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Susanna M. Nazarian, MD, PhD
Transplant Surgery

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Administrative Office:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Founders
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Shannon Holloway
Administrative Telephone: 215-662-4912
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Patient Appointments: 215-662-4912

Clinical Offices:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
West Pavilion, 2nd Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia
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Surgical Business Office
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Dr. Susanna M. Nazarian, Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in Seattle and graduated from Lakeside School as a National Merit Scholar in 1993. She received a Morehead-Cain Award to attend the University of North Carolina where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Biochemistry (Highest Honors) and a BA in Comparative Literature in 1997. While there she was three times All-American and four times Atlantic Coast Conference champion in Cross Country and Track and Field. She captained the Women’s Cross Country team and received the E.J. Evans Award and the Jim Tatum Memorial Award. More recently, she has been inducted into UNC’s Hall of Honor and named one of the Top 50 Athletes of All Time in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field. While at UNC, her efforts as Chair of the Honor Court were recognized with the Ferebee Taylor Award. She was elected to the school’s oldest and highest honor society, The Order of the Golden Fleece. She pursued her medical studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continued there for Halsted Surgical Residency and Abdominal Transplant Surgery fellowship which she completed in 2013. During residency, she received a PhD from the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009. She joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2015.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Nazarian serves as Associate Clerkship Director for the Perelman School of Medicine’s Surgical Clerkship. Her interests in Quality Improvement are borne out in her role as Transplant Surgery Representative on the Rhoads 4 Unit Based Clinical Leadership group and participation in the Surgery Quality Committee. She leads Transplant Governance for the University of Pennsylvania Electronic Health Record Transformation Team. Dr. Nazarian initiated and continues to guide a partnership with the Emergency Department Observation Unit to reduce dramatically the number of kidney transplant readmissions. Locally, she co-chairs the Mock Orals committee of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Surgery. Nationally, she serves on the Leadership Committee of the Association for Academic Surgery and on the Bylaws Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgery. She is a member of the Association for Surgical Education, Association for Academic Surgery, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Nazarian specializes in kidney transplantation and peritoneal and hemodialysis access surgery. She has recently expanded her access surgery practice to the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is passionate about transplantation and access surgery, and continually seeks to provide the highest level of patient care.

Dr. Nazarian is married to Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania. They reside outside of Philadelphia with their daughter and son.

Faculty Appointments
2015 - present Assistant Professor
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 - 2015 Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2017 - present Active Surgoen
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015 - present Active Surgoen
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 - 2015 Attending Surgeon
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington
2006 - 2009 PhD - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
(Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation)
1999 - 2003 MD - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1993 - 1997 BS - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
(Biochemistry and Comparative Literature - Highest Honors and Distinction)
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2011 - 2013 Fellowship in Abdominal Transplantation
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland
2004 - 2011 Residency in General Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland
2003 - 2004 Internship in General Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland
Other Training
2017 Dr. Edward S. Cooper Leadership Training Program, a Perelman School of Medicine-Wharton Leadership Program collaboration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(invited to participate in this 3-day course)
2017 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Operations Improvement Yellow Belt Performance Improvement PIEPS (Performance Improvement for Everyday Problem Solving) Training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(invited to participate in this 2-day course)
2017 PD University:  A two‐fold approach to training
general surgeons to place catheters for peritoneal dialysis using laparoscopic techniques
Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, Tampa, Florida
(1-day course, 7.75 CME hours)
2017 HPR 611-002:  Implementation Science Institute
Master of Science in Health Policy Research, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(3-day course, 0.5 credits)
2017 EP575:  Introduction to Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Pereleman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(spring semester, once weekly for 3 hours, 1 credit)
2015 - 2016 MTR 510:  Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(yearlong course, once weekly for 1.5 hours, 0.5 credits)
2015 Penn Medicine Leadership Forum:
Performance Improvement in Action:  Increasing Effectiveness and Efficiency of Communication- Positive Deceased Donor Cultures, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(multiple sessions, 20 CME hours)
2015 - 2016 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research
Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National/International Societies
2017 - present Association for Surgical Education
2015 - present Association for Academic Surgery
Leadership Committee
2015 - present American Society of Transplant Surgery
Bylaws Committee
2014 - present OPTN/ UNOS
Region 6 Representative, Operations & Safety Committee, 2014-2016
UNOS Infectious Disease Verification Work Group, 2014-2016
UNOS TransNet Work Group, 2014-2016
Living Donor Committee 2017-present
2014 - present American College of Surgeons, Associate Fellow
2014 - present American Society of Transplantation
2011 - present  American Society of Transplant Surgeons
2008 Society for Vascular Surgery: Research Chair, General Surgery Resident Section
Local/Regional Societies
2015 - present Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
2014 - 2015 Seattle Surgical Society

The overarching aims of Dr. Nazarian’s research are to understand the genetic underpinnings of transplant outcomes and to increase the accessibility, effectiveness and safety of renal transplantation.

With the Penn Transplant Genomics group, she is working to identify novel factors influencing transplantation outcomes. With other Penn scientists, she aims to identify kidney cell phenotypic factors using single cell RNA sequencing as part of the national (Re)Building a Kidney collaborative. In other study, she seeks to clarify the relationship between tacrolimus pharmacokinetics and the pharmacodynamics of IL-2 in African American kidney recipients.

Dr. Nazarian is dedicated to improving the patient experience and outcomes for kidney transplant recipients. With mHealth Labs of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, Dr. Nazarian helped design My Transplant app which she hopes will help guide patients through the pre-, peri- and post-transplant process. With colleagues from transplant nephrology and hepatology, she plans to use this app to study transplant recipient fitness. She is working with a team of Penn anesthesiologists on a video to educate transplant patients on what to expect postoperatively and to improve postoperative pain control and practices.

Dr. Nazarian’s research interests also include investigation into the pathophysiology of arteriovenous fistula aneurysm formation, for which she is partnering with Penn interventional radiologists.

Dr. Nazarian’s research is funded in part by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and from the McCabe Fund of the University of Pennsylvania.

(Some published under maiden name, Susanna Lovell Matsen)
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Goldberg DS, Abt PL, Blumberg EA, Van Deerlin VM, Levine M, Reddy KR, Bloom RD, Nazarian SM, Sawinski D, Porrett P, Naji A, Hasz R, Suplee L, Trofe-Clark J, Sicilia A, McCauley M, Farooqi M, Gentile C, Smith J, Reese PP.  Trial of transplantation of HCV-infected kidneys into uninfected recipients.  N Engl J Med 2017.
  2. Bromberger B, Spragan D, Hashmi S, Morrison A, Thomasson A, Nazarian SM, Sawinski D, Porrett P.  Pregnancy-induced sensitization promotes gender disparity in living donor kidney transplantation.   J Am Soc Nephrol 2017. 
  3. Koyawala N, Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Wang W, Hill AS, Reiter JG, Niknam BA, Even-Shoshan O, Bloom RD, Sawinski D, Nazarian SM, Trofe-Clark J, Lim MA, Schold JD, Reese PP.  Comparing outcomes between antibody induction therapies in kidney transplantation.  J Am Soc Nephrol 2017.
  4. Kakouros N, Nazarian SM, Stadler PB, Kickler TS, Rade JJ.  Risk factors for non-platelet thromboxane generation after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2016;4(3).
  5. Nazarian SM, Reese PP.  Insights from a ten-year, prospective study of live kidney donors.  Transpl Int 2015 Nov;28(11):1265-7.
  6. Berli JU, Montgomery JR, Segev DL, Ratner LE, Maley WR, Cooper M, Melancon JK, Burdick J, Desai NM, Dagher NN, Lonze BE, Nazarian SM, Montgomery RA.  Surgical management of early and late ureteral complications after renal transplantation: techniques and outcomes.  Clin Transplant. 2015 Jan;29(1):26-33.
  7. Lonze BE, Zachary AA, Magro CM, Desai NM, Orandi BJ, Dagher NN, Singer AL, Carter-Monroe N, Nazarian SM, Segev DL, Streiff MB, Montgomery RA.  Eculizumab prevents recurrent antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and enables successful renal transplantation.  Am J Transplant. 2014 Feb;14(2):459-65.
  8. Nazarian SM, Misch EA, Rakita RM, Limaye AP.  Optimal immunosuppression for HIV-positive kidney transplants:  long-term randomized controlled trials needed.  Transplantation 2014;97(12):e70.
  9. Bagnasco SM, Zachary AA, Racusen LC, Arend LJ, Carter-Monroe N, Alachkar N, Nazarian SM, Lonze BE, Montgomery RA, Kraus ED.  Time course of pathologic changes in kidney allografts of positive crossmatch HLA-incompatible transplant recipients.  Transplantation 2014;97(4):440-5.
  10. Sharif A, Kraus ES, Zachary AA, Lonze BE, Nazarian SM, Segev DL, Alachkar N, Arend LJ, Bagnasco SM, Racusen LC, Montgomery RA.  Histologic phenotype on 1-year post-transplantation biopsy and allograft survival in HLA-incompatible kidney transplants.  Transplantation 2014;97(5):541-7.
  11. Likes L, Rochlin D, Nazarian SM, Streiff MB, Freischlag JA.  Females with subclavian vein thrombosis have an increased risk of hypercoagulability.  JAMA Surg 2013;148(1):44-9.
  12. McLean RC*, Nazarian SM*, Gluckman TJ, Schulman SP, Thiemann DR, Shapiro EP, Conte JV, Thompson JB, Shafique I, McNicholas K, Villines TC, Rade JJ.  Relative importance of patient, procedural and anatomic risk factors for early vein graft thrombosis after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  J Cardiovasc Surg 2011;52:877-85.  *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  13. Stojadinovic A, Ahuja N, Nazarian SM, Segev DL, Jacobs L, Wang Y, Eberhardt J, Zeiger MA.  [Review] Translational research in surgical disease.  Arch Surg 2010;145(2):187-96.
  14. Nazarian SM, Thompson JB, Gluckman TJ, Laws K, Jani JT, Kickler TS, Rade JJ. Clinical and laboratory factors associated with shear-dependent platelet hyper-reactivity in patients on chronic aspirin therapy.  Thromb Res 2010;126(5):379-83.
  15. Nazarian SM, Yenokyan G, Thompson RE, Griswold ME, Chang DC, Perler BA.  Statistical modeling of the volume-outcome effect for carotid endarterectomy for 10 years of a statewide database.J Vasc Surg 2008;48(2):343-50.
  16. Segev DL, Sozio SM, Shin EJ, Nazarian SM, Nathan H, Thuluvath PJ, Montgomery RA, Cameron AM, Maley WR.  Steroid avoidance in liver transplantation: meta-analysis and meta-regression of randomized trials.  Liver Transpl 2008;14(4):512-525.
  17. Chang DC, Lidor AO, Matsen SL, Freischlag JA.  Reported in-hospital complications following rib resections for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.  Ann Vasc Surg 2007;21(5):564-70.
  18. Chang DC, Matsen SL, Simpkins C.  Why should surgeons care about clinical research methodology?  J Am Coll Surg 2006,203(6):827-30.
  19. Matsen SL, Chang DC, Perler BA, Roseborough GS, Williams GM.  Trends in the in-hospital stroke rate following carotid endarterectomy in California and Maryland.  J Vasc Surg 2006;44(3):488-93.
  20. Matsen SL, Krosnick TA, Roseborough GS, Perler BA, Webb TH, Chang DC, Williams GM.  Preoperative and intraoperative determinates of incisional bulge following retroperitoneal aortic repair.  Ann Vasc Surg 2006;20(2):183-7.
  21. Matsen SL, Yeo CJ, Hruban RH, Choti MA.  Hypercalcemia and pancreatic endocrine neoplasia with elevated PTH-rP: report of two new cases and subject review.  [Case Report] J Gastrointest Surg 2005;9(2):270-9.
  22. Matsen SL, Perler BA, Chang DC.  A preliminary clinical scale to predict the risk of in-hospital death following carotid endarterectomy.  J Vasc Surg 2005 42(5):861-8.
  23. Matsen SL, Messina LM, Laberge JM, Gordon RL, Kerlan RK Jr, Schneider DB.  SIR 2003 Film Panel Case 7:  Arterial thoracic outlet syndrome presenting with upper extremity emboli and posterior circulation stroke.  J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Jun;14(6):807-812
  24. Matsen SL, Perler BA, Brown PM, Roseborough GS, Williams GM.  The distribution of carotid endarterectomy procedures among surgeons and hospitals in New York state:  is regionalization of specialized vascular care occurring?  J Vasc Surg 2002;36(6):1146-53.
  25. Matsen SL, Malchow D, Matsen FA 3rd.  Correlations with patients’ perspectives of the result of lower-extremity amputation. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2000;82-A(8):1089-1095.
  26. Matsen, SL.  A closer look at amputees in Vietnam:  a field survey of Vietnamese using prostheses.  Prosthet Orthot Int 1999;23(2):93-101.
Book Chapters, Monographs:
  1. Goldshore M, Nazarian SM.  Transplantation for the general surgeon.  Scientific American Surgery.  Ashley, SW, ed.  DECKERx 2017.
  2. Nazarian SM.  Contributing author.  The Johns Hopkins ABSITE Review Manual, 2nd edition.  Meguid RA, Van Arendonk KJ, Lipsett PA, eds.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.
  3. Nazarian SM, Singer AL.  The role of liver transplantation in portal hypertension.  In:  Current Surgical Therapy, 11th edition, Cameron JL, Cameron AM eds.  Philadelphia:  Elsevier, 2014.
  4. Matsen SL.  Do not ascribe an increased serum lactate level to renal insufficiency.  In Avoiding Common ICU Errors, Marcucci L, Martinez EA, Haut ER, Slonim AD, Suarez JI, eds, p. 532-3.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
  5. Matsen SL.  Do not place femoral arterial lines or venous catheters above the inguinal ligament or below the thigh crease.  In Avoiding Common ICU Errors, Marcucci L, Martinez EA, Haut ER, Slonim AD, Suarez JI, eds, p. 191-2.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
  6. Matsen SL, Haut ER.  Use bronchoscopic guidance for bedside percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT).  In Avoiding Common ICU Errors, Marcucci L, Martinez EA, Haut ER, Slonim AD, Suarez JI, eds., p. 256-8.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
  7. Matsen SL, Black JH III.  Endovascular repair of thoracic aortic pathology:  a new approach to aneurysm, dissection, ulceration and traumatic lesions.  In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Yuh DD, Vricella LA, Baumgartner W, eds, p. 753-770.   New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
  1. Predictors of early saphenous vein graft patency, platelet hyper-reactivity and aspirin-insensitive thromboxane generation in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  Nazarian SM.  Ann Arbor:  Proquest, 2011.
  2. The Johns Hopkins ABSITE Review Manual, Nazarian SM, Meguid RA, Lipsett PA, eds.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2016 Faculty Well-Being Crowdsourcing Challenge:  Collaborate and Innovate Faculty Lounges
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2009 Hall of Honor, Track & Field & Cross Country Member, University of North Carolina
2007 Best All-Around Rider, Category 3, Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association
2002 Top 50 Athletes of All Time in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field, Atlantic Coast Conference
1997 Ferebee Taylor Award, University of North Carolina (“To the member of the senior class who has made the greatest contribution to the continued vitality and strength of the Honor Code in the Community.”)
1996 GTE Academic All-America District II Team, GTE Corporation
1996 Jim Tatum Memorial Award, University of North Carolina (“To the varsity intercollegiate athlete who has performed with distinction in his or her sport and who has contributed to the University community through constructive participation in co-curricular activities.”)  
1996 Merck Index Award for Outstanding Performance in Chemistry, Merck & Co., Inc.
1996 Hyparchos (vice-presiding officer of UNC’s oldest and highest honorary society), Order of the Golden Fleece, University of North Carolina
1996 Chair, Undergraduate Honor Court, University of North Carolina
1996 Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of North Carolina Chapter
1995 Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, University of North Carolina Chapter
1995  Inaugural Member, All-Academic Team, United States Track Coaches Association
1995 Captain, Women’s Cross Country Team, University of North Carolina Cross Country
1994 Member, Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honor society), University of North Carolina Chapter
1994 - 1996 Member, Six ACC Championship Teams, University of North Carolina Track and Field and Cross Country
1994 E.J. Evans Award for Rookie of the Year, University of North Carolina Track and Field
1994 Four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Champion, Atlantic Coast Conference
1994 Three-time NCAA Division I All-American in Track and Field and Cross Country, National Collegiate Athletic Association
1993 - 1995 Academic All-American, National Collegiate Athletic Association
1993 - 1995 Academic All-ACC Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference
1993 - 1997 Dean’s List, University of North Carolina
1993 - 1997 Morehead-Cain Award (4-year full academic scholarship to the University of North Carolina with stipend and summer enrichment programs), Morehead-Cain Foundation
1992 National Merit Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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