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Allegheny Health Network’s Susan Manzi, MD, to Receive Award for Leadership in Improving Treatment of Patients with Autoimmune Illnesses

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is the recipient of the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation’s (ACMSF) 2016 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award.

The award, established in 2012, honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians.

Dr. Manzi will be presented with the award at the “Celebration of Excellence” awards gala on Saturday, March 4 in Pittsburgh.

“Dr. Manzi represents the highest standards of a physician,” said Patricia Bononi, MD, Medical Director, AHN Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Health. “Not only does she have superb medical knowledge and clinical skills, but she treats every patient as a unique person with integrity, compassion, and dignity. She embodies all of the qualities that this award represents.”

A board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Manzi co-founded AHN’s Lupus Center of Excellence and has a special interest in autoimmune diseases. As a leader in her field, Dr. Manzi has played an important role in advancing quality, innovation and best practices that have improved the treatment of patients with autoimmune illnesses.

She is internationally known for her research and patient care in lupus, and has published more than 200 research reports on lupus and related diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Manzi and her colleagues at the Lupus Center of Excellence helped design Avise-SLE™- a blood test to help clinicians diagnose lupus with greater ease and accuracy. Avise-SLE, which became commercially available in 2012, uses one blood sample from a patient to check for five distinct bio-markers that help to rule-in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus while ruling out other rheumatic diseases.  

She also serves as Medical Director of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and leads efforts to address gaps in education, research and the health care needs of people with lupus. She is a member of the LFA's board of directors and medical scientific advisory council.

The ACMS represents physicians from all specialties and is dedicated to providing leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. The organization has been serving Allegheny County since 1865.