The Director of the SMP

Susan E. Mulroney, PhD

Dr. Susan Mulroney is a Professor of Physiology in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She received her PhD in Physiology with distinction from Georgetown University in 1990, and completed post-doctoral work in Molecular Physiology at the Diabetes branch of the NIH (NIDDK). She was appointed Assistant Professor on the tenure-track at Georgetown University in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics in 1994, received tenure in 1999, and attained the rank of full Professor in 2004. She served as Vice-Chair of Physiology & Biophysics for several years, and joined the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology in 2011.

Dr. Mulroney received research funding for over 20 years (since 1991) from the NIH (NIDDK and NHLBI), NSF, National Kidney Foundation, and American Heart Association (including a prestigious Established Investigator Award) for work focused on the mechanisms governing age and sex related differences in the areas of renal growth and diabetic renal disease. She has received over 20 awards for her research, and has mentored award-winning doctoral and medical students. Her current research collaborations investigate sex-specific mechanisms in hypertension (with PI Dr.Kathryn Sandberg) and the effects of acupuncture on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in chronic stress (with PI Dr. Ladan Eshkevari).

Dr. Mulroney began her teaching career soon after joining the Physiology Department, with her first venture teaching the entire Gastrointestinal Physiology section of the medical and graduate Human Physiology courses, which she has done for over 20 years. She also lectures in other areas including renal and endocrine physiology. Dr. Mulroney directed the medical Human Physiology course from 2002-2008 and the medical GI Module from 2008-2017. She is now course director for the M1 Medical Physiology course. Over the years she has received the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, as well as five Golden Apple Awards. She was inducted into the medical school Magis Society for Master Teachers in 2013, and the Golden Orchard in 2014. In 2015, Dr Mulroney was named the Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Teacher of the Year by the American Physiological Society. She has worked with the Special Master’s Program since 1992, becoming Associate Director in 1998, and Director in 2006. In addition, she has worked since 2005 on medical curricular reform, and was on the team implementing the GeorgeSquared partnership to create biomedical sciences programs at George Mason University. Dr. Mulroney is the co-author (with Dr. Adam Myers) of the medical textbook, Netter’s Essential Physiology, which is in its second edition. Her best achievement, her daughter Kenna, is a graduate of Georgetown College (Hoya Saxa!) and is finishing graduate studies at Brown University.