Dr. Stacy Suskauer, co-director of the Center for Brain Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute, received two new appointments, including being named as vice president of pediatric rehabilitation for the institute.
In addition, Suskauer will now serve as the director of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, she will lead pediatric rehabilitation providers at four hospitals in Maryland and Florida – Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, as well as at Kennedy Krieger Institute. This is the largest group of pediatric physiatrists and allied professionals in the country.
Suskauer joined Kennedy Krieger in 2007 and has led the brain injury rehabilitation programs at the Institute since 2010. She also is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Suskauer attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for her undergraduate and medical education. She completed a combined residency program in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.
From 2005 to 2007, she completed a pediatric rehabilitation research fellowship at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty at both hospitals.
She is the recipient of numerous awards include the 2020 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award and the 2017 American College of Rehabilitation Medicine Pediatric Rehabilitation Award.
Her research has been published extensively in a variety of academic journals with over 70 publications to date. Her current work includes investigating the use of neuroimaging and neurobehavioral assessments to improve understanding of brain-behavior relationships after acquired brain injury. Her clinical care and research extend across the spectrum of brain injury severity, from children with disorders of consciousness to those who appear clinically recovered after a concussion.
Suskauer has mentored the next generation of physiatrists through a residency program and fellowships, including the sports medicine fellowship and a pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship offered in a partnership between the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger.
MORE ABOUT DR. STACY SUSKAUER
Montgomery County public schools K-12, undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University, medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, combined residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, fellowship in Pediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I’m very lucky that I love my job, and at this point, wouldn’t want to do be doing anything else. As a child, my first career aspiration was to scoop ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. I also had a strong interest in marine biology and working with dolphins before I found my passion to help children with disabilities live their fullest lives.
Recent vacation: My husband and I recently returned from an amazing trip to Switzerland with our 14-year-old niece who convinced me to go hang-gliding!
When I want to relax:
I grab my Kindle and head to the bathtub to read and soak.
I have two favorite movies, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (Gene Wilder version) and “Love Actually.”
I also have two: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow,’ ” — Mary Anne Radmacher; and “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded,” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.