Dr. Mark Diamond

Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, PA
48 years experience male

Locations

Office

Pittsburgh, PA

Address

4411 Stilley Rd, Pittsburgh, PA
Directions

Insurances accepted

UPMC Health Plan

UnitedHealth Group

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About

Bio

I have been practicing for 35 years in a large group of pediatricians.In addition I am active as Chairman of the Children's Community Pediatrics (CCP) Community Relations Committee, Allegheny County Immunization Coalition Executive Committee, and the Penna. State Immunization Education Program. I am a proud Grandpa and am active in my community as a speaker and educator.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It Depends: The answer absolutely depends upon the preparation and which medication. Some meds are able to be sprinkled. Some cannot. Some can not be crushed. Thi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No Reason Why Not..: No reason why not as long as the baby has room to move around comfortably. And of course, he equipmnt needs to be absolutely safe.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes But...: See dr kwok's response. But keep in mind that the type of mercury ( and there safe and not safe types) in the shot has been demonstrated in many, many... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: A proven safe , effective vaccine vs a life threatening disease? Should there really be a question here?
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Absolutely NOT: But it is possible for one's immune system to react with overall symptoms including fatigue, achiness, and fever. These symptoms are still safer than ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Stay Away: The best answer is to avoid close contact were droplets from our breathing comes in contact with the other person. Also good handwashing helps. But av... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Although this behavior may be a side effect of the medicine, it will quickly disappear when the medicine is stopped.Thus not to worry.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: It is possible for any cause of skin scratching to scar. Each person has individual variability in that regard. Simple anti-itching methods such as ba... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Emphatically No: The old notion of exposing children at an early age to chicken pox is fine as long as the child does not suffer from any of the very serious , albeit ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Of Course You Are!!: Any vaccine preventable disease is more likely in someone who is exposed to it when not protected by immunizations.That is why millions of people have... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Deadly side Effects: The ama does not endorse chelation therapy for behavioral issues because of potentially horrible side effects including death. There is no sound evide... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Evaluation: More and more is being learned about concussions. Obvious symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, pain upon light exposure.And headaches... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Heart Failure: Mostly we may treat coarctation because it often puts a severe strain on the heart muscle, which can lead to permanent heart damage and even death. Th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Unless an orthodontic device is employed. There is no known behavioral modification to prevent this condition( or medication).
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Generally they can model what they see and by that age, what they are taught. Remember that true training probably does not occur until the child can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Generally NO: Unless the vsd is huge, there is very little likelihood of congestive heart failure. A pediatric cardiologist can make a very accurate assassment of t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Usually not: In kids, there usually is a certain amount of sibling rivalry and competitiveness.I allow no slack for physical altercations, holding both kids respon... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Impossible unless that person also has an RSV infection.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Thru the Air: Strep is a contagious disease and spreads thru close respiratory contacts.Avoidance and good handwashing may help minimize the spread.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Nothing Known: The specific causes of pyloric stenosis are unknown-so no guilt here.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: If ivh is intraventricular bleeding, there is no dietary supplement or food that has been demonstrated to prevent the problem. Discuss firther options... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
See a Specialist: When a child has a very complex set of problems, seeing a specialist, a doctor qualified through education, training and experience, is the best cours... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Don't Know Yet: Altho it "sounds" better, there is no research proving an organic diet is better. We will see...
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Often: If we are totally satisfied with their safety, yes.But we also need to believe that they may help as most products have no scientific proof of effecti... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
A new TipTap: As my collegues point out, children communicate as best they are able.And sometimes the innate behavior is a tantrum. Hese are done to obtain a goal w... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem suc... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Should They??: To my knowledge there is no training program teaching a chiropractor how to safely perform manipulations on babies. There is no supportive data that i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Sure: The american academy of pediatrics has recommended limited or no tv under 2 years old. There are many many better ways to stimulate your baby's develo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Very!!: Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer tha... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
People usually: The vast majority of strep throat cases are spread in people to people contacts thru respiratory droplets. Animals hve been implicated rarely as have ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Currently there are no known connections.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
6 mos old: Flu vaccine has past muster in research trials for children 6 mos and older. In the near future, trials are studying whether it can be given even you... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Maybe: If your asthma is triggered by allergic materials which are seasonal, and your symptoms are seasonal only, the singulair (montelukast) taken daily in ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes,Yes and No: Rheumatic fever is a possible consequence of untreated strep throat. An anaphylactic reaction is a severe allergic response and not related to the oth... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Yes, but only by not being exposed or avoiding exposure. Good handwashing and staying away from people with strep are the only prevention measures tha... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Herpes and chicken pox are totally different infectious agents.Bilogically, they are related, but are not the same.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Usually 1-2 days: If the infection is an uncomplicated strep throat and you are on appropriate antibiotcs, 24-48 hours from initiation of the medication.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It Might: It might, particularly thru relief of the pain and muscle spasm.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
SMALL ONES: Generally very mild such as soreness or fever. The risks are far, far, far outweighed by the benefit in preventing the diseases.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Antibiotics: A timely course of appropriate antibiotics is necessary to treat strep and prevent potentially serious heart, kidney, skin and other problems.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Immunize: Mumps virus is reasonably preventabe by receiving the proper doses of vaccine. This vaccine has decades of proven safety and efficacy.Keep in mind, i... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils with a number of possible causes. Without tonsils, this can not happen, unless the surgery did not remove e... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
NEVER: Do not be misled by riduclous claims such as this. See a qualified doctor for proper therapy!
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Viral Illness: This is caused by a virus which spreads primarily thru respiratory droplets., .
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: The mite which secretes the agent causing the reaction is contagious.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Unfortunately: As many as 1 out of 2000 infected people may die from measles infections which can cause serious pneumonia or encephalitis ( a brain infection). This ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Probably Never: Influenza cases are present in most areas year round, so it is probably never too late.There are times of year when influenza is more prevalent, but e... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Although research is under way, there is currently no vaccination that prevents strept throat.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trau... Read More
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Testimonials
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Nov 2, 2012
Dr. Diamond provides thoughtful answers that reflect both his wealth of experience and the kind and caring manner that have made him one of the most well-respected pediatricians in his community.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Nov 2, 2012
Dr. Diamond is a very knowledgeable pediatrician with many years of practical experience, which shows in his thoughtful and to-the-point responses.
Sep 28, 2013
Intelligent, respected expert. Great answers. Outstanding contributions to Health Tap. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
Thanks. I took him to a dr to rule out bowel obstruction. He is fine but a little backed up. She gave me a rx for mineral oil. She said it will help soften his stool. She also said that pedialax is ok...Read More
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I hear your point. Interestingly folks reccomens one keeps the room at 68 degree for infant so perhaps that's why some use sleep sac. I was specifically wondering if it's ok to let my 2 year old sleep...Read More
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Thanks! I will definitely not skip any of her shots! The mild pain and discomfort she feels now is well worth it in the end! Much better than getting one of the horrible diseases vaccines are meant to...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH OF UPMC
Completed 1978

Awards

Healthtap 2013 Top Pediatrician in Pennsylvania
Mermelstein award for General Pediatrics
Top Doctor, Third Place, Pittsburgh, PA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Children's Community Pediatrics
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