Susan Hughes

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482


  • Coronary artery disease
  • Lipid disorders
  • Hypertension management
  • Behavior modification
  • 12 lead ECG interpretation


Dr. Hughes is a frequent invited presenter at both local and national nursing and medical conferences and symposiums. Since 2000, she has given over 450 presentations on a variety of cardiovascular topics. Additionally, as a clinical adjunct faculty, she teaches at the graduate level presenting a yearly workshop on 12-Lead Electrocardiography (N688) and lecture on Behavioral Interventions Exemplar: Coronary Artery Disease (N666/667). Dr. Hughes has also lectured on the topics of cardiovascular pharmacology and CV assessment and physical examination for graduate nurse practitioner students. She has been an ACLS faculty member since the late 1970’s and continues to teach in courses at Michigan Medicine.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Committee, University of Michigan, 2017-present
  • Member, Competency Management Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2017-present
  • Member, Credentialing and Membership Workgroup, American College of Cardiology, 2014-present (Chairperson 2014-2015)
  • Member, Credentialing and Membership Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2009-2015
  • Chairperson, Cardiovascular Team Advanced Practice Nurse Workgroup, American College of Cardiology, 2010-2014
  • Member, Cardiovascular Team Council, American College of Cardiology, 2014-2017
  • Member, Nurse Education Planner Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2014-present
  • Member, Annual Scientific Session Program Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2012-2013
  • Cardiac Care Associate Liason, State of Michigan, American College of Cardiology, 2007-2011
  • Member, Michigan Chapter Council, American College of Cardiology, 2007-2011

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 2017
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, 2001
  • Outstanding Service Award, Michigan Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, 2012
  • Making the Difference Award, American College of Cardiology, 2012
  • Coeur d’Or (Heart of Gold) Award, American Heart Association, Washtenaw County, 2006
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, 2001.


  • DNP, University of Michigan-Flint, 2016
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1992
  • BSN, Madonna University, Livonia, MI, 1984
  • Diploma in Nursing, Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing, Detroit, 1976

Publication Highlights

  • Housholder-Hughes, S.D., Martin, M.M., McFarland, M.R., Creech, C.J. & Shea, M.J. (2017). Healthcare provider compliance with the 2013 ACC/AHA adult cholesterol guideline recommendation for high-intensity dose statins for patients with coronary artery disease. Heart & Lung,46(4), 328-333.

  • Chaddha, A., Eagle, K.A., Braverman, A.C., Kline-Rogers, E., Hirsch, A.T., Brook, R., Jackson, E.A., Woznicki, E.M., Housholder-Hughes, S., Pitler, L., & Franklin, B.A. (2015). Exercise and physical activity for the post-aortic dissection patient: The clinician’s conundrum. Clinical Cardiology, 38(11), 647-651.

  • Chaddha, A., Kline-Rogers, E., Woznicki, E.M., Brook, R., Housholder-Hughes, S., Braverman, A.C., Pitler, L., Hirsch, A.T., & Eagle, K.A. (2014). Activity recommendations for postaortic dissection patients. Circulation, 130, e140-e142.

  • Housholder-Hughes, S., Ranella, M., Dele-Michael, A., Bumpus, S., Krishnan, S.M. & Rubenfire, M. (2014). Evaluation of a post-discharge coronary artery disease management program. The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27(7), 371-378.

  • Housholder-Hughes, S. (2011). The role of the nurse in treating patients with integrilin (sptifibatide) injection. Cath Lab Digest, 19(8), 12-13.

  • Housholder-Hughes, S. (2011). Non-ST segment evaluation acute coronary syndrome: Impact of nursing care on optimal outcomes. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 22(2), 113-124.

  • Bhatt, D., Handberg, E., Housholder-Hughes, S., & Palatnik, A. (2009). Nursing challenges in the management of acute coronary syndromes: A clinical curriculum on antiplatelet therapies. Clinical Advisor, February, CE Activity, Haymarket Medical Education.

  • Chevoya, L., & Housholder-Hughes, S. (2006). Anticoagulants and anti-platelet medications. Critical Care Nurse, 26(3), 19-20.

  • Housholder-Hughes, S.D. (2004). Skin necrosis. American Journal of Nursing, 104(10),16

  • Housholder-Hughes, S., & Bennett, J. (2003). The nurses’ role in managing HIT. AACN Continuing Education Activitry, New Jersey: Health Learning Systems.

  • Housholder-Hughes, S. (2002). Advanced cardiac life support for the new millennium. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 16(3), 9-23.

  • Borzak, S., Hoseph, C., Havstad, S., Tilley, B., Housholder, S., & Gheorghiade, M. (1999). Lower thrombolytic use of African Americans with myocardial infarction: An influence of clinical presentation? American Heart Journal, 137, 338-345.

  • Amin, N.B., Borzak, S., Housholder, S., & Tisdale, J.E. (1998). Sinus bradycardia and multiple episodes of sinus arrest following administration of ibutilide, Heart, 79, 628-629.

  • Rubenfire, M., Blevins, R., Barnhart, M., Housholder, S., Selik, N., & Mammen, E. (1986). Platelet hyperaggregability in patients with chest pain and angiographically normal coronary arteries. American Journal of Cardiology, 57(8), 657-660.

  • Kerin, N., Blevins, R., Rubenfire, M., Faitel, K. & Housholder, S. (1983). Acute thrombophlebitis following intravenous amiodarone administration. Chest, 84(120).