Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Dr. Susan Collins has been with Health Quest Medical Practice since joining the Vassar Brothers Medical Center hospitalist program in 2012. Prior to this she was a nephrologist in a local private practice. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in biophysical chemistry and a minor in art history, and received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She then completed her internal medicine residency training at Brown University in Providence, RI where she was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. Upon completion of residency, she did a clinical and research fellowship in nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY.
Dr. Collins has been actively involved in medical education and research throughout her career and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at Touro Medical College in Middletown, NY. She participated in the curriculum committee for the internal medicine residency while she was Chief Resident at Brown and also helped to initiate a program teaching the power of observation to “Cops and Docs” at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has led small group sessions with medical students throughout residency and fellowship teaching pathophysiology and clinical skills. She has numerous publications in topics ranging from microbial susceptibility to HIV associated nephropathy. She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Collins previously worked as the Assistant Medical Director for the Vassar Brothers Hospitalist Program before accepting the position of Program Director for the Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency. She has been a member of the Health Quest Medical Practice Board of Directors since 2016 and was Chair of the Health Quest Finance Committee. Since October 2017 she has taken on the role of Physician Coding Champion to help bridge the knowledge gap between the clinical practice of medicine and the world of documentation and coding. She is also a member of the Health Quest Quality and Performance Improvement Committee.