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Susan D. Apkon, MD

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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

ReggieAuburn, WA03.17.14
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.
LauraEdmons, WA02.25.13
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!
SaroeunEverett01.23.13
What can I say, Dr. Apkon is AMAZING!
BrandiJBLM, WA01.15.13
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!!
SandyBozeman, MT03.07.12
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.
CarrieLyman, Washington08.29.11
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.
ShannonMaple Valley, WA09.17.12
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! :)
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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: clinical trials in children with neuromuscular diseases, osteoporosis in childrens with disabilities

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013Seattle Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine 2012
U.S. News Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report 2012

Publications

Sibling concordance for clinical features of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.
Muscle & nerve , 2013 Sep 13
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 Sep: 48(3)343-56
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 Sep: 48(3)357-68
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
Moving forward: exercise as an intervention to improve bone health in children with disabilities.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2012 Jun: 54(6)490-1
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
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
Consensus statement on standard of care for congenital myopathies.
Journal of child neurology , 2012 Mar: 27(3)363-82
Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Muscle & nerve , 2011 Jul: 44(1)93-101
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
Biomarkers of hypercoagulability and inflammation in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Apr: 651-6
Biomarkers of hypercoagulability and inflammation in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Apr: 156(4)651-6
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
Bone mineral density in children with myelomeningocele.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2009 Jan: 63-7
Bone mineral density in children with myelomeningocele.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2009 Jan: 51(1)63-7
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
Bone health in children with cerebral palsy.
Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine , 2008: 1(2)115-21
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
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
Osteoporosis in children who have disabilities.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America , 2002 Nov: 839-55
Osteoporosis in children who have disabilities.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America , 2002 Nov: 13(4)839-55

Presentations

Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Outcomes After Pediatric Abusive Head TraumaPediatric Trauma ConferenceThe Children's Hospital, Denver, CODec. 1, 2009
Spasticity Management in Children with Cerebral PalsyUniversity of Washington, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental MedicineSeattle, WADec. 1, 2009
Care of Children with Spinal Cord Injuries University of Washington, Department of PediatricsSeattle, WADec. 1, 2009
Rehabilitation in the Child with a Spinal Cord TumorAmerican Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Annual MeetingAustin, TXNov. 1, 2009
Care of the Child with Cerebral PalsyUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine Boulder, COMarch 1, 2009

Research Funding

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

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OB.8.410 - Rehabilitation Medicine
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-987-2114

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