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Susan Bressman

  • PROFESSOR Neurology
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  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Residency, Neurology
    Neurological Institute

  • Fellowship, Movement Disorder
    Neurological Institute


    Susan B. Bressman, MD holds the Alan and Joan Mirken Chair and is the Mount Sinai Health System Vice - Chair for the Department of Neurology and Chair for the Departments of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Roosevelt Hospitals; she is also a Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is recognized for her work identifying genes and characterizing phenotypes, including the identification of dystonia genes, as well as Parkinson’s disease genotype phenotype studies. Her current research is focused on identifying diagnostic and progression markers and disease pathways for Parkinson’s disease, especially the LRRK2 and GBA genetic subtypes. She also continues to work on gene identification for dystonia, tremor and other movement disorders.

    Dr Bressman attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and received her postgraduate and fellowship training at Columbia’s Neurological Institute.  She has authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, is a co-editor of two books, and has been a named by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and The New York Times as a Best Doctor. In 2014 Castle Connolly recognized her with their Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence. She was a Director of the American Academy of Neurology and associate editor for Movement Disorders, and has served or serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.




Fuchs T, Saunders-Pullman R, Masuho I, Luciano MS, Raymond D, Factor S, Lang AE, Liang TW, Trosch RM, White S, Ainehsazan E, Hervé D, Sharma N, Ehrlich ME, Martemyanov KA, Bressman SB, Ozelius LJ. Mutations in GNAL cause primary torsion dystonia. Nature genetics 2013 Jan; 45(1).

Carbon M, Raymond D, Ozelius L, Saunders-Pullman R, Frucht S, Dhawan V, Bressman S, Eidelberg D. Metabolic changes in DYT11 myoclonus-dystonia. Neurology 2013 Jan; 80(4).

Gan-Or Z, Ozelius LJ, Bar-Shira A, Saunders-Pullman R, Mirelman A, Kornreich R, Gana-Weisz M, Raymond D, Rozenkrantz L, Deik A, Gurevich T, Gross SJ, Schreiber-Agus N, Giladi N, Bressman SB, Orr-Urtreger A. The p.L302P mutation in the lysosomal enzyme gene SMPD1 is a risk factor for Parkinson disease. Neurology 2013 Apr; 80(17).

Alcalay RN, Mirelman A, Saunders-Pullman R, Tang MX, Mejia Santana H, Raymond D, Roos E, Orbe-Reilly M, Gurevich T, Bar Shira A, Gana Weisz M, Yasinovsky K, Zalis M, Thaler A, Deik A, Barrett MJ, Cabassa J, Groves M, Hunt AL, Lubarr N, San Luciano M, Miravite J, Palmese C, Sachdev R, Sarva H, Severt L, Shanker V, Swan MC, Soto-Valencia J, Johannes B, Ortega R, Fahn S, Cote L, Waters C, Mazzoni P, Ford B, Louis E, Levy O, Rosado L, Ruiz D, Dorovski T, Pauciulo M, Nichols W, Orr-Urtreger A, Ozelius L, Clark L, Giladi N, Bressman S, Marder KS. Parkinson disease phenotype in Ashkenazi Jews with and without LRRK2 G2019S mutations. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society 2013 Dec; 28(14).

Saunders-Pullman R, Fuchs T, San Luciano M, Raymond D, Brashear A, Ortega R, Deik A, Ozelius LJ, Bressman SB. Heterogeneity in primary dystonia: lessons from THAP1, GNAL, and TOR1A in Amish-Mennonites. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society 2014 May; 29(6).

Vacic V, Ozelius LJ, Clark LN, Bar-Shira A, Gana-Weisz M, Gurevich T, Gusev A, Kedmi M, Kenny EE, Liu X, Mejia-Santana H, Mirelman A, Raymond D, Saunders-Pullman R, Desnick RJ, Atzmon G, Burns ER, Ostrer H, Hakonarson H, Bergman A, Barzilai N, Darvasi A, Peter I, Guha S, Lencz T, Giladi N, Marder K, Pe'er I, Bressman SB, Orr-Urtreger A. Genome-wide mapping of IBD segments in an Ashkenazi PD cohort identifies associated haplotypes. Human molecular genetics 2014 Sep; 23(17).

Barrett MJ, Shanker VL, Severt WL, Raymond D, Gross SJ, Schreiber-Agus N, Kornreich R, Ozelius LJ, Bressman SB, Saunders-Pullman R. Cognitive and Antipsychotic Medication Use in Monoallelic GBA-Related Parkinson Disease. JIMD reports 2014; 16.

Vo A, Sako W, Niethammer M, Carbon M, Bressman SB, Uluğ AM, Eidelberg D. Thalamocortical Connectivity Correlates with Phenotypic Variability in Dystonia. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) 2014 May;.

Gupte M, Alcalay RN, Mejia-Santana H, Raymond D, Saunders-Pullman R, Roos E, Orbe-Reily M, Tang MX, Mirelman A, Ozelius L, Orr-Urtreger A, Clark L, Giladi N, Bressman S, Marder K. Interest in Genetic Testing in Ashkenazi Jewish Parkinson's Disease Patients and Their Unaffected Relatives. Journal of genetic counseling 2014 Aug;.

Agalliu I, San Luciano M, Mirelman A, Giladi N, Waro B, Aasly J, Inzelberg R, Hassin-Baer S, Friedman E, Ruiz-Martinez J, Marti-Masso JF, Orr-Urtreger A, Bressman S, Saunders-Pullman R. Higher Frequency of Certain Cancers in LRRK2 G2019S Mutation Carriers With Parkinson Disease: A Pooled Analysis. JAMA neurology 2015 Jan; 72(1).

Alcalay RN, Mejia-Santana H, Mirelman A, Saunders-Pullman R, Raymond D, Palmese C, Caccappolo E, Ozelius L, Orr-Urtreger A, Clark L, Giladi N, Bressman S, Marder K. Neuropsychological performance in LRRK2 G2019S carriers with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & related disorders 2015 Feb; 21(2).

Saunders-Pullman R, Mirelman A, Wang C, Alcalay RN, San Luciano M, Ortega R, Raymond D, Mejia-Santana H, Ozelius L, Clark L, Orr-Utreger A, Marder K, Giladi N, Bressman SB. Olfactory identification in LRRK2 G2019S mutation carriers: a relevant marker?. Annals of clinical and translational neurology 2014 Sep; 1(9).

Gan-Or Z, Amshalom I, Kilarski LL, Bar-Shira A, Gana-Weisz M, Mirelman A, Marder K, Bressman S, Giladi N, Orr-Urtreger A. Differential effects of severe vs mild GBA mutations on Parkinson disease. Neurology 2015 Feb;.

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