Join us for an educational session with Dr. Pamela Pojomovsky McDonnell, MD, pediatric neurologist, Cure GABA-A’s Recommended Physicians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Pamela Pojomovsky McDonnell, MD, is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She specializes in helping children with epilepsy. Dr. McDonnell had a personal reason for choosing her specialty.
“My sister had epilepsy when she was a child, which made me want to help children and families with neurologic conditions,” she says. “I later developed an interest in science and particularly in how the brain works.” She notes that although epilepsy affects just 1% of the population, it’s morbidity is quite high. Fortunately, many tools are available to help control the disorder. A native of Argentina, Dr. McDonnell enjoys working with Spanish speakers who may otherwise have trouble accessing appropriate care due to language barriers. Along with her clinical work, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. McDonnell is enthusiastic about new developments in genetics that may one day allow doctors to predict the course of epilepsy and target treatments accordingly. She is a member of the Epilepsy Neurogenetics Initiative (ENGIN) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she evalutes all children with neurodevelopmental disorders with or without epilepsy but she has a specific focus in children with pathogenic variants in the SLC6A1 gene and works closely with the SLC6A1 Connect group.
When caring for children, Dr. McDonnell is reminded of her sister and the comfort of knowing medical professionals were helping to manage her epilepsy. “I am always inspired by the doctors that helped our family,” she says. “And as your doctor, I care about your child and your family as if they were my own. I hope that is an experience that can be taken from every visit at CHOP.”
Join Cure GABA-A and Dr. Pamela Pojomovsky McDonnell on 2/15 at 8:45-9:45 PST for an educational and insightful session.
If you are unable to attend in person, rest assured – the session will be recorded and made available on the Cure GABA-A YouTube channel for your convenience.
Join us in our shared mission to enhance the lives of patients with GABA-A Variants and contribute to a brighter future.