Christina Szperka, MD

Christina Szperka, MD, is director of the Pediatric Headache Program, an attending neurologist and is board-certified in headache medicine. She is dedicated to improving treatment for children with headaches.

Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Christina Szperka, MD, has been interested in the treatment of chronic pain since she was an undergraduate at Amherst College, Amherst, MA, and focused on pediatric pain while pursuing her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

    Dr. Szperka completed residencies in pediatrics and child neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, and a fellowship in headache medicine at The Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She is board certified in Headache Medicine.

    Dr. Szperka divides her time between patient care and projects aimed at improving the treatment of children with headaches across CHOP and beyond. She recently received a grant to develop a Pediatric Headache Registry at CHOP so we can use the information gathered about current patients to improve headache care in the future. In 2013, she was named director of the newly-formed Pediatric Headache Program.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

    Internship

    Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Child Neurology - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Pediatrics

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Director, Pediatric Headache Program

    Instructor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications

    Papers

    2014

    Carrie O. Dougherty, Michael J. Marmura, Zuhal Ergonul, Larry Charleston, and Christina L. Szperka: Emergency and Inpatient Treatment of Migraine: An American Headache Society Survey. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 4(20): 3800-3813, 2014.  

    Posters and Presentations

    2014

    Erin M. Bange, Robert Rennie, Patti-Ann Betts, PharmD, Christina Szperka, MD: Cardiac Side Effects of Dihydroergotamine. American Academy of Neurology Meeting 2014.