Paola Pergami, M.D., Ph.D.

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Board Certification: Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology

Medical School: University of Pavia Italy

Residency: WVU, fellowship UPMC

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Special Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatric stroke, spasticity treatment and rehabilitation. Mechanism of brain recovery.

Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?

Interest in research would be a plus.

What does a typical day in the life of a Child Neurologist include?

Sometimes complex cases for which is difficult to find an answer.

What is the biggest challenge of being a Clinical researcher?

Balancing time between patient's care and research.

How do you foresee pediatric neurology changing over the next 20 years?

Sub-specialization will become more important.

What advice would you give a student who is considering a Neurology/child neurology residency?

Consider the need for a fellowship (two more years of training) down the road.