Susan Symington, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Susan has been a clinically practicing PA for over 25 years. She practiced in family medicine for 10 years in rural Michigan prior to joining Grand Valley State University as an assistant professor and, while teaching, also practiced part-time in the emergency department and moonlighted in the urgent care. She then moved to Arizona and taught at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, while continuing to practice one day a week in urgent care and family medicine. For the past 11 years she has practiced in allergy, asthma, and immunology, and has established herself as a national leader and educator in this specialty field. She has been a national speaker at PA and NP CME (continuing medical education) conferences for 10 years and has published in peer-reviewed PA and NP journals on topics related to allergy, asthma, and immunology. She is the immediate past president for the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and has also held positions on their board as secretary and president-elect. She served as AAPA’s medical liaison to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. She has also served on AAPA’s Commission on Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. She recently left the University of Washington, where she was an associate professor and the associate program director for the MEDEX PA Program, and continued to practice clinically in allergy and adult pulmonary.
In 2017, Susan joined AstraZeneca Respiratory Medical Affairs as a respiratory clinical science liaison (CSL). She covered the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho) and in May, joined the cardiovascular metabolic disease team as a CSL for the Arizona/New Mexico territory. As a CSL, she provides disease state education, scientific, clinical, and therapeutic discussions around diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.