Suzanne Pitts

PSY­CHI­A­TRIST

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Suzanne Pitts, 62, who grew up in the Washington area and spent many years as a psy­chi­a­trist in War­ren­ton and Culpeper, Va., died Jan. 15 at Cap­i­tal Hospice in Ar­ling­ton County. She had ovar­ian can­cer.

Dr. Pitts, a War­ren­ton res­i­dent, spent her early ca­reer do­ing clin­i­cal work in wildlife stud­ies for the In­te­rior Depart­ment and then work­ing in safe han­dling and dis­posal of bio­haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als at the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health.

In 1985, she re­turned to school and the next year earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land. She was a 1990 grad­u­ate of Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity’s med­i­cal school and be­came chief res­i­dent in psy­chi­a­try at the Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal.

She was a psy­chi­a­trist in res­i­dence at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia hos­pi­tal in Char­lottesville from 1994 to 1997, af­ter which she opened her psy­chi­atric prac­tices in Fauquier and Culpeper coun­ties to pro­vide psy­chi­atric as­sis­tance to un­der­served ru­ral ar­eas.

From 2004 to 2009, she also pro­vided psy­chi­atric help to in­mates at the Cof­fee­wood prison in Mitchells, Va.

Suzanne Pitts was born in Washington and raised in Gar­rett Park and Chevy Chase. She was a 1966 grad­u­ate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and 1971 grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land.

Her mar­riage to Bryan Poms ended in divorce.

Sur­vivors in­clude a son, Dustin Poms of Wil­liams­burg; her fa­ther and step­mother, Harry and Carol Pitts of An­napo­lis; and four broth­ers, Harry Col­lier of Den­ver, An­drew Pitts of Ar­ling­ton, Dou­glas Pitts of Da­m­as­cus and Matthew Pitts of Bal­ti­more.

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