PA Chapter of American College of Physicians Recognizes West Penn Allegheny Physician Leader Susan Manzi, MD, MPH
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, will be presented with the Clinical Practice Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians in recognition of her exceptional service to patients, community and profession.
Dr. Manzi will receive the award during the Pennsylvania Chapter’s annual awards dinner on December 1 in Hershey, PA.
Dr. Manzi is co-founder of the Lupus Center of Excellence and serves as Chair of the Department of Medicine for West Penn Allegheny Health System. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in lupus patient care and research, and a pioneer in the scientific investigation of cardiovascular disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.
"Providing the best possible care for my patients and serving as an advocate for them in the fight against lupus is my ultimate goal,” Dr. Manzi said. “It’s such an honor to be recognized for fulfilling that mission by my peers in Pennsylvania’s chapter of the American College of Physicians.”
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to parts of the body, including skin, joints and kidneys. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) estimates that more than 1.5 million Americans have some form of the disease.
As a member of the LFA’s board of directors and medical advisory committee, Dr. Manzi recently joined the LFA in unveiling a new national initiative to spread lupus awareness, promote education about the disease and campaign for additional research dollars to search for a cure.
Dr. Manzi is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Systemic Lupus International Cooperating Clinics Committee and has been a member of a number of Study Sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has participated in the design and implementation of many phase I, phase II and phase III clinical trials and her expertise in this area has led to her appointment to the FDA Arthritis Advisory Board and six data safety monitoring boards for NIH intramural and extramural programs. Dr. Manzi has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" and one of the "Best 100 Doctors in Pittsburgh."
Dr. Manzi and her colleagues in the Lupus Center of Excellence helped design a new blood test to help clinicians diagnose lupus with greater ease and accuracy. The Avise-SLE test, which became commercially available this year, uses one blood sample from a patient to check for five distinct bio-markers that help to rule-in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus while ruling out other rheumatic diseases. This group of elite physicians and scientists has also received research grants to study genetic markers that may predict stroke in lupus patients, explore the risk of thrombosis associated with lupus and examine the link between heart disease and lupus.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians is a professional medical organization with 7,000 members who are internists and other medical subspecialists who provide comprehensive care to adult patients. The ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 129,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents and fellows.