Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nathan E. Kegel, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Program Director, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Fellowship

Education & Training

  • BS, University of Pittsburgh
  • MSEd, Duquesne University
  • PhD, Duquesne University
  • Fellowship: Neuropsychology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program

Representative Publications

  1. Trbovich, AM, Fazio-Sumrok, V, Preszler, J, Shaffer, MA, Kegel, N, Collins, MW, Kontos, AP. (2023). Discriminating concussed from controls among 5-9 year olds with the SCAT5 Child. Journal of Pediatrics
  2. Trbovich AM, Mucha A, Eagle S, Mehmel BM, Kegel N, Fazio-Sumrok V, Collins MW, Kontos A (2022). The Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening tool-child (VOMS-C) for concussion evaluation in 5- to 9-year-old pediatric patients: preliminary evidence. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics
  3. Eagle SR, Collins M, Manderino L, Kegel N, Fazio-Sumrok V, Mucha A, Kontos AP (2022). Characteristics of concussion subtypes from a multidomain assessment. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics.
  4. Gillie B, Eagle SR, Trbovich A, Vazio V, Kegel N, Collins MW, Kontos AP (2020). Clinical predictors of Post-injury Anxiety in Adolescent Patients following Concussion. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. 
  5. Eagle SR, Puligilla A, Fazio-Sumrok V, Kegel N, Collins MW, Kontos AP. (2020) Association of time to initial clinic visit with prolonged recovery in pediatric patients with concussion. Journal of Neurosurgery- Pediatrics. 
  6. Kontos AP, Elbin RJ, Sufrinko A, Womble M, Said A, Fazio-Sumrok V, French J, Kegel N, Puskar A, Sherry N, Holland C, & Collins MW (2020). A new concussion Clinical Profiles Screening (CP-Screen) Tool: Preliminary evidence. Neurosurgery. 87(2), 348-356. 
  7. Linsenmeyer M, Combs J, Kegel NE, Franzese K (2020). Chiari malformation in the concussion clinic: Diagnosis and management of confounding and overlapping symptoms – A clinical vignette. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  8. Sufrinko, A, Kegel, N, Mucha, A, Collins, M, & Kontos, A.P (2019). History of high motion sickness susceptibility predicts vestibular dysfunction following sport/recreation-related concussion. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 29(4), 318-323.
  9. Kontos, AP, Sufrinko, AS, Womble, M, & Kegel, N. (2016). Neuropsychological Assessment Following Concussion: An Evidence-based Review of the Role of Neuropsychological Assessment Pre- and Post-Concussion. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 20(6):38.
  10. Elbin, RJ, Knox, J, Kegel, N, Lowder, HB, French, J, Burkhart, S, Collins, MW, & Kontos, AP. (2016). Assessing Concussion Symptoms in Adolescent Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion: A Comparison of Four Different Approaches. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. 5(4):294-302
  11. Elbin, RJ, Kontos, AP, Kegel, N, Johnson, E, Burkhart, S, & Schatz, P. (2013). Individual and Combined Effects of LD and ADHD on Computerized Neurocognitive Concussion Test Performance: Evidence for Separate Norms. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28(5), 476-484.
  12. Sandel, N, Lovell, M, Kegel, N, Collins, M, & Kontos, A. (2012). The relationship of symptoms and neurocognitive performance to perceived recovery from sports-related concussion in adolescent athletes. Applied Neuropsychology Child, 0, 1-6.

Research Interests

1. Use of neuropsychological testing in assessment and management of sports-related concussion

2. Development of neurocognitive assessment methods for pediatric population

3. Risk factors related to protracted recovery from concussion (e.g. migraine, motionsensitivity, occurrence and timing of repeated concussion)

4. Usefulness and efficacy of academic accommodations following concussion