Newsmaker: Dr. Miya Asato
Noteworthy: Asato recently won the Dr. Philip Troen Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Asato emerged from a field of 150 faculty mentors to win. She has mentored about 10 students over the past six years.
Residence: Point Breeze
Family: Husband, George Childs; two children, Laura and Sam
Occupation: Asato is an associate professor of pediatrics and an attending physician in child neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. She is program director of the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency and co-director of the Child Neurology Residency at the hospital.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in Boston in 1987; medical degree in 1995 at the former Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia
Background: Having grown up in the Princeton area of New Jersey, Asato worked as an occupational therapist before delving into medicine. She has worked at Children’s Hospital for about 20 years.
Quote: “The next best thing to taking care of my patients and families is to mentor the next generation of physicians. Child neurology is a very small specialty despite patient and family needs in the community, so mentoring physicians to become leaders in this field is one of my personal missions.”