Susan Catchings, FNP-C
Practitioner Catchings is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She attended Columbia University for her undergraduate degree in nursing and lived in NYC for 8 years working in a hospital as a pediatric nurse. In 1985, she decided to move to North Carolina with her husband to raise their family. She stayed home to raise her children and worked part time in a pediatric office setting and at UNC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology taking care of children with all forms of cancer and pulmonary disease. It was during this time that she realized that primary care was her passion, so she applied to the UNC-CH Nurse Practitioner program.
Practitioner Catchings graduated with honors in 1993 and started her very busy career. She worked in an HMO setting focusing more on pediatrics, but over the last 10 years, she has co-owned a family practice and has learned to love taking care of patients of all ages. Practitioner Catchings is passionate about educating her patients to live the healthiest lives they can. She has a national certification in asthma education and is a national speaker for Sanofi Pasteur vaccines as she believes prevention is the best medicine. She had a pediatric consultant role for WRAL-TV since 2004, where she appeared monthly on the noon news and spoke about pediatric topics. She is currently at Duke working on her doctorate in nursing. Practitioner Catchings is passionate about world health and has been on several mission trips to Bolivia and China, focusing on immunizing children and at risk pregant women, and teaching families about healthy nutrition for example. In addition, she also hosts Chinese medical students each year.
Practitioner Catchings serves as adjunct faculty for UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, as well as Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.
Practitioner Catchings got married in 1981 to her college sweetheart that she met while studying at Columbia University. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. She was born in Washington State, where most of her extended family lives. She loves to sing, read, travel, and play tennis in her spare time. Practitioner Catchings and her husband Bill support an orphanage in Bolivia where they have traveled to work several times over the last 20 years.