Susan Hope Klein, DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP is a board-certified nurse practitioner. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, her career in medicine began in 1979 when she enlisted in the United States Navy and trained as a Hospital Corpsman, Emergency Medical Technician, and Radiation Technologist. She earned an Associate of Science degree in Radiation Technology from George Washington University. In 1985 Dr. Klein was selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program and in 1987 she graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Public Health Certification. She was commissioned as a Navy Nurse and served during Operation Desert Storm. In 1990 Dr. Klein left the Navy and moved to the Bay Area where she worked as a Nurse Manager of an inpatient Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Hospice Unit. Moving back to San Diego in 1995, she took a position as the Program Director for Hospice of Sharp HealthCare, North County where her focus was on the training of staff for the delivery of palliative care, pain management, and end of life care in a community-based setting. In 2000 Dr. Klein left administrative nursing to return to her true love, direct patient care. She returned to graduate school at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, where she earned a Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She went on to complete a Doctorate where her focus was on quality of life and survivorship after cancer treatment. A published author, speaker, and a guest lecturer at the University of San Diego, she has consulted on supportive care and cancer survivorship for Sanofi-Genzyme and Carevive Systems. Dr. Klein has a passion for underserved communities and has done missionary work in Mexico, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya. She is the Oncology/Hematology consultant for Hope Matters International, Kenya and the medical advisor on the Board of Directors for North County Cancer Fitness; a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer through programs of fitness, education, referral, and social connection.
With more than 3 decades of nursing experience, Dr. Klein takes a holistic approach to pain management, addressing not only the physical aspect, but the emotional, psycho-social, and spiritual factors faced by those living with chronic pain. She sees her role as one in helping patients with chronic illness see their strengths, empowering them to engage with the medical team in adopting healthy lifestyle changes supportive of their healing process.