Susie Lew Susie Lew
Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: (202)741-2283
Email: Email
Department: Medicine

Education

  • BS, City University of New York, Brooklyn, 1976
  • MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, 1979

Biography

Susie Lew, M.D., is a professor of medicine at  the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She serves as the director of clinical services at the GW Medical Faculty Associates and medical director for peritoneal dialysis at DaVita K Street.

Dr. Lew received her B.S. from Brooklyn College and her M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her medical education in Internal Medicine at Brookdale Medical Center and her fellowship in Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Lew has been recognized as ‘Top Doctor’ from the Washingtonian Magazine since 2004, “Super Doctors” from the Washington Post since 2011, and “Top Doctors” from US News and World Report in 2013.

Her clinical interest includes peritoneal dialysis, where she cares for the largest number of peritoneal dialysis patients in the DC area. She also has interest in pregnancy related kidney diseases and hypertension, as well as, chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Lew is a Fellow of the American College of Physician, American Society of Nephrology, and National Kidney Foundation, and member of the International Society of Nephrology.

She volunteers at local National Kidney Foundation Health Fairs, and Network 5 Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition as a Medical Review Board member.  Dr. Lew received the National Kidney Foundation Volunteer Service Award in 2013.

While on faculty at the George Washington University, Dr. Lew has been Medical Director of Chronic Hemodialysis (1991-2013);  Medical Director Acute hemodialysis (1991-2002, 2005-2013); Administrative Medical Director Gambro Healthcare (2001-2004); Medical Director, DaVita Village Health (2008-2009);  Director of the Renal Division Fellowship Program (1988-2006);  Committee member on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure for the Department of Medicine (1997- present); Interim Director, division of Renal Ddiseases and Hypertension (2006-2009).

Dr. Lew has consulted for American Board of Internal Medicine (1992-1997); Food and Drug Administration—Devices (since 1996); Amgen Advisory Board (2007-2009); Ortho Biotech Product Advisor (2007); Gambro Renal Products, Inc (2009-2014; and US Food and Drug Administration—Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee (2014-2017) and the American Society of Nephrology.

 
 She reviews for both renal related journals (Kidney International, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Peritoneal Dialysis International, Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis, Clinical Nephrology, and Clinical Kidney Journal) as well as non-renal related journals (International Medical Case Reports Journal, Journal of Diabetes and Endocrinology, British Medical Journal Case Reports, and  Saudi Medical Journal)

Training:
  • Residency:   Brookdale Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 1979 -1982
  • Nephrology Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 1982 - 1985

Clinical Service:

  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Pregnancy and chronic kidney disease/hypertension
  • Hemodialysis
  • Continuous renal replacement
  • Plasmapheresis, Plasma exchange
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Acute kidney disease
  • Electrolyte disorders

Expertise:

  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Continuous renal replacement
  • Plasmapheresis, Plasma exchange
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Acute kidney disease
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Pregnancy and chronic kidney disease/hypertension
  • Telehealth
Presentations
June 2021 “Telemedicina para pacientes con ERC y dialysis”
“Telemedicine for CKD and dialysis patients (protocolized visit and challenges”
Instituto Mexiano de Investigaciones Nefrológicas
XLVIII Curso de actualización en nefrología IMIN 2021 (virtual)
Nov 2021 “The optimal PD initiation plan: standard, incremental, acute, and urgent start” American Society of Nephrology 2021 Kidney Week, Virtual
Feb 2023 “Optimal peritoneal dialysis initiation plan: standard, incremental, acute, and urgent start” Innovative Renal Care/American Renal Associates, St. Pete Beach, FL
May 2023 “Optimizing the use of telehealth in nephrology” Nephro-economics 2023” Columbia University, (virtual)
May 2023 “Remote monitoring/telehealth in home dialysis patients” Future directions in ESKD care, University of Chicago (virtual)

Leadership/National Membership
  • Fellow of American College of Physicians, Fellow of American Society of Nephrology,
  • Medical Review Board: Quality Insights Renal Network 5(formerly Network 5, Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition)
  • Member of American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Health Initiative (2016-) and Quality Committee (2019-)

Research

Dr. Lew completed a 3-year project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), studying telemedicine in the peritoneal dialysis population. Her clinical research interest focuses on chronic kidney disease, kidney function, peritoneal dialysis, anemia, hemodialysis and pharmacology. Her research has been funded continuously since 1996. She mentors medical students and medical residents in research projects or clinical cases resulting in publications. She serves as a grant reviewer for the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney X, National Institute of Health, and National Institute on Aging. She has more than 90 peer reviewed publications, 15 book chapters and about 90 abstracts.

Community Service

  • Fellow of American College of Physicians, Fellow of American Society of Nephrology, member National Kidney Foundation, member International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Board of Directors: Quality Insights (formerly Network 5, Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition)
  • Member of American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Health Initiative (2016-) and Quality Committee (2019-2020)

Division

  • Renal Diseases and Hypertension

Publications

Kohn OF, Lew SQ, Wong SS, Sam R, Chen HC, Raiman JG, Leehey DJ, Tzamaloukas AH, Ing TS. Using herbs medically without knowing their composition: are we playing Russian roulette? Curr Med Res Opin. 2022 Apr 1:1-10.

Kshirsagar AV, Weiner DE, Mendu ML, Liu F, Lew SQ, O'Neil TJ, Bieber SD, White DL, Zimmerman J, Mohan S. Keys to Driving Implementation of the New Kidney Care Models. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2022 Mar 14:CJN.10880821.

Rohrscheib M, Sam R, Raj DS, Argyropoulos CP, Unruh ML, Lew, SQ, Ing TS, Levin NL, Tzamaloukas AH. Edelman Revisited: Concepts, Achievements, and Challenges. Front Med (Lausanne). 2022 Jan 10;8:808765.

Lew SQ. Non-surgical and minimally invasive correction of peritoneal dialysis catheter complications. Nephrol Nurs J 2021;48(1):57-63.

Arzhan S, Lew SQ, Ing TS, Tzamaloukas AH, Unruh ML. Dysnatremias in chronic kidney disease: pathophysiology, manifestations, and treatment. Front Med 2021: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2021.769287

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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