Penn State Health Physician Recognized as “Everyday Hero” By Pennsylvania Medical Society

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2022

Gayatra Mainali, MD, Pediatric Neurologist at the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Medical Society as an Everyday Hero Award winner.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Mainali said “This award is an inspiration for me to be a better physician and person. It reflects the teamwork in the Division of Pediatric Neurology which includes hard working nurses, admins, and care coordinators. I am accepting this on behalf of all of us as ‘Everyday Heroes’”.

Dr. Mainali says she joined Penn State Health to continue to grow in her position as a doctor and educator saying she enjoys teaching and learning from medical students and residents.

“As a clinician, I see a variety of patients with various neurological needs. My special interest is in pediatric stroke and working to establish a pediatric stroke program at Penn State. I enjoy working as a team with medical providers and families, who I involve in making decisions in the best interest of their child.”

Dr. Mainali joined Penn State Health in 2013 after completing her Pediatric Neurology fellowship. She received her medical degree at Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Nepal and finished her pediatric residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York and her pediatric neurology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. She has also been published in various peer-reviewed journals and given talks regionally and nationally.

She currently lives in Dauphin County with her husband and two children.

PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award, launched in 2018, is designed to showcase talented physicians who go above and beyond in their profession and in providing patient care.

Patients and medical colleagues can nominate PAMED member physicians for this award at


Media Contact:

Myla Merkel, Pennsylvania Medical Society       

About the Pennsylvania Medical Society

PAMED is a physician-led, member-driven organization representing all physicians and medical students throughout the state. We advocate for physicians and their patients, educate physicians through continuing medical education, and provide expert resources and guidance to help physicians and their organizations navigate challenges in today’s ever-evolving health care system.  For more information, visit

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