Suzanne Goh, MD
Co-Founder | Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric behavioral neurologist, a neuroscience researcher, and author. She has dedicated her career to researching and developing therapies for neurological conditions that impact childhood brain development. Specializing in the treatment of autism, she is the founder of Cortica, and creator of the Cortica Care Model.
Suzanne Goh was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Harvard University where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History and Science (1993-1997). She went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (1997-1999). In 2004, she graduated from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. Dr. Goh completed her Pediatrics Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her Pediatric Neurology Residency at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Goh completed a postdoctoral Autism Research Fellowship in the Pediatric Brain Imaging Laboratory at Columbia University. She went on to serve as a member of the faculty at Columbia University, as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Goh’s research has focused on mitochondrial and other metabolic features in autism. Through brain imaging studies (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy), she has identified unique aspects of neural circuitry and brain chemistry in autism. Her research has led to publications in leading neuroscience journals, including Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, & Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.
Leader and Educator
At Columbia, Dr. Goh served as Co-Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic for Autism and Related Disorders where she led a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and psychologists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
Dr. Goh is a faculty member of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, where she instructs physicians and other medical professionals from around the globe in best practices for the neurological care of autism and related conditions. She is a frequent speaker for parent advocacy organizations, including TACA and AutismOne. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of California, San Francisco.
In 2013, she published the book Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child with Autism with co-authors Dr. Marion Blank (developmental psychologist) and Susan Deland (parent of a child with autism). The book outlines a powerful home-based, parent-led behavior program for children with autism. She is also co-author of the ASD Language curriculum - a series of educational programs that teach cognition and language to children with autism.
Creator of the Cortica Care Model
The Cortica Care Model is the culmination of Dr. Goh's research experience and clinical practice. This innovative approach combines optimal biomedical treatment with the most effective strategies for advancing cognition, communication, and behavior. Through the program, children achieve more meaningful social interaction, greater capacity for self-regulation, enhanced cognitive function, and improved overall health across all body systems. Over months and years, the treatment program evolves to match a child's new skills and abilities, making possible meaningful progress toward independent living, social relationships, occupation, and recreation.