The award will be formally presented to Sussman during MDA’s Gift of Hope dinner to be held on at Montgomery Park. Information on the event (tickets, location etc.) is available by visiting www.giftofhopemda.org.
Nominations for this award were given not only by MDA staff, but by clinicians and families who receive care in the two MDA clinics in Portland. Tammy Berry, Executive Director, commented, “Dr. Sussman is a fantastic and dedicated doctor. Families really respond to his kindness and ability to help them through these diseases.”
Michael Sussman MD received his orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins University and completed a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. From 1976 to 1992, he was in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and at the time of his departure was director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Sussman moved to Portland, Oregon in 1992 as chief of the medical staff and helped develop a variety of programs including a multi-disciplinary clinic for children with neuromuscular diseases, which became the first MDA-Shriners collaborative clinic. He championed the principle of family centered care, including insuring continuity of care for patients at the Shriners Hospital.
Dr. Sussman has particular interest in children with progressive neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and cerebral palsy. He was a member of the steering committee of the CDC sponsored group who developed the care guidelines for DMD, which has become the standard for clinicians. Sussman has had multiple scientific publications in the area of muscular dystrophies. Along with groups in L.A. and Sacramento, and collaborators here in Portland, he has led a long term study, funded by the Shriners research fund, to study the progression of DMD and effects of corticosteroids.
Additionally, Sussman has been a visiting professor and lectured on these topics throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia. He has received the Arthur H. Huene award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pediatric orthopaedics in 2002 and was president of the AACPDM (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine) from 2001-2002.