Susan Swedo, MD
4350 East West Hwy
The Heartwood Program for PANS PANDAS, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Dr. Swedo and her colleagues, Dr. Shari Thomas, Dr. David Driver (child psychiatrists), and Ms. Krystyn Akers (behavior therapist), offer consultation services that provide clarity and direction on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS/PANS and related conditions. Following an in-depth review of the child’s history and records, the multi-disciplinary team meets (virtually) with the family to perform a comprehensive assessment, determine the correct diagnoses, and establish a treatment plan. These are discussed with the family and written recommendations are provided to them and child’s healthcare professionals. Following the appointment, the PANS/PANDAS Team remains available for ongoing consultation and guidance.
Our multi-disiplinary team is diverse and multicultural. We welcome clients of every race, ethnicity and culture, and treat each and every individual with respect, dignity and compassion.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels (ADA accessible): Yes
Dr Swedo is internationally recognized for her clinical research on post-infectious autoimmune disorders, such as PANDAS and Sydenham chorea. Trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Swedo completed a research fellowship in the NIMH Child Psychiatry branch, writing some of the seminal articles on medical treatment of OCD, trichotillomania and other disorders. After receiving scientific tenure in 1992, Dr. Swedo established an independent research program specializing in OCD, movement disorders, autism and immune-mediated neuropsychiatric disorders. While at NIMH, Dr. Swedo evaluated and treated hundreds of youth and their families. Her multi-disciplinary consultative practice now makes this expertise available in the private sector.