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Niharika N Suchak MBBS,MHS,FACP,AGSF

Niharika N Suchak MBBS,MHS,FACP,AGSF

Associate Professor, Department of Geriatrics

niharika.suchak@med.fsu.edu
(850) 645-8440
Main Campus

Job Description

Dr. Suchak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the College of Medicine. She serves as a Medicine 1 Course Co-Director and as a Clinical Skills Director for Year 1.

Biosketch

Dr. Suchak is a clinician-educator and is board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings including office, hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, hospice, assisted living, and house calls. She has organized geriatrics consultation programs with sub-specialties such as oncology, surgery, orthopedics, and gynecology. Dr. Suchak has wide-ranging leadership experience in a multitude of healthcare environments including university, VA, private teaching hospital, and geriatrics house calls program.

Dr. Suchak's teaching responsibilities prior to her coming to the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2011 focused on the training of medical residents and geriatric medicine fellows. She has previously served as the Director of the geriatrics rotation for medical residents and Associate Program Director of a geriatric medicine fellowship program. Dr. Suchak's current teaching responsibilities include teaching medical students through all 4 years of medical school and being faculty preceptor for the geriatrics rotation for medical residents. Dr. Suchak contributes to curriculum development in her role as a Medicine 1 Course Co-Director and as a Clinical Skills Director for Year 1. Interprofessional education is another focus area for her. Dr. Suchak is the lead faculty for the development and implementation of the MUST-SIT together© Interprofessional Education Model (Modified Use of Simulation in Teams for Students In Training together) that incorporates a simulated patient encounter with students from multiple health professions.

Education

M.B.B.S., Armed Forces Medical College, University of Poona, Pune, India
M.H.S. (Clinical Epidemiology), School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, The Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, The Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Service

2011- Member, Admissions Committee, Florida State University College of Medicine
2011- Member, Curriculum Committee, Florida State University College of Medicine
2014- Member, Faculty Council Executive Committee, Florida State University College of Medicine
2015- Member, Diversity and Inclusion Council, Florida State University College of Medicine
2016- Member, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board, Florida Department of Health
2016- Member, Board of Directors Alzheimer's Project Inc., Tallahassee, Florida
2016- President, Florida Geriatrics Society

Honors/Awards

2011, Fellow of the American College of Physicians
2012, Clinician of the Year, American Geriatrics Society
2015, Elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®
2016, Florida Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association Poster Presentation 1st Prize
2016, Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society
2016, Outstanding Senior Faculty Educator of the Year, Florida State University College of Medicine Faculty Council Award

Memberships

American College of Physicians
American Geriatrics Society
Florida Geriatrics Society
Florida Medical Association
Capital Medical Society, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance
American Medical Association
American Medical Women’s Association
Past memberships:
American Medical Directors Association
American Academy of Home Care Physicians

Research Focus

Medical Education
Interprofessional Education
Use of simulation in education of trainees and healthcare practitioners

Publications

McClymont U, Suchak N.N. Chapter: Joint Pains. In: 20 Common Problems in Geriatrics (1st ed), Adelman AM, Daly MP (eds). McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division 2001:161-183

Major contributor: Revision of American Geriatrics Society Educational Guideline: The Training of Geriatric Fellows in Rehabilitation – published in J Am Geriatr Soc, Nov. 2002

Watson RA, Suchak N, Steel K. A Doctor in the House: Rationale for Providing On-site Urological Consultation to Geriatric Patients in Nursing Health Care Facilities. Urology 2010; Aug;76(2):277-81.

Lisa Granville, MD and Niharika Suchak, MD, Florida State University. Urinary Concerns in Older Men (Mr. Thompson). POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2013 Available from: http://www.pogoe.org/webgem/9216

Granville L, Suchak N. Chapter 51: Benign Prostate Disease. In: Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics, 6th Edition (2014)