Dr. Susko was born and raised in Los Angeles. He lived in Santa Monica in his high school and college years. He attended Loyola High School and Loyola Marymount University. He attended the Ludwig Maximilians University School of Medicine in Munich, Germany, ranked in the top 10 medical schools in the world at the time. Internal medicine residency was at Presbyterian Denver Hospital and included training at the University of Colorado, Denver General Hospital, and Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. He then practiced internal medicine for one year at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles.
He then did a three-year fellowship in rheumatology at LA County USC Medical Center which included physical rehabilitation medicine both at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital and USC University Hospital. He was then hired as full-time faculty at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Susko served their full time for 10 years. Responsibilities were diverse. Clinical responsibilities included a busy outpatient practice. He had primary responsibility for the care of multiple hospitalized patients at the USC University Hospital acute rehabilitation ward. He participated in clinical trials for new drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis, including as principal investigator. He gave lectures to USC medical students every year. He was attending physician for inpatients at LA County USC both for rheumatology and internal medicine for months out of each year supervising a team of physicians at all levels of training. He was a member of the USC Department of Medicine Practice Operations Development Committee, and chairman of a subcommittee.
In 2003, he started his private practice in Santa Monica at Providence St. Johns Health Center. He also taught as voluntary faculty for the Cedars Sinai Medical Center Department of Rheumatology 2003-2014. He was the chairman for the St. Johns Health Center postgraduate assembly, the major annual continuing education lecture series, in 2005 and again in 2015. He has also been invited by Providence St. Johns Health Center to lecture for a timely Rheumatology topic in the community every year since 2010
His extensive academic experience enables him to provide truly exceptional patient care. Dr. Susko is an expert diagnostician. He regularly sees patients seeking a second opinion for that reason. He is a solo practitioner with a caring and competent staff. He provides uniquely personal medical care that is increasingly rare in today's health care environment.