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Susanna M. Nazarian, MD, PHD

Susanna M. Nazarian, MD, PHD Physician

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Nazarian is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Transplant Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allogeneic Transplant
  • Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis Access
  • Dialysis Graft Placement
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Drug-related Adverse Effects
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluation
  • Kidney Transplant Follow-Up
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Transplant Medicine

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program
  • Vibra Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American College of Surgeons, Associate Fellow, National American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Member, National American Society Of Transplantation, Member, National Association For Academic Surgery, Member, National Association for Surgical Education, National Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter Of The American College Of Surgeons, Member, Local OPTN/ UNOS, National Society for Vascular Surgery: Research Chair, General Surgery Resident Section, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nazarian is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Nazarian SM, Levine MH, Amaral S: Invited Letter Re: The Kidney Allocation System and Its Implications for Pediatric Recipients American Journal of Transplantation 7 (18): 1825,2018.

Varga AN, Johnson D, Sawinski DL, Lim MA, Bloom RD, Abt PL, Goral S, Bleicher M, Levine MH, Naji A, Nazarian S, Porrett P, Trofe-Clark J: Safety and Feasibility of Outpatient Rabbit Antithymocyte Globulin Induction Therapy Administration in Kidney Transplant Recipients Pharmacotherapy 6 (38): 620-627,2018.

Bromberger B, Spragan D, Hashmi S, Morrison A, Thomasson A, Nazarian SM, Sawinski D, Porrett P: Pregnancy-Induced Sensitization Promotes Gender Disparity In Living Donor Kidney Transplantation Journal of The American Society of Nephrology 28 (10): 3025-3033,2017.

Koyawala N, Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Wang W, Hill AS, Reiter JG, Niknam BA, Even-Shoshan O, Bloom RD, Sawinski D, Nazarian SM, Trofe-Clark J, Lim MA, Schold JD, Reese PP: Comparing Outcomes Between Antibody Induction Therapies in Kidney Transplantation Journal of The American Society of Nephrology 28 (7): 2188-2200,2017.

Goldberg DS, Abt PL, Blumberg EA, Van Deerlin VM, Levine M, Reddy KR, Bloom RD, Nazarian SM< Sawinski D, Porrett P, Naji A, Hasz R, Suplee L, Trofe-Clark J, Sicilia A, McCauley M, Farooqi M, Gentile C, Smith J, Reese PP: Trial of Transplantation of HCV-Infected Kidneys Into Uninfected Recipients New England Journal of Medicine 24 (376): 2394-2395,2017.

Emond JC, Goodrich NP, Pomposelli JP, Baker TB, Humar A, Grant DR, Abt P, Freise CE, Fisher RA, Kam I, Sherker AH, Gillespie BW, Merion RM, , : Hepatic Hemodynamics and Portal Flow Modulation: The A2ALL Experience Transplantation : 2017.

Nazarian SM, Hwang J, Gupta M, Goldshore M: Transplantation for the General Surgeon: History of Transplantation, End-Organ Donation and Allocation, Transplant Regulation and Ethics. Scientific American Surgery : 2017.

Nazarian SM, Gupta M: Transplantation for the General Surgeon: Care of the Transplant Patient Scientific American Surgery : 2017.

Nazarian SM, Peng AW, Duggirala B, Gupta M, Bittermann T, Amaral S, Levine MH: The Kidney Allocation System Does Not Appropriately Stratify Risk of Pediatric Donor Kidneys: Implications for Pediatric Recipients American Journal of Transplantation : 2017.

Kakourous N, Nazarian SM, Stadler PB, Kickler TS, Rade JJ: Risk Factors for Nonplatelet Thromboxane Generation after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Journal of the American Heart Association 5 (3): 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Transplant Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Founders

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4912
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)