Sara C. Hamel, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Hamel is a Developmental/Behavioral pediatrician who sees patients in the Child Development Unit at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hamel grew up near Cincinnati Ohio, and attended medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She did both a transitional year and a pediatric residency at Cook County Hospital in Chilcago. She did her fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York and worked in the Bronx before coming to Pittsburgh. Dr. Hamel has worked at Children's for over twenty-five years and has enjoyed the pleasure of serving the community here in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Her main interests are in children with developmental and behavioral concerns, including autism, ADHD, and a variety of other conditions. She enjoys providing care and support for these children and their families. Dr. Hamel also coordinated the training program for the Child Development Unit.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 1987-Present 
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 1993-1998 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1993-1999 
  • Nomination Committee for Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 1995-1996 

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, Denison University, 1978
  • MD, Northwestern University, 1982
  • Transitional Internship, Cook County Hospital, 1982-1983
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Cook County Hospital, 1983-1986
  • Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1987-1990

Selected Publications

Richardson GA, Hamel SC, Goldschmidt L, Day NL. Growth of infants prenatally exposed to cocaine/crack: Comparison of a prenatal care and a no prenatal care sample Pediatrics,, 1999

Richardson GA, Hamel SC, Goldschmidt L, Day NL. The effects of prenatal cocaine use on neonatal neurobehavioral status. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 1996, 18:519-528

Hofkosh D, Pringle JL, Wald HP, Switala J, Hinderliter SA, Hamel SC. Early interactions among drug involved mothers and infants: Within group differences. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 1995, 149:665-672

Neuspiel DR, Hamel SC. Substance use and postpartum psychiatric symptoms. Psychol Rep, 1992; 70:51-56

Neuspiel DR, Hamel SC, Hochberg E, Greene J, Campbell D. Maternal cocaine use and infant behavior. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 1991; 13:229-233.

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