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Susie Lew Susie Lew
Professor of Medicine

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


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


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)

  • 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


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


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)


  • Renal Diseases and Hypertension


View publications by this faculty member.

Lew SQ, Collins A. When end-stage kidney disease complicates abdominal surgery. Semin Dial. 2020April 10

Houghton CC, Lew SQ. Long-term hypervitaminosis D-induced hypercalcaemia treated with glucocorticoids and bisphosphonates. BMJ Case Rep 2020;13:e233853. Doi:10.1136/bcr-2019-233853

Mendu ML, Tummalapalli SL, Lentine KL,Erickson K, Lew SQ, Liu F, Gould E, Somers M, Garimella PS, O’Neil T, White DL, Meyer R, Bieber SD, Weiner DE. Measuring quality in kidney care: an evaluation of existing quality metrics and approach to facilitating improvements in care delivery. J Am SocNephrol 2020;31(3):602-614.

Lew SQ, Sikka N. Telehealth awareness in a US urban peritoneal dialysis clinic—2018 to 2019. Perit Dial Int. 2020;

Lew SQ, Khan AA, Rieders B, Agrawal ST. Successful use of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) on a pancreatic lesionin a peritoneal dialysis patient without interrupting treatment. Perit Dial Int. 2020;40(2):230-232.

Lew SQ. Measuring quality and impact of telehealth services in home dialysis patients. Int J Qual Health Care. 2019; Epub ahead of print

Paul R, Hynes M, Lew SQ. Nutrition in kidney transplant recipients to prevent downstream health issues. J Kidney Care 2019; 4(5):252-260.

Montgomery LD, Montgomery RW, Gerth WA, Lew SQ, Velasquez MT, Stewart JM, Medow MS, Klein MM. Monitoring intracellular (Vc), interstitial (Vi) and intravascular (Vb) volume changes during dialysis (HD) in a chronic unit (CU) compared to an acute unit (AU) setting. J Nephrol Kidney Dis. 2019;3(1): 1019

Lew SQ, Sikka N. Operationalizing telehealth for home dialysis patients in the United States. Am J Kidney Dis. 2019;74:95-100.

Lew SQ, Sikka N, Thompson C, Magnus M. Impact of remote biometric monitoring on cost and hospitalization outcomes in peritoneal dialysis. J Telemed Telecare 2019;25(10):581-586.

Lew SQ. Telehealth in peritoneal dialysis: Review of patient management. Adv Perit Dial 2018;34:32-37.

Lew SQ. Maintaining peritoneal dialysis adequacy: The process of incremental prescription. Adv Perit Dial 2018;34:10-14.

Emami S, Lew SQ. Candida glabrata PD-associated peritonitis: A case report. PeritDial Int 2018;38(5): 391-392.

Lew SQ, Sikka N. Telehealth and peritoneal dialysis in the US: outcomes in practice. J Kidney Care 2018;3(3):156-160.

Rosner MH, Lew SQ, Conway P, Ehrlich J, Jarrin R, Patel UD, Rheuban K, Robey RB, Sikka N, Wallace E, Brophy P, Sloand J. Perspectives from the Kidney Health Initiative on advancing technologies to facilitate remote monitoring of patient self-care in RRT. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2017;12:1900-1909.

Lew SQ, Sikka N, Thompson C, Cherian T, Magnus M. Adoption of telehealth: Remote biometric monitoring among peritoneal dialysis patients in the United States. Perit Dial Int 2017;37(5):576-578.

Lew SQ, Kohn OF, Cheng YL, Kjellstrand CM, Ing TS. Three-stream, bicarbonate-based hemodialysis solution delivery system revisted: with an emphasis on some aspects of acid-base principles. Artif Organs 2017;41(6):509-518.

Magnus M, Sikka N, Cherian T, Lew SQ. Satisfaction and improvements in peritoneal dialysis outcomes associated with telehealth. Appl Clin Inform 2017;8(1):214-225.

Montgomery LD, Montgomery RW, Gerth WA, Lew SQ, Klein MD, Stewart JM, Medow MS, Velasquez MT. Bioimpedance monitoring of cellular hydration during hemodialysis therapy. Hemodial Int 2017;21:575-584.

Hynes M, Nicolas N, Lew S. Emerging concepts: the dietary treatment of chronic kidney disease. J Kidney Care 2017;2(3):134-143.

Lew SQ, Chernofsky MR. Uninterrupted peritoneal dialysis after robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Perit Dial Int 2016;36(3):349-350.

Lew SQ, Nguyen BN, Ing TS. Unusual sites for hemodialysis vascular access construction and catheter placement: A review. Int J Artif Organs 2015;38(6):293-303.

Shokri T, Lew SQ, Sadeghi N: Pedicled parathyroid gland autotransposition in secondary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism. Laryngoscope 2015;125:894-897

Lew SQ, Nguyen BN, Ing TS: Hemodialysis vascular access construction in the upper extremity: A review. J Vasc Access 2015;16:87-92

Lew SQ, Radhakrishnan J: Chronic kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders. In Chronic Kidney Disease. Paul L. Kimmel, Mark Rosenberg, editors. Elsevier, Philadelphia 2015; pp 298-309 ISBN: 978-0-12-411602-3

Pham PTT, Pham PCT, Lew SQ: Chronic kidney disease in sickle cell disease patients. In Chronic Kidney Disease. Paul L. Kimmel, Mark Rosenberg, editors. Elsevier, Philadelphia 2015; pp 513-522 ISBN: 978-0-12-411602-3

Shokri T, Lew SQ, Sadeghi N. Pedicled parathyroid gland autotransposition in secondary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism. Laryngoscope 2015;125:894-897.

Solano A, Lew SQ, Ing TS: Dent-Wrong disease and other rare causes of the Fanconi syndrome. Clin Kidney J 2014;7:344-347

Montgomery LD, Gerth WA, Montgomery RW, Lew SQ, Klein MM, Stewart JM, Velasquez MT: Monitoring intracellular, interstitial, and intravascular volume changes during fluid management procedures. Med Biol Eng Comput 2013;51(10):1167-75

Shoji J, Lew S: The use of rituximab and bendamustine in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). BMJ Case Reports 2013 May 2; 2013

Afshar M, Nobakht E, Lew S: Chryseobacterium indologenes peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis. BMJ Case Reports 2013 May 24; 2013

Zeck J, Schalheim J, Lew SQ, DePalma L: Whole blood platelet aggregation and release reaction testing in uremic patients. BioMed Res Int 2013

Iheagwara OS, Ing TS, Kjellstrand CM, Lew SQ: Phosphorus, Phosphorous and Phosphates. Hemodial Int 2013; 17:479-482

Lew SQ, Sikka N: Are patients prepared to use telemedicine in home peritoneal dialysis programs? Perit Dial Int 2013; 33: 714-715

Siddiqui AC, Lew SQ, Sarin S, Venbrux AC: Emergency endovascular stenting of the right iliac artery in a patient with secondary haemorrhage following transplant nephrectomy. BMJ Case Reports 2012; June 8

Lew SQ, Gruia A: Ofloxacin solution for persistent PD exit site and tunnel infections. Perit Dial Int 2013; 33: 101-102 2012

Lew SQ, Bosch JP: Advances in Hemodialysis. In: Dialysis: History, Development, and Promise. Todd S. Ing, Mohamed A Rahman, Carl M. Kjellstrand, editors. World Scientific, Singapore, 2012; pp 793-801

Lew SQ, Gruia A, Hakki F: Adult peritoneal dialysis patient with tenchkoff and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy catheter. Perit Dial Int 2011; 31: 360-36

Lew, SQ: Hydrothorax: Pleural effusion associated with peritoneal dialysis. Perit Dial Int 2010; 30: 13-18

Lew SQ, Borum ML, Ing TS: Gastrointestinal complications of acute kidney injury. In: Management of Acute Kidney Problems. Jorres A, Ronco C, Kellum JA (editors) Springer Publishers, Heidelberg, Germany, 2010, pp 209-220

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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