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Susan Crowley

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); VHA National Program Director for Kidney Disease and Dialysis; Chief, Renal Section, VA Connecticut Healthcare Systems



In my position as the Veterans Health Administration(VHA) National Program Director for Kidney Disease and Dialysis, I lead the development of clinical policies and programs in nephrology for the nation’s largest integrated health care system. As such I serve as Chairperson of the VHA Kidney Health Committee, chartered in 2010 as the VHA Dialysis Steering Committee and subsequently expanded to provide programmatic guidance to VHA in the delivery of dialysis services as well as preventative kidney health care to Veterans. I enjoy drafting evidenced based health policy, and collaborating with an incredibly diverse group of colleagues to source innovative solutions for clinical program needs. My experience as the former Medical Director of Dialysis for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VA CT HCS), a VA Dialysis Center recognized twice as a Clinical Program of Excellence by the Under Secretary of Health, provided superb clinical grounding for my current role. In addition, as Chief of the Renal Section at VA CT HCS, I've welcomed the opportunity to expand the diversity of clinical nephrology services available to local Veterans, as well as the clinical renal research initiatives and post graduate professional training opportunities available at the VA.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    University of Connecticut, Business (2019)
  • Fellowship
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1990)
  • Residency
    State University of New York (1987)
  • Internship
    National Naval Medical Center (1985)
  • MD
    Union University (1984)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Society of Nephrology2010

Professional Service

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)Improving Chronic Disease with PIECES ( ICD-PIECES) Data and Safety Monitoring Board2015 - Present
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System Advisory Group2014 - Present
Veterans Health AdminstrationCenter for Innovation in Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) Steering Committee2013 - Present
VA/DoDVA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Care of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care2013 - 2015
Veterans Health AdministrationVHA Dialysis Steering Committee2010 - Present
Department of Veterans AffairsVA Innovation Initiative Renal Technical Expert Panel2010 - Present
National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP/NIDDK/NIH)Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee2009 - Present

Departments & Organizations