Valerie Suski, DO

Associate Professor of Neurology


  • Chief, Movement Disorders Division
  • Co-Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
  • Director, UPMC Huntington's Disease Society of America

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Suski’s clinical and research interests focus on Movement Disorders and their symptomatic management and neuroprotection in phase II and III trials.   She established the UPMC Huntington’s disease (HDSA) Center of Excellence in 2015.  This is a multidisciplinary clinic providing comprehensive care in the areas of neurology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, genetic counseling, nutrition and clinical trials. 

Education & Training

  • DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic, Medicine
  • Resident, Virginia Commonwealth University, Neurology
  • Fellow, Duke University, Movement Disorders

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research: Movement Disorders, including Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Clinical: Movement Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulator surgery evaluation and programming; Botulinum toxin evaluation and injections
  • Education: Clinician-Educator 

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • Member, Movement Disorders Society
  • Member, American Academy of Neurology
  • Member, American Osteopathic Association

Honors & Awards

  • Pittsburgh Magazine “Top Doctors”  

Selected Recent Publications

Yeh FC, Zaydan IM, Suski VR, Lacomis D, Richardson RM, Maroon JC, Barrios-Martinez J. Differential tractography as a track-based biomarker for neuronal injury. Neuroimage. 2019 Nov 15;202:116131. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116131. Epub 2019 Aug 28. PMID: 31472253; PMCID: PMC6919327.

Lee PS, Weiner GM, Corson D, Kappel J, Chang YF, Suski VR, Berman SB, Homayoun H, Van Laar AD, Crammond DJ, Richardson RM. Outcomes of Interventional-MRI Versus Microelectrode Recording-Guided Subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation. Front Neurol. 2018 Apr 11;9:241. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00241. PMID: 29695996; PMCID: PMC5904198.