Division of Child Neurology Welcomes New Faculty Member Katherine Cobb-Pitstick, MD

October 4, 2021

The Division of Child Neurology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is pleased to welcome new faculty member Katherine M. Cobb-Pitstick, MD.

Dr. Cobb-Pitstick began her tenure with the Division as faculty in September after completing a combined pediatric and adult fellowship in headache medicine at UPMC. Dr. Cobb-Pitstick also conducted her pediatric residency (chief child neurology resident during PGY5) and child neurology residency at UPMC Children’s Hospital after completing her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Cobb-Pitstick will split her clinical work between treating pediatric patients in the Division of Child Neurology at UPMC Children’s and attending to adult patients in the Headache Center in the Department of Neurology at UPMC. Her dual role treating both pediatric and adult patients is designed to encourage partnerships in clinical care, education, and research between the two disciplines.

Dr. Cobb-Pitstick has a special interest in medical education, having taught extensively with medical school students and pediatric and neurology residents. Prior work has included developing a curriculum for Child Neurology shelf review for medical students.

Her research interests are focused mainly on headache and accompanying behavioral comorbidities. She has presented numerous posters and abstracts on subjects in headache medicine. She has been the lead author on three studies involving various aspects of migraine (see below for references).

Upon joining the Division of Child Neurology, Dr. Cobb-Pitstick assumed the role of associate director for medical student education.

Select Publications

  • Cobb-Pitstick K, Cummings DD, Zuccoli G. Prolonged Hyperperfusion in a Child With ATP1A2 Defect-Related Hemiplegic Migraine. Can J Neurol Sci. 2020; 00:1-2. doi:10.1017/cjn.2020.83
  • Cobb-Pitstick KM, Munjal N, Safier R, et al. Time Course of Cerebral Perfusion Changes in Children with Migraine with Aura Mimicking Stroke. Am J Neuroradiol. 2018; 39(9) 1751-1755.
  • Cobb-Pitstick KM, Hershey AD, O’Brien HL, et al. Factors Influencing Migraine Recurrence After Infusion and Inpatient Migraine Treatment in Children and Adolescents. Headache. 2015; 55(10): 1397-403.