Anne Suskind, MD, MS

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Haverford CollegeB.A.2001Anthropology
    Albany Medical CollegeM.D.2006School of Medicine
    University of MichiganM.S.2013Rackham School of Graduate Studies

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    Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS received her undergraduate training at Haverford College, where she earned a bachelor degree in Anthropology with honors investigating the anthropological influences surrounding women’s health issues. She next graduated with a distinction in Bioethics from Albany Medical College’s MD program. Dr. Suskind completed her General Surgery and Urology training at the University of Connecticut. She subsequently completed two fellowships at the University of Michigan, one in Neurourology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and the other in Health Services Research. During her fellowship training, Dr. Suskind obtained a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies and was funded by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a former recipient of the Elisabeth Pickett Research Award from the Society of Women in Urology (SWIU) and the Thomas Benson Award in Neuromodulation from the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). In 2014, Dr. Suskind became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she currently works at the Parnassus campus.

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. Suskind’s clinical interests urinary incontinence, vaginal mesh complications, urinary fistulas, interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, bladder dysfunction due to neurologic disease, and other forms of lower urinary tract dysfunction. Her clinical approach integrates surgical and nonsurgical management of these conditions, including physical therapy, medications, Botox bladder injections, urethral injections for stress urinary incontinence, sacral neuromodulation, posterior tibial nerve stimulation and complex urinary surgical reconstruction. She also offers non-mesh slings for treatment of female stress urinary incontinence and has extensive experience in urodynamic testing and interpretation.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Suskind is a current recipient of the UCSF Department of Urology’s multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program Award, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her current research aims to transform surgical decision-making for older individuals undergoing urologic surgery by studying long term outcomes (such as cognition and function) that matter to patients. Dr. Suskind’s research leverages large national databases and innovative analytical techniques to address these important issues. She is also involved in a Urologic Disease in America (UDA) Project assessing national trends and quality associated with the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections in women, and she has done extensive research using similar techniques in topics related to sacral neuromodulation, complications associated with sling surgery, and interstitial cystitis. Dr. Suskind’s long-term research goals are to contribute to the quality and delivery of treatment strategies for patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction and other urologic conditions.

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    Optimizing surgical decision-making for nursing home residents undergoing surgery for bladder and bowel dysfunction
    NIH/NIA R01AG058616Jun 15, 2018 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Immediate and Long-term Outcomes of Common Urologic Procedures in Nursing Home Residents
    NIH/NIA R03AG050872Sep 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Suskind A, Zhao S, Walter LC, Boscardin WJ, Finlayson E. Mortality and Functional Outcomes After Minor Urological Surgery in Nursing Home Residents: A National Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Mar 23. PMID: 29572851.
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    2. Suskind A. Frailty and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. Curr Urol Rep. 2017 Sep; 18(9):67. PMID: 28718161.
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    3. Suskind A, Finlayson E. Author Reply. Urology. 2017 Aug; 106:37-38. PMID: 28579211.
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    4. Suskind A, Quanstrom K, Zhao S, Bridge M, Walter LC, Neuhaus J, Finlayson E. Overactive Bladder Is Strongly Associated With Frailty in Older Individuals. Urology. 2017 Aug; 106:26-31. PMID: 28502833.
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    5. Pangilinan J, Quanstrom K, Bridge M, Walter LC, Finlayson E, Suskind A. The Timed Up and Go Test as a Measure of Frailty in Urologic Practice. Urology. 2017 Aug; 106:32-38. PMID: 28477941.
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    6. Suskind A, Cox L, Clemens JQ, Oldendorf A, Stoffel JT, Malaeb B, Qin Y, Cameron AP. The Value of Urodynamics in an Academic Specialty Referral Practice. Urology. 2017 Jul; 105:48-53. PMID: 28408338.
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    7. Suskind A, Finlayson E. A Call for Frailty Screening in the Preoperative Setting. JAMA Surg. 2017 Mar 01; 152(3):240-241. PMID: 27902810.
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    8. Suskind A. The Aging Overactive Bladder: A Review of Aging-Related Changes from the Brain to the Bladder. Curr Bladder Dysfunct Rep. 2017 Mar; 12(1):42-47. PMID: 28947924.
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    9. Stoffel JT, Peterson AC, Sandhu JS, Suskind A, Wei JT, Lightner DJ. AUA White Paper on Nonneurogenic Chronic Urinary Retention: Consensus Definition, Treatment Algorithm, and Outcome End Points. J Urol. 2017 Jul; 198(1):153-160. PMID: 28163030.
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    10. Suskind A, Jin C, Walter LC, Finlayson E. Frailty and the Role of Obliterative versus Reconstructive Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: A National Study. J Urol. 2017 Jun; 197(6):1502-1506. PMID: 27939512.
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    11. Suskind A, Cawthon PM, Nakagawa S, Subak LL, Reinders I, Satterfield S, Cummings S, Cauley JA, Harris T, Huang AJ. Urinary Incontinence in Older Women: The Role of Body Composition and Muscle Strength: From the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jan; 65(1):42-50. PMID: 27918084.
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    12. Suskind A, Walter LC, Zhao S, Finlayson E. Functional Outcomes After Transurethral Resection of the Prostate in Nursing Home Residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Apr; 65(4):699-703. PMID: 27918098.
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    13. Suskind A, Finlayson E. Focus on Surgical Outcomes That Matter to Older Patients. JAMA Surg. 2016 09 21; 151(9):e161701. PMID: 27409232.
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    14. Suskind A, Finlayson E. Thinking Beyond Age for Postacute Care After Major Abdominal Surgery: A New Surgical Era. JAMA Surg. 2016 08 01; 151(8):766-7. PMID: 27144382.
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    15. Suskind A, Finlayson E, Walter LC. Author Reply. Urology. 2016 11; 97:32. PMID: 27492666.
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    16. Suskind A. Editorial Comment. J Urol. 2016 Oct; 196(4):1135. PMID: 27421710.
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    17. Suskind A, Jin C, Cooperberg MR, Finlayson E, Boscardin WJ, Sen S, Walter LC. Preoperative Frailty Is Associated With Discharge to Skilled or Assisted Living Facilities After Urologic Procedures of Varying Complexity. Urology. 2016 11; 97:25-32. PMID: 27392651.
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    18. Hollingsworth JM, Dunn RL, Suskind A, Banerjee M, Hollenbeck BK. Validation of a Medicare Claims-based Algorithm for Identifying Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Med Care. 2016 Jul; 54(7):e43-6. PMID: 24374415.
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    19. Suskind A, Clemens JQ. Health policy 2016: implications for geriatric urology. Curr Opin Urol. 2016 Mar; 26(2):207-12. PMID: 26765043; PMCID: PMC4780417 [Available on 03/01/17].
    20. Sanford MT, Suskind A. Neuromodulation in neurogenic bladder. Transl Androl Urol. 2016 Feb; 5(1):117-26. PMID: 26904417; PMCID: PMC4739974.
    21. Suskind A, Saigal CS, Hanley JM, Lai J, Setodji CM, Clemens JQ. Incidence and Management of Uncomplicated Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in a National Sample of Women in the United States. Urology. 2016 Apr; 90:50-5. PMID: 26825489; PMCID: PMC4822518 [Available on 04/01/17].
    22. Suskind A, Walter LC, Jin C, Boscardin J, Sen S, Cooperberg MR, Finlayson E. Impact of frailty on complications in patients undergoing common urological procedures: a study from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement database. BJU Int. 2016 May; 117(5):836-42. PMID: 26691588; PMCID: PMC4833543.
    23. Suskind A, Clemens JQ, Zhang Y, Hollenbeck BK. Physician Use of Sacral Neuromodulation Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Overactive Bladder and Urinary Retention. Urology. 2015 Jul; 86(1):30-4. PMID: 26026856; PMCID: PMC4492875.
    24. Suskind A, Clemens JQ, Kaufman SR, Stoffel JT, Oldendorf A, Malaeb BS, Jandron T, Cameron AP. Patient perceptions of physical and emotional discomfort related to urodynamic testing: a questionnaire-based study in men and women with and without neurologic conditions. Urology. 2015 Mar; 85(3):547-51. PMID: 25733264; PMCID: PMC4349219.
    25. Hollenbeck BK, Dunn RL, Suskind A, Strope SA, Zhang Y, Hollingsworth JM. Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Their Intended Effects on Outpatient Surgery. Health Serv Res. 2015 Oct; 50(5):1491-507. PMID: 25645136; PMCID: PMC4600358 [Available on 10/01/16].
    26. Troxel WM, Booth M, Buysse DJ, Elliott MN, Suskind A, Clemens JQ, Berry SH. Sleep disturbances and nocturnal symptoms: relationships with quality of life in a population-based sample of women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Dec 15; 10(12):1331-7. PMID: 25325604; PMCID: PMC4237527.
    27. Hollenbeck BK, Dunn RL, Suskind A, Zhang Y, Hollingsworth JM, Birkmeyer JD. Ambulatory surgery centers and outpatient procedure use among Medicare beneficiaries. Med Care. 2014 Oct; 52(10):926-31. PMID: 25185636; PMCID: PMC4163137.
    28. Suskind A, Zhang Y, Dunn RL, Hollingsworth JM, Strope SA, Hollenbeck BK. Understanding the diffusion of ambulatory surgery centers. Surg Innov. 2015 Jun; 22(3):257-65. PMID: 25143440; PMCID: PMC4363000.
    29. Suskind A, Dunn RL, Zhang Y, Hollingsworth JM, Hollenbeck BK. Ambulatory surgery centers and outpatient urologic surgery among Medicare beneficiaries. Urology. 2014 Jul; 84(1):57-61. PMID: 24976220; PMCID: PMC4077194.
    30. Suskind A, Berry SH, Suttorp MJ, Elliott MN, Clemens JQ. Symptom persistence in a community cohort of women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS): 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month follow-up from the RICE cohort. Int Urogynecol J. 2014 Dec; 25(12):1639-43. PMID: 24915839; PMCID: PMC4237653.
    31. Cameron AP, Suskind A, Neer C, Hussain H, Montgomery J, Latini JM, DeLancey JO. Functional and anatomical differences between continent and incontinent men post radical prostatectomy on urodynamics and 3T MRI: a pilot study. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015 Aug; 34(6):527-32. PMID: 24752967; PMCID: PMC4205221.
    32. Suskind A, Clemens JQ. Affordable Care Act: implications in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Curr Urol Rep. 2014 Feb; 15(2):382. PMID: 24384998.
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    33. Suskind A, Dunn RL, Morgan DM, DeLancey JO, Rew KT, Wei JT. A screening tool for clinically relevant urinary incontinence. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015 Apr; 34(4):332-5. PMID: 24464849; PMCID: PMC4111784.
    34. Suskind A, Clemens JQ, Dunn RL, Zhang Y, Stoffel JT, Hollenbeck BK. Effectiveness of mesh compared with nonmesh sling surgery in Medicare beneficiaries. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 122(3):546-52. PMID: 23921862; PMCID: PMC3750097.
    35. Suskind A, Dunn RL, Morgan DM, DeLancey JO, McGuire EJ, Wei JT. The Michigan Incontinence Symptom Index (M-ISI): a clinical measure for type, severity, and bother related to urinary incontinence. Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Sep; 33(7):1128-34. PMID: 23945994; PMCID: PMC3925248.
    36. Suskind A, DeLancey JO, Hussain HK, Montgomery JS, Latini JM, Cameron AP. Dynamic MRI evaluation of urethral hypermobility post-radical prostatectomy. Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Mar; 33(3):312-5. PMID: 23897738; PMCID: PMC3830689.
    37. Suskind A, Dunn RL, Kaufman SR, DeLancey JO, Clemens JQ, Stoffel JT, Hollenbeck BK. Understanding the dissemination of sacral neuromodulation. Surg Innov. 2013 Dec; 20(6):625-30. PMID: 23592732; PMCID: PMC3880405.
    38. Schroeck FR, Hollingsworth JM, Hollenbeck BK, Jacobs BL, Suskind A, Sarma AV, Wei JT. Differential adoption of laser prostatectomy for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Urology. 2013 Jun; 81(6):1177-82. PMID: 23522295; PMCID: PMC3836502.
    39. Suskind A, Smith PP. Functional effect of transient transurethral catheterization on micturition in women: reply. Int Urogynecol J. 2013 Mar; 24(3):525. PMID: 23152046.
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    40. Suskind A, Berry SH, Ewing BA, Elliott MN, Suttorp MJ, Clemens JQ. The prevalence and overlap of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men: results of the RAND Interstitial Cystitis Epidemiology male study. J Urol. 2013 Jan; 189(1):141-5. PMID: 23164386; PMCID: PMC3894747.
    41. Suskind A, Berry SH, Suttorp MJ, Elliott MN, Hays RD, Ewing BA, Clemens JQ. Health-related quality of life in patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and frequently associated comorbidities. Qual Life Res. 2013 Sep; 22(7):1537-41. PMID: 23054497; PMCID: PMC3593950.
    42. Suskind A, Kaufman SR, Dunn RL, Stoffel JT, Clemens JQ, Hollenbeck BK. Population based trends in procedures following sling surgery for urinary incontinence. Int Urogynecol J. 2013 May; 24(5):775-80. PMID: 22930217.
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    43. Suskind A, Kaufman SR, Dunn RL, Stoffel JT, Clemens JQ, Hollenbeck BK. Population-based trends in ambulatory surgery for urinary incontinence. Int Urogynecol J. 2013 Feb; 24(2):207-11. PMID: 22669423.
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    44. Suskind A, Smith PP. Evidence of a functional effect of transient transurethral catheterization on micturition in women. Int Urogynecol J. 2012 Sep; 23(9):1245-8. PMID: 22249279.
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    45. Suskind A, Bernstein B, Murphy-Setzko M. Patient-perceived outcomes of the AdVance sling up to 40 months post procedure. Neurourol Urodyn. 2011 Sep; 30(7):1267-70. PMID: 21538496.
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    46. Suskind A, Smith PP. A new look at detrusor underactivity: impaired contractility versus afferent dysfunction. Curr Urol Rep. 2009 Sep; 10(5):347-51. PMID: 19709481.
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    47. Suskind A, Hayner-Buchan A, Feustel PJ, Kogan BA. Fibrosis correlates with detailed histological analysis of human undescended testes. BJU Int. 2008 Jun; 101(11):1441-5. PMID: 18218059.
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    48. Harmes DC, Bresnick E, Lubin EA, Watson JK, Heim KE, Curtin JC, Suskind A, Lamb J, DiRenzo J. Positive and negative regulation of deltaN-p63 promoter activity by p53 and deltaN-p63-alpha contributes to differential regulation of p53 target genes. Oncogene. 2003 Oct 23; 22(48):7607-16. PMID: 14576823.
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