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DIR Researcher Profile: Dr. Suzanne Wingate

Suzanne Wingate, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Suzanne WingateClinical Director

Research Topics

Over 5 million American adults have heart failure, with approximately 5 to 10% of these individuals having advanced-stage heart failure.  Advanced –stage heart failure is due to progression of the disease and is characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, pain, and depression; a decreased quality of life; and a high mortality rate. Treatment of advanced-stage heart failure includes recognizing and managing patients’ symptoms, integrating palliative care, and preparing patients and families for end of life.   

Dr. Suzanne Wingate’s current research examines symptom palliation and end of life in patients with advanced-stage heart failure. In their study of patients’ transition to hospice, she and her colleagues identified important gaps in key clinical information that is exchanged between providers during this transfer. Dr. Wingate and her team also conducted the first and largest multi-site study to investigate pain in patients with advanced-stage heart failure. Findings from this study indicated that this symptom is common and often not relieved with standard medications and treatments. Dr. Wingate and colleagues are now looking at other variables in these patients (such as frailty and symptom severity) to better characterize their symptom burden, with the plan of developing targeted assessment and treatment options for them.


Dr. Wingate is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director of the Division of Intramural Research for NINR.  In this role, she oversees all clinical and regulatory aspects of the on-campus research activities of NINR scientists.

Dr. Wingate has practiced for over 40 years in a variety of positions in the field of cardiovascular nursing, including prevention, treatment, and research. In addition to her prior tenure at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has worked in coronary intensive care, acute care, out-patient cardiology, and cardiac rehabilitation settings as a staff nurse, manager, nurse practitioner, and researcher.  Dr. Wingate is also a retired Nurse Corps officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

A nationally and internationally known speaker on a variety of cardiovascular topics, Dr. Wingate is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters and she serves as an Associate Editor for for the Journal of Cardiac Failure. Dr. Wingate was elected as a Fellow by the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke  and by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Dr. Wingate received her BSN from The University of Maryland, and performed her graduate (MSN and PhD) and post-graduate nurse practitioner work at The Catholic University of America.  She has been active in several professional organizations. A founding board member and Past-President of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Dr. Wingate has also participated on the AHA’s Professional Education Committee and Expert Panel on Palliative Care, and several committees for AHA’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke. In addition, she served on the Scientific Program Committee and the Nurse Education Committee for the American College of Cardiology.  

Selected Publications

  1. Wingate S. Learning from caregivers about the end of life in patients with a left ventricular assist device. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Apr;176(4):540-1. PMID: 26999458
  2. Goodlin SJ, Wingate S, Albert NM, Pressler SJ, Houser J, Chiong J, Kwon J, Storey CP, Quill T, Teerlink JR, PAIN-HF Investigators. Investigating pain in heart failure patients: the Pain Assessment, Incidence & Nature in Heart Failure (PAIN-HF) study. J Card Fail. 2012;18(10):776-83. PMID: 23040113 
  3. Wingate S, Bain K, Goodlin SJ. Availability of data when heart failure patients are admitted to hospice. Congest Heart Fail. 2011;17(6):303-308. PMID: 22103922
  4. Goodlin SJ, Wingate S, Pressler, SJ, Teerlink JR, Storey CP. Investigating pain in heart failure patients: Rationale and design of the pain assessment, incidence & nature in heart failure (PAIN-HF) study. J Card Fail. 2008;14(4):276-82.PMID: 18474339
  5. Fahlberg BB, Weigand D, Wingate S. Palliative and hospice management of heart failure. In: Paul S, ed. Heart Failure Disease Management: From Planning to Implementation. Mt Laurel, NJ: The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses; 2014:179-205.
  6. Paul S, Yehle KS, Wood K, Wingate S, Steg B. Implementing shared medical appointments for heart failure patients in a community cardiology practice: a pilot study. Heart Lung. 2013 Nov-Dec;42(6):456-61. PMID: 24075619
  7. Wingate S, Wiegand DL. End-of-life care in the critical care unit for patients with heart failure. Crit Care Nurse. 2008 Apr;28(2):84-95. PMID: 18378730 
  8. Wingate S, Wheeler MS. Pain in heart failure patients. In:  Beattie J & Goodlin S, eds. Supportive Care of the Cardiac Patient. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2008:225-243.
  9. Wingate, S. Caring for persons with advanced heart failure. Home Healthc Nurse. 2007 Sep;25(8):511-20. PMID: 17828005
  10. Wheeler M, Wingate S. Managing noncardiac pain in heart failure patients. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2004 Nov-Dec;19(6 Suppl):S75-83. PMID: 15529077 
  11. Lee D, Wingate S. Managing the heart failure patient with obstructive lung disease. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2004 Nov-Dec;19(6 Suppl):S27-34. PMID: 15529070 
  12. Gramsky C, Josephson S, Langford M, Offutt C, Wingate S. Outpatient management of chronic heart failure. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2003 Dec;15(4):501-9. PMID: 14717396 
  13. Wingate S, Loscalzo F, Hozdic T. Perceptions of activity and vocational status in women with cardiac illness. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs. 2003 Summer;18(3):127-33,146. PMID: 12893974 
  14. Wingate, S. Quality of life for women after a myocardial infarction. Heart Lung. 1995 Nov-Dec;24(6):467-73. PMID: 8582822 
  15. Wingate, S. Post-MI patients' perceptions of their learning needs. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 1990 Mar-Apr;9(2):112-8. PMID: 2328638
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