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Specialty:

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Sub Specialty:
Neurosurgery

Hospital Affiliation(s):
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
UPMC Altoona

Language Spoken:
French
Spanish

Patient Satisfaction Ratings:
4.8 Stars
50 Patient
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LOCATION(S):

UPP - Department of Neurological Surgery
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Ave.
2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Office Phone:
(412) 692-5090
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BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:


Education:

MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Residency:
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Office of House Staff Affairs,
Iowa City, IA


Fellowships:
University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON Canada

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble,
La Tronche, France



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September 09, 2019

very patient and kind. he spoke directly to my daughter which I liked. explained things good

September 09, 2019

Dr. Able explained her upcoming surgery in great detail made me feel very confident and comfortable with him and the upcoming surgery.

September 06, 2019

professional and caring

July 15, 2019

From the minute we entered the building everyone was more than helpful, polite and friendly. Dr. Abel and his staff were exceptional!!! We were given the option to have my daughters MRI done at a closer facility to our home, but my daughter wants to return to Dr. Abel's office because of her excellent experience there!! Thank you! I was VERY nervous about travel, finding the location and for the appointment in general. I have absolutely zero concerns now.

July 01, 2019

Dr Abel is very knowledgeable and just the right amount of cautious and reasonable about follow up and monitoring.

June 10, 2019

He recommend another specialist for her other health problems since it wasn't his field and he wanted the best care for her.

June 03, 2019

Dr. Abel provided exemplary care and concern for my son. He answered our questions and listened patiently and attentively to everything we had to say. Beyond that he informed us that while, as a neurosurgeon, there was one important aspect related to my son's condition that he could assess and rule out immediately, it made sense for us to see a pediatric surgeon who was more qualified to give a more complete diagnosis and examination. Dr. Abel then called a pediatric surgeon on the next floor and arranged for us to see him then. We were impressed with the doctor, with his assistant, Juana, and with Children's Hospital in general.

May 13, 2019

I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Abel. I am confident in his abilities, and if anyone is going to perform surgery on my baby, I'm glad it's Dr. Abel.

May 13, 2019

Our child was recently adopted from China and the doctor took time to explain her condition to us and to look at information we had from China. We were happy with the experience.

May 03, 2019

great provider, but some things were hard for me to understand