Background

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. She is involved in the implementation of a neurology clinic where care will be provided in Spanish.

Dr. McDonnell is also Medical Co-Director of the Department of Global Medicine at CHOP.

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.

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.”

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Child Neurology - Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY 
Pediatrics - Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

Clinical Neurophysiology - Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 

Board Certification

Epilepsy
Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology

Graduate Degree

MS in Physiology and Biophysics - Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Medical Co-Director, Global Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2016

McDonnell, Pamela Pojomovsky and Dougherty, Michelle. Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy. Practical Neurology, March 2016:46-8.

Books

Pamela Pojomovsky McDonnell, edited by Maria Rodriguez. Original authors Christina Bergqvist et al.: El manual de la Dieta Cetogenica (Spanish translation of the Ketogenic Diet Manual). The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Department of Neurology 2017.

Awards and Honors

2015, American Epilepsy Society - Fellows Program/AES
2015, American Academy of Neurology Anual Meeting Resident Scholarship Program/ AAN

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2014-present, Child Neurology Society
2014-present, American Epilepsy Society
2012-present, American Academy of Neurology