Suzanne Venoski Rybczynski, MD headshot.
Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President-Quality, Patient Safety & Professional Affairs
Phone: 443-923-9440
Kennedy Krieger Institute

707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States


Dr. Rybczynski is Associate Chief Medical Officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is a faculty member at Kennedy Krieger Institute and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rybczynski served from 2010 to 2019 as Medical Director of the inpatient pediatric comprehensive neuro-rehabilitation unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is a pediatric hospitalist whose clinical interests include management of patients following orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation.


Dr. Rybczynski received a Bachelor's of Arts in history from the University of Mississippi in 1991 and her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1995. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas in 1998.

Following her residency, she worked as an attending physician at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She then spent a year as a consultant pediatrician at Mersey Community Hospital in Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia. Following her time in Australia, Dr. Rybczynski returned to her hometown in upstate New York and worked as a general pediatrician for six years. She then moved to Maryland and worked as a general pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist prior to joining the faculty at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2008.

Dr. Rybczynski is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the chair of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Committee.

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Research Publications

M Robinson, CM Ward, BS Shieh, B Armstrong, MA Docimo, X Celedon, S Rybczynski, E Levey, KJ Slifer. Assessment of functional outcomes of an interdisciplinary inpatient pediatric pain rehabilitation program. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (2019)

AK Morrow, DE Tunkel, JM Collaco, SA McGrath‐Morrow, JC Lam, JA Accardo JA, SV Rybczynski The role of polysomnography in decannulation of children with brain and spinal cord injuries Pediatric Pulmonology (2019)

Rybczynski S, Dean J, Melicosta M.  Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Due to Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Epidemiology, Clinical Management, and Implications for Rehabilitation, Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 2017

Rybczynski S, Katz E, Schultz S, Salorio C (2016). Survey of parental acceptance of massage therapy, energy therapy and acupuncture for their children in the acute pediatricinpatient rehabilitation setting. Complement Ther Med. 27, 102-7. Abstract

DiPietro E, Prestwich S, Swearingen T. Medical Emergency Team:  Transitioning from an external response team to an internal response team. Rehabilitation Nursing, 2014; 39, 94-101.

Celedon X, Amari A, Ward C, Prestwich S, Slifer K Children and Adolescents with Chronic Pain and Functional Disability: Use of a Behavioral Rehabilitation Approach, Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 2014; 2, 86–92

Book Chapters

Mc-Grath-Morrow S, Prestwich S, Chapter 16: Neuromuscular Disorders, Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care: A Patient Case Method; Editor: Julianne Perretta, MSEd, RRT-NPS, 2014

Trovato M, Schultz S, Prestwich S, Graham R,  Bosques G, Kramer M,  Sadowsky C, Pidcock F. Chapter 13: Rehabilitation of a Child with Critical Illness, Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care: 6th edition, Editors:  Donald H. Shaffner MD,  David G. Nichols MD, 2016

Media Releases

Wood, M (2018, April 10) Saving Pediatric Pain Patients from the Opioid Epidemic.  Retrieved from

Children’s Hospital Today (2018, April 11) A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Chronic Pain in Pediatric Patients.  Retrieved from