injury: Same-day visits are available for children who are sick or sustain minor injury. The child and family may see someone other than their regular doctor or nurse practitioner during same-day visits. If a child needs other hospital services, this is arranged.
  • Evening and Saturday hours: The Primary Care Center in Oakland is open on some evenings for children whose families cannot come to the center in Oakland during the day because they work, attend school or prefer evening visits. A limited number of regular health care appointments are available in Oakland on Saturdays.
  • Question call-in line: Caregivers can call with questions about their child during normal business hours, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Emergency and after hours: Caregivers can call the main telephone number for emergencies for after hours and holidays.
  • Newborn Follow-up Services
  • Salud Para Niños: A bilingual and bicultural pediatric clinic.


The mission of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics (GAP) is to improve the health and well-being of children, families and communities through high quality patient care, leadership in the education of health care providers, high impact research in common pediatric problems and advocacy in promoting child and family health.


  • Provide evidence-based, family-centered, culturally competent, pediatric primary care to children living in underserved communities.
  • Provide innovative, evidence-based education to medical students, residents, fellows, and allied health professionals.
  • Develop and disseminate high impact research in common pediatric problems, novel treatment approaches, best practices, health outcomes and innovative models of service delivery.
  • Advocate through leadership and partnership in promoting child and family health at hospital, community, regional and national levels.



Clinical Studies

Alejandro Hoberman, MD

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Kristin Hannibal, MD

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Sonika Bhatnagar, MD, MPH

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Aimee Biller, MD

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Debra Bogen, MD

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Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD

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Stacey Cook, MD, PhD

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Sanjay Lambore, MD

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Ana Malinow, MD

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Judith Martin, MD

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Deborah Moss, MD

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Kumaravel Rajakumar, MD, MS

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Kristin Ray, MD

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Evelyn Reis, MD

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Nader Shaikh, MD, MPH

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Timothy Shope, MD, MPH

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Katherine Watson, DO

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  • Children's Primary Care Turtle Creek

    108 Penn Plaza
    Turtle Creek PA, 15145

  • Children's Primary Care Oakland

    3420 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh PA , 15213

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