David L. Suskind, MD

David L. Suskind, MD

Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

On staff since October 2003

Children's Title: Director, Quality Improvement; Co-chair, Nutrition Subcommittee

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

David Suskind, MD, is attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Associate Professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. An expert in intestinal diseases, Suskind has focused much of his energy into clinical care and research for inammatory bowel disease.

He is studying the effect of FEcal microbial transplant and nutritional therapy in inammatory bowel disease. He is chair of the Nutrition Committee and member of the Medical Executive Committee at Seattle Children's Hospital. He believes in patient and family empowerment through medical education.


  • Libbi Duval, WA 05.29.14

    Dr. Suskind has been great to work with for our son. He is very informative and gracious with his time. Heidi, his nurse, is also wonderful and helpful. They are a great team and we feel fortunate to have their care for our son.

  • Cathy Duvall WA 01.23.14

    Dr. Suskind is awesome! He has been my son's doctor since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and always greets us warmly. He has always made my son feel comfortable during the office visits and the two of them have some very "fun" conversations. Dr. Suskind keeps me well informed of what to expect and how to treat my son's condition. The nurses are always friendly and helpful as well. I highly recommend him and the Gastroenterology department at Children's Hospital.

  • Kevin Marysville, WA 01.30.13

    Dr. Suskind has very easily been the most open-minded doctor I have ever been a patient of. When going into his office I feel at ease knowing that all my concerns will be addressed, all questions will be answered and if I want to explore a new avenue with my treatment he treats me as an equal at the discussion table, never talking down to me. I have seen numerous doctors since being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 8, and now at the age of 18 my only regret is I will have to part ways with one of my favorites.

  • Mark North Bend, WA 01.28.13

    Dr. Suskind has an ease and wonderful bedside manner when working with difficult cases. My son requires invasive procedures every 5 +/- weeks so that he can eat and thrive. The care provided by Dr. Suskind and his pleasant team invites my son, by reducing his anxiety, to tolerate these repetitive and very painful procedures. Dr. Suskind's skill is exceptional and up-to-date. My son and I highly recommend Dr. Suskind and his team. Your child and you will be in great caring hands.

  • Jamie Puyallup, WA 08.29.11

    We drive from Puyallup to see Dr. Suskind @ Seattle Children's, even though there are other local doctors available. He is WONDERFUL with our daughter. Such a kind-hearted and knowledgeable doctor. We trust him and his expertise, and feel we are receiving excellent care. We recommend Dr. Suskind highly!

  • Lisa Napavine, WA 08.15.11

    Dr. Suskind has saved my granddaughters life. He diagnosed her with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis; under his care and speciality in treating children with Kabuki Syndrome she went from being very close to a liver transplant to taking medication and doing very well. That was several years ago, when she was in the 4th grade Today she is preparing to enter her freshman year of high school. Dr. Suskind is a very special man whom we own our dear sweet granddaughter life and happiness to.

  • Woodinville, WA 11.24.10

    Dr. Suskind patiently worked through our daughter's severe vomiting issues, which were secondary to severe cerebral palsy, and didn't give up until we found a solution. We had been other places and were told she would have to live with this. Finding a solution gave our daughter her life back as she previously had so little "quiet awake" hours that her development was held back. While she still has occasional incidents, she has since been so much healthier and happier, and her development has taken off as a result.


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Medical/Professional School

Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans


Pediatrics, New England Medical Center Hospitals, Boston


Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco

Research Description

An expert in intestinal diseases, Suskind has focused much of his energies into clinical care and research for infammatory bowel disease. He has been co-chair of the Nutrition Committee at Children's since 2004, focusing his attention on both enteral and parenteral nutritional needs of children and pediatric patients at Children's.

He currently conducts research in inflammatory bowel disease with research projects in maternal microchimerism in inflammatory bowel disease as well as in the effects of herbal medication in inflammatory bowel disease. On a national level, Suskind has been involved in the Nutrition Committee for the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Suskind's philosophy in health care centers on patient and family empowerment through education.

Research Focus Area

Quality Improvement, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Autoimmune Diseases

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Top Doctor Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Top Doctor Seattle Magazine 2013
Pfizer Obesity Visiting Professorship 2009
Nominated for Family Choice Award 2008
Medical Staff Honor Role Seattle Children's 2007
Pediatric Nutrition Education for Pediatric Residents and Community Physicians, Fund for Excellence, $10,000 Seattle Children's 2007 - 2008
Nominated for Family Choice Award 2006


  • Suskind DL, Wahbeh G, Gregory N, Vendettuoli H, Christie D
    Nutritional therapy in pediatric Crohn disease: the specific carbohydrate diet.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2014 Jan. : 58(1)87-91
  • Mallon DP, Suskind DL
    Nutrition in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.
    Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition , 2010 Aug. : 335-9
  • David L. Suskind, MD
    Depression and Anxiety Measures in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel disease (Poster Presentation)
    Digestive Disease Week (DDW) , 2010
  • Muraji T, Suskind DL, Irie N
    Biliary atresia: a new immunological insight into etiopathogenesis.
    Expert review of gastroenterology & hepatology , 2009 Dec. : 599-606
  • Suskind DL
    Nutritional deficiencies during normal growth.
    Pediatric clinics of North America , 2009 Oct. : 1035-53
  • David L. Suskind, MD
    Exposure to diagnostic imaging radiation in children under 8 years old with inflammatory bowel disease (oral presentation)
    International Symposium on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease , 2009
  • David L. Suskind, MD
    Oral glycocholic acid treatment of patients with bile acid amidation defects improves growth and fat-soluble vitamin absorption (poster presentation)
    American Association for the Study of Liver Disease , 2009
  • David L. Suskind, MD
    Oral glycocholic acid treatment of patients with bile acid amidation defects improves growth and fat-soluble vitamin absorption (poster presentation)
    American Association for the Study of Liver Disease , 2009
  • Suskind DL, Murray KF
    Increasing the mutation rate for Jagged1 mutations in patients with Alagille syndrome.
    Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) , 2007 Aug. : 598-9
  • Suskind DL, Finn L, Wahbeh G, Christie D, Horslen S
    A child with Kabuki syndrome and primary sclerosing cholangitis successfully treated with ursodiol and cholestryamine.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2006 Oct. : 542-4
  • Suskind DL, Wahbeh G, Christie D
    Gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2006 July : 1-2
  • Muench MO, Ohkubo T, Smith CA, Suskind DL, Bárcena A
    Maintenance of proliferative capacity and retroviral transduction efficiency of human fetal CD38(-)/CD34(++) stem cells.
    Stem cells and development , 2006 Feb. : 97-108
  • Suskind DL, Murray K, Christie D
    An unusual case of an ulcerative colitis flare resulting in disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and a bladder hematoma: a case report.
    BMC gastroenterology , 2004 Oct. 7 : 26
  • Suskind DL, Rosenthal P, Heyman MB, Kong D, Magrane G, Baxter-Lowe LA, Muench MO
    Maternal microchimerism in the livers of patients with biliary atresia.
    BMC gastroenterology , 2004 July 31 : 14
  • Suskind DL, Muench MO
    Searching for common stem cells of the hepatic and hematopoietic systems in the human fetal liver: CD34+ cytokeratin 7/8+ cells express markers for stellate cells.
    Journal of hepatology , 2004 Feb. : 261-8
  • Suskind DL, Rosenthal P
    Chronic viral hepatitis.
    Adolescent medicine clinics , 2004 Feb. : 145-58, x-xi
  • Muench MO, Suskind DL, Bárcena A
    Isolation, growth and identification of colony-forming cells with erythroid, myeloid, dendritic cell and NK-cell potential from human fetal liver.
    Biological procedures online , 2002 June 11 : 10-23
  • David L. Suskind, MD
    Nutritional therapy in pediatric Crohn disease: the specific carbohydrate diet.
    Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Evolving Therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Fecal Microbial Transplant and Nutrition CCFA webinar 2014
Fecal Microbial Therapy in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symposium Seattle Children's Hospital 2013
Fecal Microbiome: The Evolving Story of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Grand Rounds Seattle Children's Hospital 2013

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Fecal Microbial Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Academic Enrichment Fund $20,000 2012
Curcumin in Pediatric Ulcerative colitis: A forced dose titration study University of Washington Institute for Translational Health Science $24,000 July 2008 - Aug. 2009
Maternal microchimerism in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Broad Foundation Medical Research Grant $142,000 July 2005 - July 2007
Maternal microchimerism in Biliary Atresia University of California San Francisco of Medicine Research, Evaluation and Allocation Committee (REAC) Grant $16,000 June 2002 - June 2003
Fecal Microbial Therapy in Pediatric Crohn's Disease Cuyamaca Foundation $70,000