Nadine Spring, MPH serves as the primary manager of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care. Her roles in the center range from patient advocacy, education, research, and coordination of activities and programs. Ms. Spring works closely with the Center’s Clinical Co-Directors, Center Rheumatologists, nurses, social workers, and research coordinators to facilitate administration and management. Her main role is to ensure that all patients of the Lupus Center receive the optimal care and services that they require.
Nadine has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is also a current PhD in clinical research student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Ms. Spring’s special interests include qualitative research, epidemiology, lupus, and community outreach.
Virginia F. Haiduc, MD holds a key role in the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care as she serves as the primary coordinator for the Cardiovascular Disease Counseling Prevention Program offered free of charge at Hospital for Special Surgery. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu in Cluj Napoca, Romania.
Dr. Haiduc’s professional interests include Preventive Medicine and Rheumatology.
Monica Richey, MSN, ANP-BC/GNP serves as the Nurse Coordinator for both the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care and the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program. Monica graduated with honors from Hunter College in New York City in 2009 with a Master’s degree as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in the Rheumatology Nursing Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery for over four years.
Ms. Richey’s professional interests include cardiovascular disease in systemic autoimmune diseases and patient education.
Su Jin Kim is the Social Work Manager for the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care and for the Adult Rheumatology Division, Ambulatory Care Services. As a staff member of the Department of Social Work Programs, Ms. Kim coordinates all social work related services for the Lupus Center, including assessments, interventions, and access to needed resources, as well as referring patients to HSS lupus support and education programs. She served as the Coordinator of LupusLine/Charla de Lupus Programs from 1999-2002. During her tenure as Coordinator, Ms. Kim expanded Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Programs’ services to two NYC hospitals and initiated the HSS Teen and Parent Lupus Support Groups. She also initiated the first ever Asian Lupus Program Advisory Board in NYC, comprised of physicians and health professionals from various hospitals and healthcare agencies, now called the LANtern® Program.
Ms. Kim received a Masters in Social Work Degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and a post graduate certificate in couples and family therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Ms. Kim’s special interests are the impact of illness on the individual and family dynamic and the integration of Buddhist psychology and systemic therapy for healing.