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Susan D. Apkon, MD

Susan D. Apkon, MD

Rehabilitation

On staff since September 2009

Children's Title: Department Director; Clinic Chief, Limb Deficiency; Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic; Chief, Consultation Service; Program Director, Rehabilitation Medicine Medical Education

Academic Title: Associate Professor

"The focus of my clinical practice is the care of children with disabilities and their families. My goal is to work as a team with the child and family, focusing on optimizing the child’s abilities, quality of life and overall medical condition. The gratification I receive from my work is to be able to celebrate with the child and family every skill that is mastered, whether big or small. The achievements I witness reflect a tremendous amount of hard work put forth by the child and family."

Recommendations

  • Reggie Auburn, WA 03.17.14

    We have been seeing Dr.Apkon for a couple of years. She is very kind hearted and caring, she's always listening, smiling, and recommending new techniques. We have a very different case, my daughter is a carrier of DMD and unfortunately some of the other doctors haven't taken this serious because she is a female. However, as a parent you worry and have questions/concerns. I know I can call or schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns, and Dr. Apkon will always be willing to see us. She is knowledgeable and will always do her best. It's the first doctor since my daughter's diagnosis, that we can walk away feeling assured and comfortable.

  • Laura Edmons, WA 02.25.13

    Dr Apkon is easy to talk with and truly cares for our son. She has been seeing him for spasticity/botox for 3+years. She has always listened carefully to our needs and is genuinely concerned for the health of our son. She has been in contact with our physical therapists, regularly, to ensure that treatments outside of her clinic are also a benefit for our son. Dr Apkon has always been interested in activities that our son is involved with, outside of the clinic setting and she has been very accessible if I've had specific questions/concerns. We respect & recommend her highly!

  • Saroeun Everett 01.23.13

    What can I say, Dr. Apkon is AMAZING!

  • Brandi JBLM, WA 01.15.13

    Dr. Apkon is amazing! My son who is now 4 has been seeing her for 2 years, receiving Botox injections. She ensures that he understands what is going on and answers any questions he might have. For a Dr. to treat my son as a patient and a person, to be silly with him instead of being impatient when he is playful is a rare find. I can't say enough how awesome Dr. Apkon is!!

  • Sandy Bozeman, MT 03.07.12

    I was very impressed with Dr.Apkon. My daughter was 7 years old when we first met Dr. Apkon, and although we had seen many doctors over the years, Dr. Apkon had ideas and gave advice that we had never heard before. It was clearly evident that Dr. Apkon has a terrific amount of experience with children with special needs, and she genuinely cares about these children. In 1 appointment she helped us in so many ways! I would highly recommend her to anyone.

  • Carrie Lyman, Washington 08.29.11

    I have to say I was very impressed with Dr. Apkon. She made a lot of sense and I really felt like she cares about what happens to each and every one of these children. Her team was amazing also. At the end of an 8 hour visit to the hospital my 11 year old son looks at me and says "That was a pretty good day mom." That says a lot. Thank you so much for making our visit a good one. Keep up the good work.

  • Shannon Maple Valley, WA 09.17.12

    We love Dr. Apkon! She is very thorough and sincere. She listens to what you are saying and hears your needs. She really makes everyone especially our daughter feel comfortable and always has great imput and suggestions. She's very funny too! Thank you Dr. Apkon for all that you do. Especially going to the MDA camp and making yourself available to all the kids and bringing smiles to all those precious faces! Love and Blessings, The Scotts! :)

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical/Professional School

University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington

Residency

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Colorado - The Children's Hosp, Aurora

Clinical Interests

Care of children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, neuromuscular diseases.

Research Description

Clinical trials in children with neuromuscular diseases, osteoporosis in childrens with disabilities

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 Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012

Publications

  • Pettygrove S, Lu Z, Andrews JG, Meaney FJ, Sheehan DW, Price ET, Fox DJ, Pandya S, Ouyang L, Apkon SD, Powis Z, Cunniff C
    Sibling concordance for clinical features of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.
    Muscle & nerve , 2013 Sept. 13
  • McDonald CM, Henricson EK, Abresch RT, Florence J, Eagle M, Gappmaier E, Glanzman AM, PTC124-GD-007-DMD Study Group, Spiegel R, Barth J, Elfring G, Reha A, Peltz SW
    The 6-minute walk test and other clinical endpoints in duchenne muscular dystrophy: reliability, concurrent validity, and minimal clinically important differences from a multicenter study.
    Muscle & nerve , 2013 Sept. : 48(3)357-68
  • McDonald CM, Henricson EK, Abresch RT, Florence JM, Eagle M, Gappmaier E, Glanzman AM, PTC124-GD-007-DMD Study Group, Spiegel R, Barth J, Elfring G, Reha A, Peltz S
    The 6-minute walk test and other endpoints in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: longitudinal natural history observations over 48 weeks from a multicenter study.
    Muscle & nerve , 2013 Sept. : 48(3)343-56
  • Apkon S
    Bone mineral density in children with congenital spinal dysfunction: updated technology for an old issue.
    Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2012 Dec. : 54(12)1077
  • Apkon SD
    Moving forward: exercise as an intervention to improve bone health in children with disabilities.
    Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2012 June : 54(6)490-1
  • Wang CH, Dowling JJ, North K, Schroth MK, Sejersen T, Shapiro F, Bellini J, Weiss H, Guillet M, Amburgey K, Apkon S, Bertini E, Bonnemann C, Clarke N, Connolly AM, Estournet-Mathiaud B, Fitzgerald D, Florence JM, Gee R, Gurgel-Giannetti J, Glanzman AM, Hofmeister B, Jungbluth H, Koumbourlis AC, Laing NG, Main M, Morrison LA, Munns C, Rose K, Schuler PM, Sewry C, Storhaug K, Vainzof M, Yuan N
    Consensus statement on standard of care for congenital myopathies.
    Journal of child neurology , 2012 Mar. : 27(3)363-82
  • Rivara FP, Ennis SK, Mangione-Smith R, MacKenzie EJ, Jaffe KM, National Expert Panel for the Development of Pediatric Rehabilitation Quality Care Indicators
    Quality of care indicators for the rehabilitation of children with traumatic brain injury.
    Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2012 Mar. : 93(3)381-5.e9
  • Zumsteg JM, Ennis SK, Jaffe KM, Mangione-Smith R, MacKenzie EJ, Rivara FP, National Expert Panel for the Development of Pediatric Rehabilitation Quality of Care Indicators
    Quality of care indicators for the structure and organization of inpatient rehabilitation care of children with traumatic brain injury.
    Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2012 Mar. : 93(3)386-93.e1
  • Arias R, Andrews J, Pandya S, Pettit K, Trout C, Apkon S, Karwoski J, Cunniff C, Matthews D, Miller T, Davis MF, Meaney FJ
    Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
    Muscle & nerve , 2011 July : 44(1)93-101
  • Apkon SD, Cassidy D
    Safety considerations in the use of botulinum toxins in children with cerebral palsy.
    PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation , 2010 Apr, : 2(4)282-4
  • Bernard TJ, Fenton LZ, Apkon SD, Boada R, Wilkening GN, Wilkinson CC, Soep JB, Miyamoto SD, Tripputi M, Armstrong-Wells J, Benke TA, Manco-Johnson MJ, Goldenberg NA
    Biomarkers of hypercoagulability and inflammation in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Apr, : 156(4)651-6
  • Bernard TJ, Fenton LZ, Apkon SD, Boada R, Wilkening GN, Wilkinson CC, Soep JB, Miyamoto SD, Tripputi M, Armstrong-Wells J, Benke TA, Manco-Johnson MJ, Goldenberg NA
    Biomarkers of hypercoagulability and inflammation in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Apr, : 651-6
  • Apkon SD, Cassidy D
    Safety considerations in the use of botulinum toxins in children with cerebral palsy.
    PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation , 2010 Apr, : 282-4
  • Apkon SD, Fenton L, Coll JR
    Bone mineral density in children with myelomeningocele.
    Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2009 Jan. : 51(1)63-7
  • Apkon SD, Fenton L, Coll JR
    Bone mineral density in children with myelomeningocele.
    Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2009 Jan. : 63-7
  • Apkon S, Coll J
    Use of weekly alendronate to treat osteoporosis in boys with muscular dystrophy.
    American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists , 2008 Feb. : 87(2)139-43
  • Apkon SD, Kecskemethy HH
    Bone health in children with cerebral palsy.
    Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine , 2008 : 1(2)115-21
  • Oleszek JL, Chang N, Apkon SD, Wilson PE
    Botulinum toxin type a in the treatment of children with congenital muscular torticollis.
    American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists , 2005 Oct. : 84(10)813-6
  • Oleszek JL, Chang N, Apkon SD, Wilson PE
    Botulinum toxin type a in the treatment of children with congenital muscular torticollis.
    American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists , 2005 Oct. : 813-6
  • Apkon SD
    Osteoporosis in children who have disabilities.
    Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America , 2002 Nov. : 13(4)839-55
  • Apkon SD
    Osteoporosis in children who have disabilities.
    Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America , 2002 Nov. : 839-55

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Care of Children with Spinal Cord Injuries University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics Seattle, WA Dec. 1, 2009
Spasticity Management in Children with Cerebral Palsy University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine Seattle, WA Dec. 1, 2009
Outcomes After Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pediatric Trauma Conference The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO Dec. 1, 2009
Rehabilitation in the Child with a Spinal Cord Tumor American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Meeting Austin, TX Nov. 1, 2009
Care of the Child with Cerebral Palsy University of Colorado School of Medicine Boulder, CO March 1, 2009

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
A Phase 2b Efficacy and Safety Study of PTC124 in Subjects with Nonsense-Mutation-Mediated Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy PTC Therapeutics $225,000.00 Jan. 1, 2008
Use of Alendronate in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy The Children’s Hospital Research Institute & Merck $30,000.00 Jan. 1, 2003
Surveillance and Epidemiologic Research of Duchene and Becker Muscular Dystrophy and Other Single Gene Disorders Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $220,000.00 Dec. 1, 2002