Dr. Rachael D Sussman, MD

Dr. Rachael D. Sussman, MD

Dr. Rachael D. Sussman, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-444-1703
Fax: 301-782-2223

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Specialties
  • Female Urology
  • Minimally Invasive Urology
  • Urology
Conditions I Treat
  • adrenal nodules
  • atonic urinary bladder
  • balanitis
  • balanoposthitis
  • benign neoplasm of the prostate
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal sacrocolpopexy
  • active surveillance of prostate cancer
  • artificial urinary sphincter
  • biopsy of urethra
  • bladder surgery
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About the Provider

Rachael D. Sussman, MD, is a urologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, providing care to both male and female patients. Her areas of clinical expertise include voiding dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, female urethral disease (diverticulum and stricture), and vaginal fistula. Dr. Sussman is an expert in minimally invasive and vaginal surgery.  

After graduating from medical school at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sussman completed her internship and residency in urology at MedStar Georgetown, where she served as chief resident. She completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) at New York University. Dr. Sussman grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish at Wesleyan University. Prior to medical school, she worked as a social worker, developing a strong bedside manner and cultivating the skills needed to help people with their most personal issues.

Dr. Sussman is currently an active member of the Society of Urodynamics Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) and the American Urologic Association (AUA), She has authored articles in multiple prestigious publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Urology, and Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

Dr. Sussman’s philosophy of care is to approach her patients as teammates, working together to ensure that their specific needs, lifestyles, personal preferences, cultures and goals are taken into consideration when deciding on a treatment plan. She coordinates care with other healthcare providers including physical therapists, gynecologists, and colorectal specialists to create the best approach to managing pelvic and urologic disorders.
In her spare time, Dr. Sussman enjoys traveling, biking, experimenting in the kitchen with her two children, and spending time with her family.

Education
  • Fellowship Program: New York University Langone Medical Center (2019)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2017)
  • Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2012)
Publications
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  1. Sussman RD and Brucker BM. Reviews in Urology: Primary Bladder Neck Obstruction. Reviews in Urology [accepted for publication]
  2. Sussman RD, Sayan R and Brucker BM. Guidelines of the Guidelines: Urinary Incontinence in Women. British Journal of Urology International. 2019 Oct 18 [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 31625673)
  3. Vurture G, Peyronnet B, Palma JA, Sussman RD, Malacarne DR, Feigin A, Palmerola R, Rosenblum N, Frucht S, Kaufmann H, Nitti VW, Brucker BM. Urodynamic Mechanisms Underlying Overactive Bladder Symptoms in Patients With Parkinson Disease. Int Neurourol J. 2019 Sep;23(3):211-218 (PMID 3167100)
  4. Sussman RD, Peyronnet B, Brucker BM. The Current State and the Future of Robotic Surgery in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Turkish Journal of Urology. 2019 Sep 1; 45(5):331-339. (PMID 31509506)
  5. Peng M, Sussman RD, Escobar C, Palmerola R, Pape DM, Smilen S, Rosenblum N, Brucker B and Nitti VW. Rectus fascia vs. fasica lata for autologous fascial pubovaginal sling: a single-center comparison of peri-operative and functional outcomes. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 2019 Jul 22 [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 31343622)
  6. Palmerola R, Peyronnet B, Rebolos M, Khan A, Sussman RD, Escobar C, Smith S, Rosenblum N, Nitti VW. Trends in Stress Urinary Incontinence Surgery at a Tertiary Center: Midurethral Sling Use following The AUGS/SUFU Position Statement. Urology. 2019 Sep; 131:71-76 Epub 2019 June 20 (PMID31229514)
  7. Drangsholt S, Peyronnet B, Arcila-Ruiz M, Sussman RD, Palmerola R, Pape D, Rosenblum N, Nitti VW and Brucker BM. Nocturia in female patients: Current clinical features, treatment patterns, and outcomes at a tertiary referral centre. Arab Journal of Urology. 2019 Apr 18. 17(1): 82-86 (PMID 31258948)
  8. Sussman RD, Tano ZE, Nicoll LM, Brucker BM. Magnetic Resonance and Intraoperative Imaging of Periurethral Leiomyoma. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. 2019 Sep-Oct; 26(6): 1004-1005. Epub 2019 Feb 28. (PMID30826450)
  9. Sussman RD, Kozirovsky M, Telegrafi S, Peyronnet B, Palmerola R, Smilen S, Pape DM, Rosenblum N, Nitti VW, Brucker BM. Gel-Infused Translabial Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Female Urethral Stricture. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 2019 Jan 17 [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 30664026)
  10. Hoffman D, Vijay V, Peng M, Sussman RD, Rosenblum N, Brucker BM, Peyronnet B and Nitti VW. Effect of Radiation on Male Stress Urinary Incontinence and the Role of Urodynamic Assessment. Urology. 2019 Mar; 125:58-63  (PMID 30508511)
  11. Sussman RD, Carvalho FLF, Harbin A, Zheng C, Lynch JH, Stamatakis L, Hwang J, Williams SB, Hu JC, Kowalczyk JK. Survival and secondary interventions following treatment for locally-advanced prostate cancer. Can J Urol. 2018 Oct; 25(5):9516-9524 (PMID 30281010)
  12. Peyronnet B, Vurture G, Palma JA, Malacarne DR, Feigin A, Sussman RD, Biagioni MC, Palmerola R, Gilbert R, Rosenblum N, Frucht S, Kaufmann H, Nitti VW, Brucker BM. Mirabegron in patients with Parkinson disease and overactive bladder symptoms: A retrospective cohort. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2018 Jul 20. (PMID 30037689)
  13. Sussman RD and Venkatesan K. Response to letter to the editor on: Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging. International Urology and Nephrology. 2018 Feb 8 (PMID 29423836)
  14. Sussman RD, Han CJ, Marchalik D, Carvahlo FL, Davis MF, Richter LA, Wethington SL, Stamatakis L. To oophorectomy or not to oophorectomy: Practice patterns among urologists treating bladder cancer. Urol Oncol. 2018 Mar; 36(3): 90 Epub 2017 Dec 19 (PMID 29273351)
  15. Sussman RD, Hill FC, Koch GE, Patel V & Venkatesan K. Novel pericatheter retrograde urethrogram technique is a viable method for postoperative urethroplasty imaging. International Urology and Nephrology. December 2017; 49(12): 2157-2165 (PMID 28913706)
  16. Blum ES, Porras AR, Biggs E, Tabrizi PR, Sussman RD, Sprague BM, Shalaby-Rana E, Majd M, Pohl HG & Linguraru MG. Early Detection of Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction using Signal Analysis and Machine Learning: A Dynamic Solution to a Dynamic Problem. Journal of Urology.  October 21; 2017 (PMID 29066360)
  17. Gerber D, Wright HC, Sussman RD, Stamatakis L. Embryonal carcinoma presenting as a calcified solitary testicular mass on ultrasound. BMJ Case Reports. July 31; 2017 (PMID 2765489)
  18. Sussman RD and Kowalczyk KJ. Giant renal oncocytoma with classic stellate scar. BMJ Case Reports. Jan 27; 2017 (PMID 28130290)
  19. Sussman RD, Blum ES, Sprague EM, Majd M, Rushton HG & Pohl HG. Prediction of Clinical Outcomes in Prenatal Hydronephrosis: Importance of Gravity-Assisted Drainage. Journal of Urology. 2017 Mar; 197 (3 Pt 2): 833-844 (PMID 27939966)
  20. Sussman RD Richter LA, Tefera E, Park AJ, Sokol AI, Gutman RE & Iglesia CB. Utilizing technology in assessment of lower urinary tract symptoms: a randomized trial of electronic versus paper voiding diaries. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016 Jul-Aug; 22(4):224-8 (PMID 27054797)
  21. Sussman R and Murdock J. Images in Clinical Medicine. Giant Loose Peritoneal Body. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015; 372:1359 (PMID 25830426)
  22. Sussman R, Staff I, Tortua J, Champagne A, Meraney A, Kesler SS & Wagner JR. Impact of Active Surveillance on Pathology and Nerve Sparing Status. Canadian Journal of Urology. 2014 June 21(3): 7299-7304 (PMID 24978361)
  23. Halkitis PN, Brockwell S, Siconolfi DE, Moeller RW, Sussman RD, Mourgues PJ, Cutler B, & Sweeney MM. Sexual behaviors of adolescent, emergent and young adult MSM ages 13-29 in New York City. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2011 Mar 1; 56(3): 285-9 (PMID 21317586)

Video Presentations
  1. Sussman R and Rosenblum N. Robotic Mesh Excision. Video Presentation. American Urogynecologic Society Annual PFD Week. September 2018.
  2. Sussman R, Peyronnet B, Armstrong B, Hoffman D, Zhao L, Telegrafi S, Nitti V, and Brucker B. Evaluation and treatment of female urethral stricture with dorsal onlay buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty. Video Presentation. International Continence Society. August 2018
  3. Sadiq A, Sussman R, Peyronnet B, Schulster M, Samm M, and Brucker B. “Robotic assisted simple prostatectomy via a posterior transvesicular approach”. Video Presentation. International Continence Society. August 2018
  4. Sussman R, Richter LA, Stamatakis L & Iglesia CB. Intraoperative Management of the Non-Effluxing Ureter. Video Presentation. American Urogynecologic Society Annual PFD Week. September 2016.

Book Chapters
  1. Rachael D Sussman and Victor W. Nitti. “Complex Cases of Stress Urinary Incontinence”. In Springer “Challenging clinical scenarios in Female Pelvic Medicine. Chapter 9. [in press]
  2. Rachael Sussman and Lee A. Richter. “Pelvic and Lower Urinary Tract Imaging.” In McGraw-Hill Education Specialty Board Review: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Chapter 7. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. June 22 2017. 
Published Abstracts
  1. Sussman RD, Palmerola R, Escobar C, Pape DM, Rosenblum N, Brucker B, Nitti V. Does videourodynamic diagnosis of primary bladder neck obstruction in women predict success after bladder neck incision independent of detrusor pressure? AUA Annual Meeting. May 2019. Podium Presentation
  2. Sussman R, Peyronnet B, Palmeroa R, Escobar C and Nitti V. Urethral Bulking in the Immediate Post-Operative Period for the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence After Pevlic Organ Prolapse Repair. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  3. Sussman R, Peyronnet B, Palmerola R, Malacarne D, Granieri M, Escobar C, Zhao L, Rosenblum N, Nitti V and Brucker B. Dorsal Onlay Buccal Mucosa vs. Vaginal-Flap “Blandy” Urethroplasty for Female Urethral Stricture: A Single-Center Series. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  4. Escobar C, Peyronnet B, Sussman R, Palmerola R, Rosenblum N, Nitti V, Brucker B, Pape D. Sling Revision for Bladder Outlet Obstruction in Women with Primarily Storage Symptoms: What are the Best Urodynamic Criteria to Predict Outcomes? SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Podium Presentation.
  5. Peng M, Sussman R, Peyronnet B, Palmerola R, Escobar E, Pape D, Smilen S, Rosenblum N, Brucker B, Nitti V. Rectus Fascia Vs. Fascia Lata for Autologous Fascial Pubovaginal Sling: A Single-Center Comparison of Perioperative and Functional Outcomes. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  6. Jericevic D, Peyronnet B, Rude T, Enemchukwu E, Palmerola R, Sussman R, Pape D, Rosenblum N, Sammarco C, Zhovtis-Ryerson L, Kister I, Howard J, Krupp L and Brucker B. Exploring the bowel and Bladder Dysfunction Relationship in a Multiple Sclerosis Population. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  7. Drangsholt S, Peyronnet B, Arcila-Ruiz M, Sussman R, Palmerola R, Pape D, Rosenblum N, Nitti V, Brucker B. Nocturia in Female Patietns: Current Clinical Features, Treatment Patterns and Outcomes at a Tertiary Referral Center. . SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  8. Palmerola R, Peyronnet B, Peng M, Sussman R, Escobar C, Rosenblum N, Nitti V, Brucker B. Persistent Stress Urinary Incontinence Following Pubovaginal Slings in Patients who Failed Previous Anti-Incontinence Procedures: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management. . SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  9. Vurture G, Peyronnet B, Palma JA, Sussman R, Biagioni M, Malacarne D, Feigin A, Palmerola R, Rosenblum N, Frucht S, Kaufmann H and Brucker B. Urodynamic Mechanisms Underlying Overactive Bladder Symptoms in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  10. Peyronnet B, Drangsholt S, Arcila-Ruiz M, Sussman R, Palmerola R, Pape D, Rosenblum N, Nitti V and Brucker B. Can We Avoid Time Consuming Frequency-Volume Chart to Diagnose Underlying Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Nocturia in Some Patient Populations. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  11. Peyronnet B, Vurture G, Pape D, Palma-Cardozo JA, Feigin A, Sussman R, Palmerola R, Rosenblum N, Frucht S, Kaufmann H, Nitti V and Brucker B. The Use of Mirabegron in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease and Storage Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Single Center Series. SUFU Annual Meeting. February 2019. Poster Presentation.
  12. Peyronnet B, Sussman R, Malacarne D, Palermola R, Granieri M, Zhao L, Rosenblum N, Nitti V and Brucker B. “Dorsal Onlay Buccal Mucosa Urethroplasty for Female Stricture: A single-center series. Poster Presentation. International Continence Society. August 2018
  13. Peyronnet B Vurture G, Malacarne D, Sussman R, Palma J, Biagioni M, Palmerola R, Rosenblum N, Frucht S, Kaufmann H, Nitti V and Brucker B. Safety and efficacy of mirabegron in patients with parkinsons disease and storage lower urinary tract symptoms: a single-center series. Poster Presentation. International Continence Society. August 2018
  14. Peyronnet B, Syan R, Enemchukwu E, Drain A, Mendhiratta N, Glass D, Sussman R, Palmerola R, Malacarne D, Rosenblum N, Nitti V and Brucker B. “ Is there a role for concomitant pubovaginal sling at the time of midurethral sling excision for erosion or exposure?” Poster Presentation. International Continence Society. August 2018
  15. Sussman RD, Kozorivsky M, Telegrafi S, Rosenblum N, Nitti VW, Brucker BM. Female Urethral Ultrasonography for Evaluation of Stricture. Podium Presentation. AUA Annual Meeting. May 2018.
  16. Koch G, Sussman RD, Springer E, Stamatakis L and Venkatesan K. Delayed primary urethral repair following gunshot wounds to the external genitalia. Poster presentation. Pre-37th SIU Semi-Live Surgery Workshop on Genitourethral Reconstruction. October 2017. *Best Poster Award
  17. Sussman RD, Hill FC, Patel V, Brown ET & Venkatesan K. Post-operative urethroplasty management: is pericathter RUG a better imaging alternative? Moderated Poster Presentation. SUFU Annual Meeting. Feb 2017.
  18. Sussman RD, Hill FC, Springer E, Brown ET, Verghese M & Venkatesan K. Effects of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis for obese patients in urethral reconstruction. Nonmoderated Poster. SUFU Annual Meeting. Feb 2017.
  19. Sussman R, Blum ES, Sprague BM, Massoud M, Rushton HG, Pohl HG. Prediction of Clinical Outcomes in Prenatal Hydronephrosis: What Data Can be Gleaned From Initial Diuresis Renography. Podium Presentation. Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting. May 2016.
  20. Sussman R, Richter LA, Tarplin S, Tefera E, Park AJ, Sokol AI, Gutman RE & Iglesia CB. Utilizing technology in assessment of lower urinary tract symptoms: a randomized trial of electronic versus paper voiding diaries. Oral Poster Presentation. AUGS Week. October 2015.
  21. Sussman R, Harbin AC, Lynch JH, Hu JC & Kowalczyk KJ. Outcomes and Costs following Treatment for Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer: Results from SEER Medicare. Podium Presentation. AUA Annual Meeting. May 2015.
  22. Sussman R, Fascelli M, Frye T, George A, Chelluri R, Ho R, Brown AM, Sankineni S, Merino MJ, Turkbey B, Choyke PL, Wood BJ & Pinto PA.  How Reliable is a Negative MRI/TRUS Fusion Biopsy? The Negative Predictive Value of Targeted Biopsy for Prostate Cancer. Moderated Poster Presentation. AUA Annual Meeting. May 2015
  23. Sussman R, Harbin AC, Lynch J, Hu J & Kowalczyk K. Secondary Interventions After Treatment for Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer. Moderated Poster Presentation. Mid Atlantic Section AUA Annual Meeting. September 2014.
  24. Harbin AC, Sussman R, Lynch JH, Hu JC & Kowalczyk KJ. Trends in Treatment for men with Clinically High Risk Prostate Cancer from 1995-2007; Results from SEER-Medicare. Moderated Poster Presentation. AUA Annual Meeting. May 2014
  25. Sussman R, Scarpato K, Staff I, Champagne A, Fish-Furhman J, Tortora J, Kesler S & Wagner J. Is Active Surveillance Associated with Adverse Surgical or Pathologic Outcomes in Men Eventually Choosing Definitive Treatment with Robotic Radical Prostatectomy? Moderated Poster Presentation. Society of Urologic Oncology Meeting. November 2012.
  26. Scarpato K, Sussman R & Albertson PC. Treatment Selection Following Conservative Management of Localized Prostate Cancer. Podium Presentation.  New England Section AUA Annual Meeting. September 2012.
  27. Sussman R, Staff I, Champagne A, Meraney A, Kesler SS & Wagner JR. Is Active Surveillance Associated with Adverse Surgical or Pathologic Outcomes in Men Eventually Choosing Definitive Treatment with Robotic Radical Prostatectomy? Moderated Poster Presentation. AUA Annual Meeting. May 2012
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  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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