Ro Susie I

Susie I Ro, MD

  • Neurology
  • Movement Disorders
Accepting New Patients
550 17th Ave.
Suite 540
Seattle, WA 98122
751 NE Blakely Drive
4th Floor, Suite 4020
Issaquah, WA 98029

General Information


Additional InformationCompleted fellowships in clinical neurophysiology (EMG and evaluation/ treatment of neuromuscular disease) and movement disorders. About the Movement Disorders Program At the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI), the Movement Disorders program offers a comprehensive range of services for adults and children, from diagnostic testing and innovative medical and surgical treatments to dietary consultations, compensation techniques, rehabilitation and follow-up support. The multidiscipline Movement Disorders team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, psychiatrists and pain management specialists, as well as physical and speech therapists. Social workers are available to help patients navigate their treatment plans, and counselors to help with coping and financial issues. In this collaborative environment, all specialists focus on making the patient experience as integrated and compassionate as possible. The program offers a broad scope of treatment options so patients� care plans are fully personalized. Treatment options include: medications, injections (such as botulinum for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, cervical or spinal dystonia or spasticity), gait and balance training, and rehabilitation and physical therapy. Neurosurgeons evaluate patients who have exhausted medical therapies for minimally invasive neurological restoration interventions, such as deep brain stimulation or stereotactic radiosurgery. These procedures can help restore function and quality of life. Conditions Treated Ataxias Dystonia Essential tremor Huntington�s disease and other diseases associated with chorea Parkinson�s disease and atypical parkinsonism Restless leg syndrome Tourette syndrome and motor tics Wilson�s disease Recorded CME Conferences Ticks Twitches and Twisting An Approach to Common Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders September 14, 2012 Psychogenic Movement Disorders February 12, 2010 Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson�s Disease May 15, 2008 Movement Disorders February 14, 2008
  • Neurology
Education Background
Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • English


Clinical Experience

  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • abducens nerve disease
  • abducens nerve injury
  • abducens nerve palsy and paresis
  • abnormal coordination
  • abnormal eeg
  • abnormal emg
  • abnormal neuroimaging
  • abnormal reflexes
  • abnormal twitching
  • abscess central nervous system
  • absence epilepsy
  • accessory nerve disease
  • accessory nerve injury
  • acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
  • akathisia
  • alcohol withdrawal
  • alcoholic encephalopathy
  • alogia
  • ambulatory eeg
  • amnesia
  • amyloid neuropathy
  • aneurysm
  • anosmia
  • anoxic encephalopathy
  • aphasia
  • apraxia
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • ataxia
  • ataxia telangiectasia
  • athetoid cerebral palsy
  • aura
  • autoimmune meningitis
  • autonomic dysreflexia
  • autonomic nervous system disorders
  • autonomic neuropathy
  • beriberi
  • berry aneurysm
  • botox for spasticity
  • botox injection
  • brachial plexopathy
  • brachial plexus lesion
  • brachycephaly
  • brain concussion
  • bulbar palsy
  • carotid stenosis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • causalgia of lower limb
  • causalgia of upper limb
  • cerebellar anomaly
  • cerebellar ataxia
  • cerebellar disease
  • cerebral aneurysm
  • cerebral anomaly
  • cerebral arteritis
  • cerebral atherosclerosis
  • cerebral contusion
  • cerebral cyst
  • cerebral edema
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • cerebral hernia
  • cerebral laceration
  • cerebral lipidosis
  • cerebral palsy
  • cerebrospinal fluid abnormality
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • cerebrovascular disorders
  • cerebrovascular insufficiency
  • charcot-marie-tooth disease
  • childhood epilepsy
  • chorea
  • choreoathetosis
  • chronic headache
  • chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuritis
  • chronic post-traumatic headache
  • ciliary neuralgia
  • circadian rhythm disorder
  • cluster headache
  • common peroneal nerve lesion
  • concussive seizure
  • congenital ataxia
  • convulsion
  • corticobasal degeneration
  • cranial nerve diseases
  • cranial nerve disorders
  • cranial nerve injuries
  • cranial nerve palsy
  • creutzfeldt jakob syndrome
  • deep brain stimulation
  • degenerative brain disorder
  • degenerative disorders of the balance organs
  • delirium
  • demyelinating disease
  • diabetic neuropathy
  • diabetic polyneuropathies
  • diagnostic lumbar puncture
  • diffuse axonal injury
  • diplegia of upper limbs
  • disorder of balance
  • disorder of body awareness
  • disturbance of skin sensation
  • dizziness
  • drop attack
  • drug-induced acute dystonia
  • dysarthria
  • dysautonomia
  • dyskinesia
  • dysphagia
  • dysphonia
  • dyspraxia
  • dystonia
  • echoencephalogram abnormal
  • eeg telemetry
  • electroencephalography
  • encephalopathies
  • enlarged optic nerve
  • enlarged ventricle
  • epilepsy
  • essential tremor
  • executive dysfunction
  • exvacuohydrocephalus
  • facial asymmetry
  • facial nerve palsy and paresis
  • facial paresis
  • facial spasm
  • facial tingling
  • familial ataxia
  • fasciculations
  • femoral nerve lesion
  • focal dystonia
  • foot drop
  • friedreich ataxia
  • frontal lobe disinhibition
  • functional quadriplegia
  • fungal meningitis
  • gait analysis
  • ganglioneuroblastoma
  • generalized seizures
  • genetic dystonia
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • grand mal status epilepticus
  • guillain barre syndrome
  • handwriting tremor
  • head trauma
  • hearing loss
  • hemiatrophy
  • hemicrania continua
  • hemidystonia
  • hemineglect
  • hemiparesis
  • hemiplegia
  • hereditary sensory neuropathy
  • hereditary spastic paraplegia
  • hiv dementia
  • hiv neuropathy
  • huntington's disease
  • hydrocephalus
  • hydromyelia
  • hypertonia
  • hypoglossal nerve disease
  • hypoglossal nerve injury
  • hypotonia
  • idiopathic transverse myelitis
  • infantile cerebral palsy
  • infectious neuritis
  • injury to brain
  • intention tremor
  • intermittent cerebral ischemia
  • intermittent tremor
  • intracranial arterial occlusion
  • intracranial hemorrhages
  • intracranial hypertension
  • isolated central nervous system vasculitis
  • late effect of spinal cord injury
  • late effects of poliomyelitis
  • lateral sclerosis
  • leg numbness
  • leg weakness
  • lesion of popliteal nerve
  • lesion of sciatic nerve
  • leukodystrophy
  • lingual-facial-buccal dyskinesia
  • lip droop
  • lissencephaly
  • lobar atrophy of brain
  • locked-in syndrome
  • loss of consciousness
  • lumbar puncture
  • lumbosacral plexus lesion
  • macrocephaly
  • marcus gunn phenomenon
  • maternal neurologic disorders
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • metabolic brain disorders
  • microcephaly
  • migraine
  • migraine treatment
  • mononeuritis
  • mononeuritis multiplex
  • monoplegia
  • monoplegia of upper limb
  • motor neuron disease
  • movement disorders
  • moyamoya
  • multiple sclerosis
  • multiple system atrophy
  • multisystemic disseminated toxoplasmosis
  • muscle spasticity
  • muscle weakness
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myelitis
  • myelomeningocele
  • myelopathy
  • myoclonic seizures
  • myoclonus
  • myotonia congenita
  • nerve diseases
  • nerve root disorder
  • nerve sheath tumor
  • nervous system disorders
  • neuralgic amyotrophy
  • neuritis
  • neuroborreliosis
  • neurological disorders
  • neurometabolic disorder
  • neuromuscular ultrasound
  • neuropathy
  • neurosarcoidosis
  • nonruptured cerebral aneurysm
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • numbness
  • occipital neuralgia
  • olfactory nerve disease
  • optic migraines
  • optic nerve and pathway injury
  • optic nerve disease
  • orofacial dyskinesia
  • pachygyria
  • paralysis
  • paraneoplastic polyneuropathy
  • paraplegia
  • parasitic meningitis
  • paresthesia
  • pellagra
  • periodic paralysis
  • peripheral autonomic neuropathy
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • periventricular lesion
  • periventricular leukomalacia
  • periventricular mass
  • peroneal muscular atrophy
  • peroneal nerve lesion
  • petit mal status
  • pinched nerve
  • plagiocephaly
  • plantar nerve lesion
  • plexitis
  • plexopathy
  • poliodystrophia cerebri
  • poliomyelitis
  • polymicrogyria
  • polyneuropathy
  • popliteal nerve lesion
  • post traumatic seizures
  • post-concussion syndrome
  • post-traumatic amnesia
  • post-traumatic headache
  • primary progressive aphasia
  • problems with smell and taste
  • progressive muscular atrophy
  • progressive supranuclear palsy
  • pseudobulbar palsy
  • pseudotumor cerebri
  • psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • quadriplegia
  • radial nerve lesion
  • radiculopathy
  • reflex neurovascular dystrophy
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • restless legs syndrome
  • rheumatic chorea with heart involvement
  • schwannomatosis
  • segmental dystonia
  • sensory impairment
  • sensory problem with head
  • sensory problem with neck and trunk
  • sensory problems with limbs
  • slurred speech
  • spasticity
  • spinal cord diseases
  • spinal muscular atrophy
  • spinocerebellar degeneration
  • spinocerebellar diseases
  • staring
  • status epilepticus
  • stereotypic movement disorder
  • stiff-person syndrome
  • subdural hematoma
  • subdural hemorrhage
  • syphilis
  • syphilitic parkinsonism
  • syringobulbia
  • syringomyelia
  • tardive dyskinesia
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • temporal sclerosis
  • tension headache
  • tetany
  • tetraplegia
  • tibial nerve lesion
  • tic disorder
  • tic of organic origin
  • tingling
  • torsion dystonia
  • torticollis
  • tourette syndrome
  • toxic myoneural disorders
  • toxoplasmosis
  • transient cerebral ischemia
  • transient ischemic attack
  • transient limb paralysis
  • transient monocular vision loss
  • transverse myelitis
  • traumatic brain injury
  • tremor
  • trigeminal nerve disease
  • trigeminal nerve injury
  • trigeminal nerve palsy and paresis
  • tuberculosis of meninges
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • ulnar nerve
  • ulnar nerve compression
  • unsteady gait
  • uremic encephalopathy
  • vagal nerve disorders
  • vagus nerve disease
  • vascular malformations of the brain
  • vascular myelopathy
  • vasculitic neuropathy
  • venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis
  • venous sinus thrombosis
  • ventriculomegaly
  • vertebrobasilar insufficiency
  • vertigo
  • vestibular function test abnormal
  • viral meningitis
  • visual evoked potentials
  • vitamin b deficiency
  • writer's cramp


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (109 Ratings, 19 Comments)


She seemed a little scattered at first when reviewing my medical records I brought, but patiently answered all my questions.

Very good experience and I feel very comfortable with Dr. Ro as my doctor

Thank You Dr. Susie Ro and staff.

Dr. Ro was wonderful, she showed compassion, concern and understanding about my condition (Parkinson's disease) and provided excellent care.

She was great!

Appt. felt a bit rushed due to slow check in!

Not enough time spent at appointment. Not able to schedule follow up appt as directed by the doctor. Schedule is always full and instead of 3 month return follow up as doctor directs,the first opening is 6 months away. For Parkinson patients this is very much and issue and creates more anxiety !!

Dr Ro herself called on a Saturday to inform that she has family emergency and next Monday's appointment has to be rescheduled. Even though she had family emergency but cared to call her patients !

Love the care. concern and respect that I am provided!

The best care I ever received in my life. Dr. Ro is an angle and understands the needs of my condition. She makes me feel special in her concern for my needs, she exudes confidence and compassion.

Dr. Susie Ro is a very thorough physician and works with me. She is awesome in my care!

It was a waste of time. The provider looks unprepared. Looks like we provided her to much information to handle - not impressed at all.

I would have liked the doctor to have written out my meds in laymans terms.

Physicians always seem rushed to move onto next patient

I do not feel like dr. is taking my needs I feel that I need a little more care for my condition I'm over concerned I need more help -

So much time during a 45 minute appointment is taken up by the doctor reading past reports from programmers, physical therapist, etc. that it is hard to get full benefit of the appointment

The combination and complexity of [...] medications and tweaking of the dosages is very complex. The communication between Dr. Ro and my wife and I is better than many providers with which I have had contact. It would be difficult to be perfect. Clarifying questions and responses are excellent and usually resolve any questions.

I have my choice of many providers I could go to. I vote with my feet. Despite the challenges the clinic has with patient flow, organization, and seldom answering the phone, Dr. Ro's clinical expertise, collaborative approach to care, insightful problemsolving, and customization of patient treatment makes me very loyal to Dr. Ro. [...] Top notch!

The provider talked in the medical terms or language not understandable to a non medical person. Questions were not satisfactorily explained. She reviewed the medical history during the appointment instead of reviewing the long history before seeing the patient. Shouldn't the neurologists be reading the old chart before she sees patients so she can dedicate herself in interviewing the patient in person? Provider hardly made eye contact because she was too busy reviewing the old chart. On the positive note we have seen a few neurologists in the area she's the only one we are most satisfied at the moment. We have yet to find a good neurologist.
550 17th Ave.
Suite 540
Seattle, WA 98122
751 NE Blakely Drive
4th Floor, Suite 4020
Issaquah, WA 98029
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