Dr. Stacy Suskauer | Pediatric Rehabilitation

>>My name is Stacy Suskauer. I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins. I’m also a Rehabilitation
Medicine Physician at Kennedy Krieger. At Kennedy Krieger, I’m the Co-Director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, and the Director of the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center. My specialty is in Pediatric
Rehabilitation Medicine, and, in particular, I
specialize in children with acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury. I also specialize in children
with limb differences, which may be congenital,
or may be acquired, such as an amputation. I initially got into Pediatric
Rehabilitation Medicine because I really wanted to work with children with disabilities. And that interest actually
dates back to when I was in junior high school. I volunteered at a camp for
children with disabilities, and developed and understanding that, these kids are just kids who
need a little bit more help to have fun, and succeed in school. And my interest in brain
injury, in particular, came from when I was a resident, and we would get called to
the Intensive Care Unit, to try to help the family,
and team, understand what this brain injury would
mean for the child long-term. So my research relates to
acquired brain injuries in children, and right now
we’re using newer science, like advanced imaging, to
help better understand injury, and predictors of outcome,
and also to better understand what is happening when the brain recovers from a brain injury. And my hope is that,
long-term, this will allow us to develop better interventions
that we can better pair to each child, and know exactly
what will help that child do best and recover most,
after a brain injury. In terms of patient care, I
think it’s really important to get to know the
patient, and the family, and to help understand their
goals, and where they are, and what they’re able
to manage at that time, because then we can partner in developing the best intervention for that child. I also think it’s critical
to maintain hope long-term, because we know it’s important
to continually reassess where that child is, and
what other interventions could be useful at any
given time, to helping that child succeed. I’d be happy to take any questions. They can be directed to Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins. (staccato, somber music)

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