Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH

Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, and director of the Regional Autism Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders(ASD), Quality improvement
Locations: Specialty Care, Market Street
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


    Child Development - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
    Child Development - John F. Kennedy Institute John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Board Certification

    Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

    Section Chief, Child Development

    Director, Regional Autism Center

  • Conditions Treated
  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Prevalence and etiology of autism
    Complementary and alternative treatments of autism
    Shared decision making and autism

  • Publications


    Kurtz LK, Dowrick PW, Levy SE, Batshaw ML, editors. Children's Seashore House handbook of developmental disabilities. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers; 1996.



    Hyman SL, Levy SE. Autism spectrum disorders. In: Batshaw ML, Roizen NJ,Gaetano RL. Children with disabilities. 7th ed. Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.; 2011.


    Hyman SL, Levy SE. Dietary, complementary and alternative therapies. In: Amaral DG, Dawson G, Geschwind DH, editors. Autism spectrum disorders. NY: Oxford University Press; 2010.

    Hyman SL, Levy SE. Complementary and alternative treatments. In: Volkmar F, editor. Evidence-based practices in autism. NY: Springer Publishing Company; 2010.


    Levy SE, O’Rourke MW. The technological assistance: innovations for independence. In: Batshaw ML, Perett Y, editors. Children with disabilities. 5th ed. Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.; 2002.


    Levy SE. Making the most of doctor visits. In: Batshaw ML, editor. When your child has a disability. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.; 2001.  


    Levy SE. Office developmental screening. In: Schwartz MW, Curry T, Sargent AJ, Blum NJ, Fein JA, editors. Pediatric primary care: a problem oriented approach. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.; 1997.

    Levy SE, O’Rourke MW. The technological assistance: innovations for independence. In: Batshaw ML, Perett Y, editors. Children with disabilities. 4th ed. Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.;1997.


    Levy SE. Non-pharmacologic management of disorders of ehavior and Attention. In Capute AJ & Accardo P, editors. Developmental disabilities in infancy and childhood. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company; 1996.


    Levy SE, Pilmer SL. The technology-assisted child. In: Batshaw ML, Perett Y, editors. Children with disabilities. 3rd ed. Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.;1992.


    Levy SE. Non-pharmacologic management of disorders of behavior and attention. In: Capute AJ, Accardo P, editors. Developmental disabilities in infancy and childhood. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company; 1991.


    Levy SE. Office developmental screening. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Pediatric primary care: a problem oriented approach. 2nd ed. Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers;1990.


    Levy SE. Office developmental diagnosis. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Principles and practice of clinical pediatrics. Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers; 1987.

    Levy SE. Early intervention. In Schwartz MW, editor. Principles and practice of clinical pediatrics. Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers; 1987



    Levy SE, Colantonio S, Reed H, Stein G, Frasso R, Barg F,et al. Shared decision making (SDM) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) [abstract presentation]. IMFAR 2012: International Meeting for Autism Research; 2012 May 17-19; Toronto, Canada.


    Pinto-Martin J, Levy S, Feldman J, Lorenz JM, Paneth N, Whitaker A. Screening and diagnostic prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in adult low birth weight survivors [abstract presentation].  IMFAR 2010: International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.



    Neale BM, Kou Y, Liu L, Ma'ayan A, Samocha KE, Sabo A, et al. Patterns and rates of exonic de novo mutations in autism spectrum disorders. Nature. 2012 Apr 4;485(7397):242-5. doi: 10.1038/nature11011. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22495311. Read the abstract

    Nagae LM, Zarnow DM, Blaskey L, Dell J, Khan SY, Qasmieh S, et al. Elevated mean diffusivity in the left hemisphere superior longitudinal fasciculus in autism spectrum disorders increases with more profound language impairment. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. Epub 2012 Apr 5. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22492573. Read the abstract

    Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Year 2008 Principal Investigators; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders--Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 sites, United States, 2008. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2012 Mar 30;61(3):1-19. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22456193. Read the article

    Schendel DE, Diguiseppi C, Croen LA, Fallin MD, Reed PL, Schieve LA, et al. The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED): A Multisite Epidemiologic Study of Autism by the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) Network. J Autism Dev Disord. Epub 2012 Feb 17. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22350336.


    Sell NK, Giarelli E, Blum N, Hanlon AL, Levy SE. A comparison of autism spectrum disorder DSM-IV criteria and associated features among African American and white children in Philadelphia County. Disabil Health J. 2012 Jan;5(1):9-17. Epub 2011 Oct 29. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22226293. Read the abstract

    Maenner MJ, Arneson CL, Levy SE, Kirby RS, Nicholas JS, Durkin MS. Brief report: Association Between Behavioral Features and Gastrointestinal Problems Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Oct 20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22012246. Read the abstract

    Pinto-Martin JA, Levy SE, Feldman JF, Lorenz JM, Paneth N, Whitaker AH. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in adolescents born weighing <2000 grams. Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128(5):883-91. Epub 2011 Oct 17. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22007018. Read the abstract

    Roberts TP, Cannon KM, Tavabi K, Blaskey L, Khan SY, Monroe JF, et al. Auditory magnetic mismatch field latency: a biomarker for language impairment in autism. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Aug 1;70(3):263-9. Epub 2011 Mar 9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21392733. Read the abstract


    Giarelli E, Wiggins LD, Rice CE, Levy SE, Kirby RS, Pinto-Martin J, et al. Sex differences in the evaluation and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders among children. Disabil Health J. 2010 Apr;3(2):107-16. Epub 2009 Nov 8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21122776. Read the abstract

    Durkin MS, Maenner MJ, Meaney FJ, Levy SE, DiGuiseppi C, Nicholas JS, et al. Socioeconomic inequality in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder: evidence from a U.S. cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2010 Jul 12;5(7):e11551. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20634960. Read the article

    Levy SE, Giarelli E, Lee LC, Schieve LA, Kirby RS, Cunniff C,et al. Autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring developmental, psychiatric, and medical conditions among children in multiple populations of the United States. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 May;31(4):267-75. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20431403. Read the abstract

    Buie T, Campbell DB, Fuchs GJ 3rd, Furuta GT, Levy J, Vandewater J, et al. Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in individuals with ASDs: a consensus report. Pediatrics. 2010 Jan;125 Suppl 1:S1-18. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20048083.  Read the article

    Roberts TP, Khan SY, Rey M, Monroe JF, Cannon K, Blaskey L, et al. MEG detection of delayed auditory evoked responses in autism spectrum disorders: towards an imaging biomarker for autism. Autism Res. 2010 Feb;3(1):8-18. Cited in PubMed;PMCID: PMC3099241. Read the article

    Souders MC, Mason TB, Valladares O, Bucan M, Levy SE, Mandell DS, et al. Sleep behaviors and sleep quality in children with autism spectrum disorders. Sleep. 2009 Dec 1;32(12):1566-78. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC2786040.  Read the article

    Posters and Presentations


    Levy, SE. Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for autism spectrum disorders [presentation]. Grand Rounds, Stony Brook University; 2011 Jun1; Stony Brook, New York.

    Levy SE. Has the prevalence of autism plateaued? Why or why not? [presentation]. The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXIII. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; 2011 Mar 28; Baltimore, MD.

    Levy SE. Texas Autism Summit [panel discussion]. 2011 Jan 25; Austin TX.



    Levy SE. Diagnostic evaluation of young children with possible ASDs [presentation, keynote speaker]. Symposium on Autism, Elwyn and Woods Services; 2010 Dec;  Langhorne, PA.

    Levy SE. Complementary and alternative medicine in children with autism and other developmental disabilities. AAP National Conference and Exhibition; 2010 Oct 2-5; San Francisco, CA.

    Levy SE. Complementary and alternative medical therapy for ASDs. PRISMS (Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome) Research Alliance Meeting; 2010 May; Elwyn, PA.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    Ad hoc reviewer

    2008-present, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    2008-present, Journal Autism and Developmental Disabilities
    2008-present, Journal Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
    2008-present, Journal of Pediatrics
    2008-present, Lancet