Susan E. Rushing M.D., J.D.

Susan E. Rushing


3535 Market St, 4th Floor 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(610) 726-1020

susan.rushingmdjd@gmail.com

Dr. Susan E. Rushing is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. She is an attending psychiatrist for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Emergency Evaluation Center and Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Service and for the Penn Behavioral Health Forensic Psychiatry Service.

Dr. Rushing is actively involved in resident and medical student education at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and in Penn's psychiatry residency programs as the course director for Forensic Psychiatry. She lectures on topics of law and medicine around the country with focus in decision making capacity, surrogate decision maker laws, criminal law and mental illness. Dr. Rushing's research investigates traumatic brain injury and violent behavior. She is currently conducting a study of brain structure and function of persons accused of capital murder. Dr. Rushing has served as an expert witness in criminal, civil, and administrative matters.

Dr. Rushing earned her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her M.D. at Yale School of Medicine, and her J.D. at Stanford Law School. Dr. Rushing completed her internship in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center and residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also trained in forensic psychiatry and was a Clinical Research Scholar. As a resident at Penn, she cared for adults and children at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Pennsylvania Hospital, the Philadelphia Veteran's Administration (VA) Medical Center and the Center for Cognitive Therapy (CCT). She trained in specialty clinics for treatment resistent depression, women's mood disorders during pregnancy and post-partum, and the evaluation of cognitive impairment including MCI and dementia.

Dr. Rushing has also served on the medical-legal committee of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System and on the ethics committee for the Hospital of the University of Pennyslvania. She is on the faculty of the Center for Neuroscience & Society and a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She is also the founder of Holistic Cognitive Consultants, LLP.

Prior to medical residency, she was an associate attorney in the Life Sciences Litigation Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco.

Dr. Rushing is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN). She is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.