Susan Apkon, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine (1994)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Northwestern University (IL) (1996)
  • MA, Northwestern University (IL) (1987)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1994)
Residencies:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1999)
  • University of Colorado, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1999)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professional Titles

  • Fischahs Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Chief Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Vice-Chair Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Recognition & Awards

  • Outstanding Council Service Award, Pediatric Rehabilitation/Developmental Disabilities Council, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2017)
  • Seattle Magazine Top Doctor Award, Seattle Magazine (2017)
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Distinguished Clinician Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2015)
  • Seattle Children's Family Choice Award, Seattle Children's Hospital (2013)
  • Rod & Randy Halvorson Award, Muscular Dystrophy Association (2013)
  • 5280 Top Doctor Denver, 5280 Magazine (2008)
    2006, 2007, 2008

Research Interests

My research interests are in the delivery of novel drug treatments to children and adolescents with neuromuscular conditions.

Publications

  • Noritz G, Naprawa J, Apkon SD, Kinnett K, Racca F, Vroom E, Birnkrant DJ. Primary Care and Emergency Department Management of the Patient With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct;142(Suppl 2):S90-S98. PubMed PMID: 30275253
  • Apkon SD, Alman B, Birnkrant DJ, Fitch R, Lark R, Mackenzie W, Weidner N, Sussman M. Orthopedic and Surgical Management of the Patient With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct;142(Suppl 2):S82-S89. PubMed PMID: 30275252
  • Case LE, Apkon SD, Eagle M, Gulyas A, Juel L, Matthews D, Newton RA, Posselt HF. Rehabilitation Management of the Patient With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct;142(Suppl 2):S17-S33. PubMed PMID: 30275246
  • Apkon S, Noritz G. The primary care pediatrician: key to improving neuromotor outcomes. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2018 Sep;60(9):851. PubMed PMID: 30133721
  • Birnkrant DJ, Bushby K, Bann CM, Apkon SD, Blackwell A, Colvin MK, Cripe L, Herron AR, Kennedy A, Kinnett K, Naprawa J, Noritz G, Poysky J, Street N, Trout CJ, Weber DR, Ward LM. Diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, part 3: primary care, emergency management, psychosocial care, and transitions of care across the lifespan. Lancet Neurol. 2018 May;17(5):445-455. PubMed PMID: 29398641
  • Birnkrant DJ, Bushby K, Bann CM, Alman BA, Apkon SD, Blackwell A, Case LE, Cripe L, Hadjiyannakis S, Olson AK, Sheehan DW, Bolen J, Weber DR, Ward LM. Diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, part 2: respiratory, cardiac, bone health, and orthopaedic management. Lancet Neurol. 2018 Apr;17(4):347-361. PubMed PMID: 29395990
  • Birnkrant DJ, Bushby K, Bann CM, Apkon SD, Blackwell A, Brumbaugh D, Case LE, Clemens PR, Hadjiyannakis S, Pandya S, Street N, Tomezsko J, Wagner KR, Ward LM, Weber DR. Diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, part 1: diagnosis, and neuromuscular, rehabilitation, endocrine, and gastrointestinal and nutritional management. Lancet Neurol. 2018 Mar;17(3):251-267. PubMed PMID: 29395989
  • Weaver JJ, Natarajan N, Shaw DWW, Apkon SD, Koo KSH, Shivaram GM, Monroe EJ. Transforaminal intrathecal delivery of nusinersen using cone-beam computed tomography for children with spinal muscular atrophy and extensive surgical instrumentation: early results of technical success and safety. Pediatr Radiol. 2018 Mar;48(3):392-397. PubMed PMID: 29130140
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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs
4090 Briargate Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-305-1234

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certification
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2007)
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Board Certification (2007)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certification (2003)
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include the care of children and adolescents with neuromuscular conditions including muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. In addition I have a clinical interest in the care of children with cerebral palsy.

Care Philosophy
I am committed to providing the highest level of care to children and their families. My approach to care is to focus on a child's functional abilities in the setting of their underlying medical condition with the ultimate goal of maximizing their ability to participate in family and community activities.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine (1994)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Northwestern University (IL) (1996)
  • MA, Northwestern University (IL) (1987)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1994)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1999)
  • University of Colorado, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1999)
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Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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