Rheumatology Grand Rounds
SPEAKER: Erika Bracamonte, MD and Amy Sussman, MD
TOPIC: Nephrology/Rheumatology Conference Part 2
Erika Bracamonte, MD serves as Director of Surgical Pathology and oversees the Histopathology laboratory at University Medical Center. In addition to providing surgical pathology diagnostic interpretations, she directs the renal biopsy service, including light microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopic evaluation of native and allograft renal biopsies.
Dr. Bracamonte serves as Director of the Post-Sophomore Fellowship program for medical students interested in spending a year in the pathology department. In addition to teaching pathology residents and fellows, she is intimately involved in the Arizona Med Curriculum of the College of Medicine, where her lecture topics include the pathology of acute and chronic inflammation, medical renal disease, and genitourinary pathology.
An associate professor of medicine, Amy Sussman, MD is the Vice Chair of Education in the UA Department of Medicine, as well as the department's clerkship director, and program director of the UA Nephrology Fellowship. She completed her medical schooling at the University of Arizona and her Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Washington. She was selected and served as Chief Medical Resident following completion of her residency. She subsequently pursued a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Washington during which time she spent three years dedicated to bench research focusing on mechanisms of podocyte detachment utilizing both cell culture and animal models under the direction of Dr. Stuart Shankland. Dr. Sussman was recruited to the University of Arizona in 2009 and has served as a clinician educator with a strong emphasis in medical student teaching and has been distinguished with multiple teaching awards in the College of Medicine. She assumed the role of Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship in 2013. Dr. Sussman maintains an active interest in Glomerulonephritis and is a sub-investigator of the Membranous Nephropathy Trial of Rituxan (MENTOR) clinical trial. She additionally serves as the Medical Director of DCI Desert Dialysis units, Sauharita, and South Tucson. She has developed and is the Clinical Director of the nocturnal in-center dialysis program at DCI South Tucson.