Suzanne Richardson, MSN, RN graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Nursing - Health Care System Management from Loyola University New Orleans. She has worked in various areas of cardiac patient management beginning her career in a 22-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Atlanta, Georgia. She provided critical care management for patients with myocardial infarctions, congestive heart failure and potentially lethal cardiac rhythm disturbances. She managed patients requiring hemodynamic and respiratory support with ventilators, cardiac support devices such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and invasive cardiac pressure monitoring catheters. Suzanne transitioned to a private Cardiology practice specializing in health promotion, outpatient management of chronic cardiac disease and collaborative patient care with a team of multiple sub-specialty physicians, advanced practice providers and registered nurses. Upon moving to Charleston, SC, Suzanne returned to the bedside working in a Prep and Recovery area for elective cardiac procedures such as cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology device placement. With a keen interest in progressive and innovate patient care, Suzanne joined the Cardiology research staff at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she was the lead clinical research coordinator for multiple national heart failure and interventional cardiology clinical trials.
Suzanne's current position at MUSC as the Structural Heart Center Program Coordinator was created with the FDA approval of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure in 2011. Her role includes clinical care coordination with physicians, advanced practice providers, procedural areas, staff nursing, and outpatient clinics. She is responsible for infrastructure and operations of the Structural Heart Center (SHC) and works in close collaboration with the SHC's Medical Director.