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Allegheny Health Network’s Dr. Susan Manzi to be Honored at Art Rooney Awards Event for Outstanding Contributions to the Community

Friday, April 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH – Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, Chair, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Medicine Institute, is the recipient of the Catholic Youth Association’s 2019 John E. McGrady Award.  Dr. Manzi, a national and international leader in lupus patient care and research, will be presented with the award next Monday evening at the 46th Art Rooney Awards Dinner & Auction.

According to the Catholic Youth Association, this award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to community service as exemplified by John E. McGrady – former Allegheny County Commissioner, father of 14 children and a community activist.

A board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Manzi is co-founder of the Lupus Center of Excellence at the AHN Autoimmunity Institute. As a leader in her field, she has played a critical role in advancing quality, innovation and best practices that have significantly improved the treatment of patients with autoimmune illnesses. Dr. Manzi cares for patients from around the world who travel to Pittsburgh seeking her expertise in the diagnosis and management of hard-to-treat autoimmune conditions, particularly lupus. She has published more than 200 research reports on lupus and related diseases.

Dr. Manzi served as a member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical-Scientific Advisory Council for more than 15 years. As Medical Director for the Foundation, she led efforts to address gaps in education and the health care needs of people with lupus, and to advance the science and medicine of lupus. She serves the Foundation today as the chair of its national board of directors.

“Ever sensitive to those with devastating illnesses such as lupus, which disproportionately affects women, the Rooney Family and the Catholic Youth Association are pleased to honor Dr. Manzi with this award in recognition of her groundbreaking research, compassionate patient care and tireless efforts to bring autoimmune diseases to the forefront of community awareness,” said Mary Ann Heneroty, CEO, Catholic Youth Association.

Dr. Manzi attended Greensburg Salem High School in Westmoreland County before going on to the University of Notre Dame where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed a medical internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology in Pittsburgh, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The late great Arthur J. Rooney began this annual awards event more than 45 years ago to benefit the programs of the Catholic Youth Association. This year, Dr. Manzi is among an esteemed group of award recipients including Eva Tansky Blum, University of Pittsburgh; Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers; and Sally Wiggin, WTAE-TV. To learn more, visit www.artrooneyaward.com.

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