Susan DiGiovanni, M.D., will assume the role of assistant dean for medical education of the pre-clinical curriculum effective July 1, 2010.
“Dr. DiGiovanni brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in basic science and clinical medicine, leadership, and both undergraduate and graduate medical education,” says Isaac K. Wood, M.D., F.A.A.C.A.P., senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs. “She will be an excellent resource to the School as we continue to develop the new curriculum.”
An alumna of the VCU School of Medicine, DiGiovanni earned her medical degree in 1984 and went on to do her internal medicine and clinical nephrology training on the MCV Campus. She then joined a private practice in Harrisburg, Penn., where she won teaching awards from the internal medicine training program.
Searching for larger challenges, she applied for and received an Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health. She remained at the NIH for the next four years, publishing her work on the AQP-2 water channel in multiple journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and the American Journal of Physiology.
In 1995, she returned to her alma mater in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Nephrology. She continued to do research on the regulation of sodium and water by the kidney while developing a particular interest in teaching medical students, residents and fellows. It is in this role that she has felt the most satisfaction, gradually shifting her role from physician-scientist to physician-educator. In 1999, she became the director of the second-year Renal Course, where she has annually been recognized as an outstanding educator. Five years later, DiGiovanni became the program director of the Nephrology Fellowship program.
She is involved with the development of the new medical school curriculum and has served as a mentor in the HEART program since its inception. She chairs the medical school’s admissions committee and, for the past semester, has provided administrative oversight to the Foundations of Clinical Medicine program.