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Maria Escolar, MD, MS

Department of Pediatrics, Medical Genetics
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue, Floor 3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Dr. Escolar is board-certified in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has 15 years of experience as a practicing clinician and researcher. Dr. Escolar has authored multiple original manuscripts, including two New England Journal of Medicine articles. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in neurodevelopment of children with leukodystrophies and mucopolysaccharidosis. Her research focuses on behavioral and neuroimaging outcome measurements.

After receiving her medical degree in her native Colombia in 1986, Dr. Escolar came to the United States to complete a master’s degree in nutrition at Columbia University in New York. She went on to complete a residency in pediatrics in 1993 and a fellowship in child development and behavioral pediatrics in 1995 at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Escolar focuses on two types of inherited brain disorders caused by faulty genes – Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) and Leukodystrophy.  She is Dr. actively involved in research on the of these diseases.


Representative Publications:

Treatment of Brain Disease in the Mucopolysaccharidoses

Developmental and Behavioral Aspects of Mucopolysaccharidoses With Brain Manifestations – Neurological Signs and Symptoms

Parent Experiences of Sanfilippo Syndrome Impact and Unmet Treatment Needs: A Qualitative Assessment

Therapy Development for the Mucopolysaccharidoses: Updated Consensus Recommendations for Neuropsychological Endpoints

Natural History of Sanfilippo Syndrome Type A



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