Joel P. Sussman, M.D. FAAP
Clinical Director; Palmetto Associates for Scholastic Success (P.A.S.S.)
245 Business Park Boulevard                  Columbia, SC 29203           Phone:  (803) 462-1234



A native of Burlington, Vermont, Dr. Joel P. Sussman obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and his M.D. from the University of Vermont. After completing his pediatric residency at the Schneider Children’s Hospital at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, he was Chief of Pediatrics at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. 

Professional Background
Dr. Sussman began his pediatric practice in Columbia, South Carolina and was the founder of Palmetto Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. Dr. Sussman has been working in the field of school dysfunction since his fellowship in Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the University of Florida.  He has lectured widely around the state of South Carolina and nationally, speaking to school faculties, parent groups, university classes, psychologists, social workers and service clubs. He is a reviewer for Pediatrics, the journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves as a clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

Palmetto Associates for Scholastic Success
In 1993, Dr. Sussman retired from his general pediatric practice to devote his career to Palmetto Associates for Scholastic Success (P.A.S.S.), a multi-modal clinic for children with learning and behavior problems. In a short time, more and more of the parents of the children whom he was treating asked for help for similar problems. The practice has evolved to the point where nearly half of the patients are now adults. In treating these adults, Dr. Sussman realized that adult females had different problems than their male counterparts. Dr. Sussman has taken a special interest in these female patients and their unique problems; in addition, he focuses on the many disorders that can accompany ADHD, such as Central Auditory Processing Deficiencies, Sensory Integration problems and problems of mood and various sleep disorders.

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