Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Daniel A. Sussman, M.D.

General Information

Daniel A. Sussman, M.D.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Med-Gastroenterology

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology - Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Roles

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Clinical Interests

Heritable Cancer Syndromes of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Colorectal Cancer Screening
General Gastroenterology

Education

2011 Master's of Science in Public Health
University of Miami
2002 M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1997 Bachelor of Science
Duke University

Publications

Biography

 

 

Daniel Sussman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with clinical interest in the prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC) and heritable cancer syndromes of the gastrointestinal tract. He completed a medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. His postdoctoral training includes an internship, residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
 
Dr. Sussman is actively involved in a number of research efforts at the University. He is devoted to improving methods to identify and prevent CRC, including underused modalities like fecal immunochemical testing, attenuating disparities in access to screening, and improving strategies to identify families with heritable GI cancer syndromes. His public health degree has provided experience in public health, community-based research, statistical management, and bioinformatic investigations that have laid the foundation for his niche in understanding racial/ethnic disparities in CRC, its prevention through screening uptake, and the role of molecular markers of GI malignancy. He has been able to incorporate further intensive training in cancer risk assessment and cancer genetics into his clinical practice.
 
In collaboration with his co-mentor Dr. Kobetz-Kerman in the Department of Epidemiology and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, he is participating in a novel platform that tests the feasibility and efficacy of a CRC screening intervention pairing community health workers with fecal immunochemical testing. He is also evaluating differences in CRC-based molecular and epigenetic markers among racial/ethnic groups in South Florida. This latter proposal further seeks to describe the prevalence of the heritable cancer disorder Lynch Syndrome among racial/ethnic groups in South Florida and the utility of universal testing of CRCs for molecular Lynch markers among these groups.

 

Heritable Cancer Syndromes of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Dr. Sussman co-manages a multi-disciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic in collaboration with the Genetics Department, including the services of a genetic counselor for patients requiring risk assessment for heritable GI tract cancers. This shared service offers comprehensive genetic counseling and GI medical and endoscopic care for families with a history of cancer. This is the only such service available in South Florida, where genetic counselors perform testing for potential heritable syndromes with a simultaneous personalized risk management program for each family, including recommendations for cancer screening and medical preventive measures.
 
       Participate in a multi-disciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic in collaboration with Genetics Department and genetic counselor
       For patients desiring a risk assessment for heritable GI tract cancers based on medical and family histories, including Lynch Syndrome and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
       Shared service offers comprehensive education, genetic counseling, medical assessment, and endoscopic care for families with a history of cancer
       Risk management program for each family, including recommendations for cancer screening or medical preventive measures.

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