Susan Zieman, M.D., Ph.D. joined the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology as a Medical Officer in the Geriatrics Branch. Dr. Zieman comes to the NIA from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Cardiology and Geriatrics. Her interests in the Geriatrics Branch at NIA are focused on organ-specific diseases of older adults including cardiovascular, renal, pulmonary and gastroenterology in addition to promoting aging and geriatric-focused research amongst medical and surgical specialists.
Dr. Zieman attained a B.A. degree in biology from Cornell University in Biology and her M.D. degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Thereafter, she completed her training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is Board Certified in all three disciplines. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Clinical Investigation. At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zieman ran a unique geriatric cardiology clinical practice and lectured locally, nationally and internationally on the impacts of aging on the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular syndromes, medications and specific care practices in older adults. Her research focused on clinical trials using novel therapies for arterial stiffness, advanced glycation endproducts, hypertension, diabetes and heart failure in older adults. She was the principal investigator on a John A. Hartford funded grant to develop and implement a national curriculum in geriatric cardiology for cardiology fellows in partnership with the American College of Cardiology. Her interest in developing curricula to educate medical and surgical specialists in geriatrics and aging research continues in her work at NIA. She carries leadership roles in the formation of new geriatrics focused sections in the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and is a T. Franklin Williams Scholar Alumnae.