Xiaowei Su, MD, PhD

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    Research interests

    Dr. Xiaowei Su’s research focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). He has a specific interest in machine learning techniques using ALS biomarkers to improve predictions for disease progression and survival. He has participated in multicenter collaborations investigating disease biomarkers to better understand ALS pathophysiology.

    He is involved in clinical trials investigating new therapies, remote monitoring and quality of life. He recruits for multicenter clinical trials for new treatments in patients with ALS. He has additional training in patient-centered trial design, operations, and analysis through the Penn State Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Su is also interested in the bioethics of care delivery, clinical trials and medical genetics. This research attempts to ensure equitable access to healthcare as well as the availability of new medical advances to the maximum number of individuals who may benefit.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Xiaowei Su treats a broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases including motor neuron disorders (ALS); muscle diseases (dystrophies, metabolic muscle disorders, and acquired myopathies); neuromuscular junction disorders (myasthenia gravis); and autoimmune peripheral nerve diseases (Guillain-Barre disease and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, CIDP).

    He works in the Penn State Health Hershey Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic with a team of dedicated ALS nurses, psychologists, chaplains, speech and respiratory therapists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers to care for the complex needs of patients with ALS.

    Dr. Su also diagnoses neuromuscular diseases using electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). He provides EMG/NCS services at the neurology clinic in Hershey and at Penn State Healthy Holy Spirit Medical Center in the West Shore.

    Professional information

    Board certification in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2020)

    Certification in Clinical and Translational Research, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (2016)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Neuromuscular medicine, Fellow, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


    Neurology, Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)


    MD, Penn State College of Medicine


    Molecular medicine, PhD, Penn State University Park


    Pre-clinical, Penn State College of Medicine


    Research Assistant, Yale University


    Biology, BS, Yale University

    … → 2008


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