Xiaowei Su, MD, PhD

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    20092022

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    Research interests

    Dr. Xiaowei Su’s research focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). He has a specific interest in machine learning techniques using ALS biomarkers to improve predictions for disease progression and survival. He has participated in multicenter collaborations investigating disease biomarkers to better understand ALS pathophysiology.

    He is involved in clinical trials investigating new therapies, remote monitoring and quality of life. He recruits for multicenter clinical trials for new treatments in patients with ALS. He has additional training in patient-centered trial design, operations, and analysis through the Penn State Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Su is also interested in the bioethics of care delivery, clinical trials and medical genetics. This research attempts to ensure equitable access to healthcare as well as the availability of new medical advances to the maximum number of individuals who may benefit.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Xiaowei Su treats a broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases including motor neuron disorders (ALS); muscle diseases (dystrophies, metabolic muscle disorders, and acquired myopathies); neuromuscular junction disorders (myasthenia gravis); and autoimmune peripheral nerve diseases (Guillain-Barre disease and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, CIDP).

    He works in the Penn State Health Hershey Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic with a team of dedicated ALS nurses, psychologists, chaplains, speech and respiratory therapists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers to care for the complex needs of patients with ALS.

    Dr. Su also diagnoses neuromuscular diseases using electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). He provides EMG/NCS services at the neurology clinic in Hershey and at Penn State Healthy Holy Spirit Medical Center in the West Shore.

    Professional information

    Board certification in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2020)

    Certification in Clinical and Translational Research, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (2016)

    Education/Academic qualification

    Neuromuscular medicine, Fellow, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

    20202021

    Neurology, Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

    20162020

    MD, Penn State College of Medicine

    20142016

    Molecular medicine, PhD, Penn State University Park

    20112014

    Pre-clinical, Penn State College of Medicine

    20092011

    Research Assistant, Yale University

    20082009

    Biology, BS, Yale University

    … → 2008

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