NDRD Program Doctors and Staff

The director of the NDRD program, Dr. Maria Escolar, is an internationally known practicing clinician and researcher. Other staff members include a geneticist, a child development specialist, a speech therapist, a physical therapist, an audiologist, a research manager, epidemiologist and statistician, a program administrator, a research associate and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Maria Escolar, MD, MS

Director, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Associate 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

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

Patient Coordinator
Brie Yanniello

Assistant to Dr. Escolar
Sarah Klotz

Research Team

Regulatory and Data Management
Michele Poe, PhD

Clinical Research Fellows
Mabel Lopez, MD
Ecenur Tuc, MD

Clinical Research Coordinators
Dawn Kolar
Jodi Martin, lead coordinator
Dhaivat Shah

Neuroimaging
Melissa Greco, coordinator
Keith Werling, PhD

Research Administrative Associate
Jeff Rowland