Dr. Walter Sussman is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Sussman also has fellowship training and board certification 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 has served locally as the Head Team Physician for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and and provides care for many of the local high schools. He has worked with athletes from all recreational levels from high school to professional athletes.
Dr. Sussman has a clinical interest in the use of ultrasound to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries and regenerative medicine. Dr. Sussman co-authored The Atlas of Interventional Orthopedics textbook to help teach other physicians about ultrasound guided injections, minimally invasive ultrasound guided percutaneous surgical procedures, and regenerative procedures. Dr. Sussman has also published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on ultrasound guided percutaneous surgical procedures, regenerative procedures, nerve hydrodissection and concussion management. He is a national leader in the field of regenerative medicine serving as a Board Member for the Interventional Orthobiologic Foundation (IOF) and is a member of the American Academy of PM&R Biologics Working group. He now serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation for Tufts University School of Medicine and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Sussman takes pride in promoting the patient experience, and tailoring treatments to fit each patient and their treatment goals. In 2020, Dr. Sussman founded Boston Sports & Biologics to offer patients a comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on providing patients with treatment options that may help them delay or avoid traditional 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), regenerative autologous cellular 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.
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).
Berrigan W, Olufade O, Negron G, Easley K, Sussman WI. Calcific Tendinopathy of the Shoulder: A Retrospective Comparison of Traditional Barbotage versus Percutaneous Ultrasonic Barbotage. Clin J Sport Med. 2022;32(5):458-66. [PMID: 35533134].
Lui G, Sussman WI. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided resection of a painful osteophyte in a residual limb: a case report. J Clin Ultrasound. 2021;49(8):885-888. [PMID: 34355384].
Olufade O, Patel A, Cherian C, Waterbrook AL, Zaremski JL, Sussman WI, Bowers R, Hrubes M, Myers RA. Suggested Curricular Guidelines for Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training. Cur Sports Med Report 2021;20(7):366-373. [PMID: 34234092].
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. [PMID:33913676]
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. [doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24182.83521]
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.
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. 2018;10(9):979-983. [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]
Elmore E, Rousakis R, Berrigan WA, Mautner K, Bohart Z, Sussman WI. Volar Wrist Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
Elmore E, Rousakis R, Sussman WI. Radial Wrist Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
Mostofi B, Chiang CH, Sussman WI. Posterior Ankle Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
Mostofi B, Fazli A, Sussman WI. Anterior Ankle Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
Mostofi B, Fazli A, Sussman WI. Lateral Ankle Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
Mostofi B, Fazli A, Sussman WI. Medial Ankle Disorders. In Mostoufi A, George T, Tria A (Ed.) Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Anticipated publication 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-3030920418].
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, 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-0323755146].
Sussman WI, Mautner K, Perone A. Rehabilitation Principals for Interventional Orthopedics and Orthobiologics. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier, 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-0323755146].
Sussman WI, Williams CJ, Pitts J. Interventional Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy for the Elbow. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier, 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-0323755146].
Sajkowicz N, Bohart Z, Sussman WI. Botulinum toxin for musculoskeletal pathology. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier. Elsevier, 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-0323755146].
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]
Williams CJ, Sussman WI, Pitts J (Editors). Interventional Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy for the Elbow. Interventional Orthopedics. Elsevier, 2022 [ISBN-13: 978-0323755146].