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Susan Staugaitis, MD, PhD


Susan Staugaitis, MD, PhD

Appointed: 1998

Susan Staugaitis, MD, PhD
Department: Mellen Center
Associate Staff
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code L25
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Susan Staugaitis, MD, PhD
Department: Neurosciences
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code L25
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Susan M. Staugaitis, MD, PhD, is Associate Staff in the Departments of Neurosciences and Anatomic Pathology. She also is Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Staugaitis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, in combined anatomic pathology and neuropathology.

Her research interests are in brain development, glia, multiple sclerosis and glial brain tumors.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Campus
New York, NY USA
Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Campus
Anatomic Pathology & Neuropath
New York, NY USA
Medical School - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA
Doctorate - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA
Graduate - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA
Undergraduate - University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA


  • Anatomic Pathology- Neuropathology
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Pathology Recertification

Specialty Interests

brain tumors, developmental neurobiology


  • American Association of Neuropathologists
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology

Treatment & Services

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Molecular Neuropathology Consultation
  • Muscle And Nerve Pathology Diagnosis
  • Neuropathology Diagnosis and Consultation
  • Tissue Research Consultation

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/4/2014, Dr. Staugaitis has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English