Laura Kirkpatrick, MD

Laura Kirkpatrick
Resident

Hometown: Rockville, MD

College/Medical School: University of Chicago / Georgetown University

Research Projects: 

  • Qualitative interviews with pediatric neurologists about their attitudes and practices for reproductive healthcare for adolescent  and young adult women with epilepsy
  • Retrospective study on incidence of dystonic reactions with different antidopaminergic agents in “migraine cocktails”
  • Survey of pediatric neurologists about knowledge, attitudes, and practices for reproductive healthcare for adolescent and young adult women with epilepsy
  • Survey of primary care pediatricians and women’s health providers about knowledge, attitudes, and practices for reproductive healthcare for adolescent and young adult women with epilepsy
  • Qualitative interviews with women with epilepsy of childbearing age regarding their reproductive health experiences and preferences
  • Development and testing of a curriculum for PGY-1 pediatric residents on pregnancy options counseling
  • Evaluation of preventable causes of neurologic admissions to the PICU among established neurology patients
  • Survey of pediatric subspecialists regarding sexual and reproductive healthcare for adolescent and young adult women for whom they prescribe teratogenic medication

Career Goals: Considering epilepsy fellowship, with an aim to conduct health services research regarding reproductive healthcare for adolescent and young adult women with epilepsy 

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, swimming, cooking, dining out, and CHILD NEUROLOGY 

Travels/Languages: I speak French, badly.

An Interesting Fact About Yourself: I was born on Halloween.

More About Me: As a native of a very expensive East Coast city, I appreciate that Pittsburgh has everything that I look for in a city in terms of restaurants, museums, entertainment, beautiful parks and nearby wilderness experiences at a very affordable, livable cost. When I was looking at programs, I valued UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for its excellent clinical education, research opportunities, and down-to-earth atmosphere. The program has exceeded my expectation in terms of my learning and professional development, and I continue to be impressed by the incredible supportiveness of the Division of Child Neurology. 

Likes About UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Excellent pediatric and child neurology program with warm, friendly people in a vibrant city.