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ABOUT DR. WALTER SUSSMAN

Dr. Walter Sussman is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) with fellowship training in sports medicine. Dr. Sussman graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford Maine, before completing his residency in PM&R at Emory University, where he served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Emory University where he provided covered for the Atlanta Dream WNBA team, Georgia Tech athletics, and Emory University athletics.

Dr. Sussman takes pride in promoting the patient experience, and
tailoring treatments to fit each patient and their treatment goals. In 2020, Dr. Sussman found Boston Sports & Biologics to offer patients a comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on providing alternatives to orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sussman manages both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, and offers non-surgical alternatives to orthopedic surgery/conditions, including platelet rich plasma (PRP), autologous bone marrow concentrate stem cell injections and Tenex.

Dr. Sussman now serves as the Head Team Physician for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and provides care for many of the local high schools. He is a clinical Assistant Professor at the Tufts University and is engaged in resident education. Dr. Sussman has published multiple book chapters and articles in medical journals, including on regenerative medicine, chronic tendon injuries, Tenex and concussion management.

Dr. Sussman has a clinical interest in the use of ultrasound to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries and regenerative medicine, with a focus on using minimally invasive procedures including platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell injections and Tenex. Commonly treated conditions include arthritis, chronic tennis or golfers’ elbow, trigger finger, rotator cuff tears, calcific tendonitis, hip bursitis, patella tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, Haglund deformity, and plantar fasciitis. Dr. Sussman also manages acute sports injuries and has completed specialized training in sports-related concussions. He has a clinical interest in post-concussion syndrome, and working with the athlete to develop a personalized return-to-play plan.

TRAINING

MEDICAL SCHOOL

  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Biddeford Maine

INTERNSHIP

  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • Worcester Massachusetts

RESIDENCY

  • Emory University
  • Atlanta Georgia

FELLOWSHIP

  • Emory University
  • Atlanta Georgia

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine (CAQSM)
  • Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK)
  • Credentialed ImPACT Consultant in Concussion Management (CIC)

INTERESTS & PROCEDURAL SKILLS

  • Evaluation and management of sports injury and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Peripheral joint injections, nerve hydrodissection, and other soft tissue injections
  • Regenerative medicine/Orthobiologics (platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections)
  • Sport-Related Concussion management
  • Compartmental pressure testing for chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Pre-participations Sports Evaluations

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Sussman has published articles on ultrasound to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries, regenerative injections and minimally invasive procedures and concussion management (complete list of peer-reviewed articles).

Publications

Bowers R, Neuberger D, Williams C, Kneer L, Sussman W. The Impact of an ultrasound curriculum on the accuracy of resident joint line palpation. Epub before print PM&R 2020. [PMID: 33340274].

Park D, Rucci P, Sussman WI. Chronic MCL sprain treated with percutaneous ultrasonic debridement: A case report. Accepted CJSM 2020.

Park D, Sussman WI. Osteitis pubis treated with platelet-rich plasma: A case report. Published Ahead of Print CJSM. Epub before print September 22, 2020. [doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000875]

Sussman WI, Park DJ, Rucci PM, Chen YH. Subluxing fractured plantar fat pad: a case series and description of novel sonographic findings. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Nov 2. [PMID: 33135090]

Sussman WI, Fanuele J, Hackel JG. Ultrasonic Percutaneous Tenotomy for the Treatment of Recalcitrant Triceps Tendinopathy. J Surg Tech Proced. 2019;3(2):1028.

Sussman WI, Jerome MA, Foster L. Platelet-rich plasma for the treatment of coccydynia: a case report and review of regenerative medicine for coccydynia. Regen Med. 2019;14(12):1151-1154. [PMID: 31960759]

Sussman WI, Hofmann K. Treatment of Insertional Peroneus Brevis Tendinopathy by Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Ultrasonic Needle Tenotomy: A Case Report. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2019;58(6):1285-1287. [PMID: 31679682]

Mautner K, Sussman WI, Nanos K, Blazuk J, Brigham C, Sarros E. Validity of Indirect Ultrasound Findings in Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Ruptures. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Jul;38(7):1685-1692. [PMID: 30480325]

Sussman WI, Mautner K, Malanga G. The role of rehabilitation after regenerative and orthobiologic procedures for the treatment of tendinopathy: a systematic review. Regen Med. 2018, 13(2):249-263. [PMID: 29521582]

Bradberry DM, Sussman WI, Mautner K. Ultrasound-guided Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy for Chronic Proximal Tensor Fascia Lata Tendinopathy: A Report of 2 Cases. PM&R. Feb 8 2018 Epub ahead of print [PMID: 29428875]

Sussman WI, Williams C, Maunter K. Ultrasound-Guided Elbow Procedures. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016;27(3):573-87 [PMID: 27468667].

Maunter K, Sussman WI. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: Illustrative Case with Sonographic Findings. Curr Sports Med Reports. 2016;15(3):168-170 [PMID: 27172080].

Sussman WI, Mautner K, Mason A, et al. Sphenopalatine ganglion block for management of refractory chronic post-traumatic headaches after a sport-related concussion. Clin J Sports Med. 2017; 27(2):e6-e8. [PMID: 27177204]

Mautner K, Sussman WI. Intramuscular vascular malformations: A rare cause of exertional leg pain and a novel treatment approach with ultrasound guided doxycycline sclerotherapy. Am J Sports Med. 2015;43(3):729-33 [PMID: 25535098]

Sussman WI, Makovitch SA, Merchant SHI, et al. Cervical angina: An overlooked source of non-cardiac chest pain. The Neurohospitalist. 2015;5(1):22-27 [PMID: 25553225]

Mautner K, Sussman WI, Axtman M, et al. Relationship of attention deficit hyperactive disorder and post-concussion recovery in youth athletes. Clin J Sports Med. 2015;25(4):355-60 [PMID: 25353721]

Sussman WI, Shaw E. Intracranial hypertension after spinal cord injury and suboptimal cervical fusion. PMR. 2014;6(2):199-202 [PMID: 24361119]

Sussman WI, Han E, Schuenke MD. Quantitative assessment of the ischiofemoral space and evidence of degenerative changes in the quadratus femoris muscle. Surg Radiol Anat. 2013;35(4):273-281. [PMID: 23076730]

Book Chapters

Bowers R, Sussman WI, Hermansen JR, Park D, Olufade OA. Biologics II – Platelet Rich Plasma. In Prologo D, Ray C, Findeiss L (Ed.) Advanced Interventional Pain Management. Anticipated publication July 2021.

Sussman WI, Pitts J, Williams CJ. Introduction to Interventional Orthopedics and Review of the Pathophysiology of Orthopedic Conditions. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Anticipated publication July 2021.

Sussman WI, Mautner K, Perone A. Rehabilitation Principals for Interventional Orthopedics and Orthobiologics. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Anticipated publication July 2021.

Sussman WI, Williams CJ, Pitts J. Interventional Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy for the Elbow. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Anticipated publication July 2021.

Sajkowicz N, Bohart Z, Sussman WI. Botulinum toxin for musculoskeletal pathology. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Anticipated publication July 2021.

Williams CJ, Sussman WI, Maunter K. Basic Science and Rational for using Stem Cells for Orthopedic Conditions. In Malanga G, Ibrahim V (Ed.) Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine. Springer, 2018 [ISBN 9781620701126]

Krabak BJ, Sussman WI, Byrd T. Physical Examination: Of the Hip. In Malanga G, Mautner K (Ed.) Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2e. Elsevier, 2016 [ISBN-13: 978-0323396233]

Sodiq D, Beckworth J, Foster L, Sussman WI. Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease: Workup and Conservative Treatment. In: Pinheiro-Franco JL, Vaccaro AR, Benzel EC, Mayer HM (Ed.) Advanced Concepts in Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease. Springer, 2015 [ISBN 978-3-662-47756-4]

Textbook (EDITOR)

Williams CJ, Sussman WI, Pitts J (Editors). Interventional Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy for the Elbow. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Anticipated publication July 2021.