Suzanne Pitts, psychiatrist

Saturday, January 22, 2011; 6:27 PM

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.

- Adam Bernstein

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