Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency

Our accredited NDD program was started in 2002 by the late Michael J. Painter, MD, and is one of only 8 Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) residency training programs in the United States. The division and hospital have a long tradition of training outstanding physicians, making UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh an excellent site for NDD training. Our program has several main themes that will provide you with the educational and clinical training necessary for you to become part of a growing medical specialty aimed to treat children with a holistic perspective.

The NDD program is closely linked to the Division of Child Neurology, Developmental Medicine at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These partnerships provide a large number of clinical training sites, specialized services in both hospital and outpatient settings, and affords a large and diverse faculty. Clinical training provides exposure to a wide variety of clinical disciplines as well as developmental neuroscience and research through a mentored scholarly project.

Program Overview

We accept up to one Neurodevelopmental Disabilities resident each year for a combined 6-year training program with Pediatrics that leads to board eligibility.

Why NDD?

Our NDD residents have more in-depth exposure to caring for patients with developmental disabilities, including autism, intellectual disability, metabolic and genetic conditions, and those with concurrent CNS and neuromuscular conditions

How to Apply

Apply for combined Pediatrics and NDD using ERAS and matches will be made through the NRMP.


View a list of our faculty affiliated with the NDD residency program.

Program Alumni

Meet graduates of our NDD residency program.

Contact Us

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