“My primary interest is in health and wellness promotion. I believe that although the healthcare systems are geared toward the illness model, our focus as providers should be toward health promotion. As healthcare providers, we have an obligation to set an example of health and wellness promotion. During my visits with patients, my desire is to develop a relationship of trust so that I may serve as an adjunct to the patient’s PCP in managing their care. My philosophy of diabetes care involves teaching the patient all aspects of diabetes self-management. My diabetes classes, offered weekly, cover all aspects of self-management.”

Board Certifications

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Expertise

  • ACLS Certified
  • Advanced Diabetes Management
  • Certified Diabetes Educator

Education

Graduate School

Catholic University of America
Master of Cardiovascular Nursing
Washington, DC
1978

NP/PA School

University of Alabama
Master of Science in Nursing
Tuscaloosa, AL
1998

Undergraduate

Wayne State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Detroit, MI
1974

Professional Associations

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Member

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Member

Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM)
Member

Personal Interests

Susan Pappas enjoys outside activities including running, biking, hiking, and tennis.

Biography

Susan is a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in diabetes. She has been at RIMG since 2008. Susan has over 40 years experience in healthcare that includes clinical, management and teaching experience. Susan received her BSN at Wayne State University, her MSN from The Catholic University and Nurse Practitioner degree at The University of Alabama. She is a Certified Diabetic Educator and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She is licensed in Maryland, DC, and Florida and is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to developing an interest in diabetes, Susan worked with Dr. Asefa Mekonnen in sleep medicine at RIMG and became certified in cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia.

Susan’s background includes extensive clinical experience in critical care, heart transplant, oncology, and diabetes. Prior to joining RIMG, she worked for a major healthcare organization serving as Director of Operations and Legislative Affairs. During her tenure at Critical Care Systems, she received numerous achievement awards. Susan has taught nursing at Montgomery College and is currently teaching in the RN Refresher Course. She is also a speaker for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is a volunteer for Montgomery County Medical Reserve Corps and has volunteered for Mobile Medical in Montgomery County, serving women’s shelters. Susan is the mother of three and the grandmother of four children. Her interests include running, biking, hiking, tennis, and cooking. She has been a participant in the National Senior Olympics; her event was the 5-k road race. She has been a Gold Medal Winner of the Maryland Senior Olympics, winning the 100-yard dash. She continues to exercise daily.