Susan Perlman, M.D.

David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles & UCLA Health

Susan Perlman, M.D., is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of the UCLA Ataxia and Neurogenetics Clinical Trials Programs and Post-Polio Program. Leveraging three decades as a clinical professor of Neurology, Dr. Perlman is an expert in building subspecialty clinics that diagnose and treat patients living with rare, progressive, and incurable disorders, including Friedreich’s ataxia, Huntington’s disease, and all types of genetic and non-genetic cerebellar ataxias, such as A-T. She has long been a site primary investigator for Friedreich’s ataxia trials, sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Ataxia Foundation, and will participate as an investigator in Quince’s upcoming Phase 3 clinical trial of its lead asset, EryDex. Dr. Perlman currently oversees four natural history studies and serves as an investigator for numerous clinical trials as she works to spearhead the development of disease-modifying therapies to address the significant unmet needs in rare disease. She began her specialty work in chronic diseases of the neuromuscular system, including muscular dystrophy, spinal cord diseases, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Perlman was awarded the Sherman M. Mellinkoff Faculty Award at the Hippocratic Oath ceremony of the graduating class of 2008, which is considered the highest faculty distinction at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She received a M.D. from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and completed a residency in Neurology and a two-year Muscular Dystrophy Association fellowship in Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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