NDRD Program Doctors and Staff

Dr. Maria Escolar founded the Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders (NDRD) in 2000. She is known nationally and internationally for her groundbreaking work on assessing neurobehavioral outcomes of patients treated for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Escolar has built a multidisciplinary full-time team that plays a crucial role in ensuring that all clinical, research, and educational activities run smoothly.

To make an appointment or inquire about the program, please call 412-692-6350.

Maria Escolar, MD, MS

Founder and Director, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Deepa Soundara Rajan, MD

Clinical Director, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Clinical Services

Nurse Practitioners
Christina Dunbar, CRNP
Hannah Roach, CRNP

Program Coordinator
Brie Yanniello

Physical Therapists
Kelly Bossola, MSPT, PCS
Shannon Spady, MPT

Speech Language Pathologists
Allison Baggiano, MS, CCC-SLP
Lynn Golightly, MS, CCC-SLP
Colleen Lyons, MS, CCC-SLP 

Research Team

Regulatory and Data Management
Michele Poe, PhD
Elizabeth Debich, data entry

Clinical Research Fellows
Ecenur Tuc, MD

Biorepository
David Kim, lab technician

Clinical Research Coordinators
Alexandria Falcon-Assadian
Dawn Kolar
Laura Mathews
Jodi Martin, lead coordinator
Dhaivat Shah
Xiao Hui Wang, regulatory coordinator

Neuroimaging
Melissa Greco, coordinator
Ryan Dibble, research assistant
Alan Lee, research assistant
Keith Werling, PhD

Research Administrative Associate
Jeff Rowland

Administrative Team

Assistant to Dr. Escolar
Sarah Klotz

Research Administrative Associate
Jeff Rowland