Faculty Profile

Suzanna M. Zick, N.D., MPH

Suzanna M. Zick, N.D., MPH

Research Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Research Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

  • 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave.
    Lobby M, RM 2138
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

Suzanna Zick is a Research Associate Professor in Family Medicine and a Research Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Zick received her degree as a naturopathic physician from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Zick's research interests include the effect of natural products for cancer prevention; the use of complementary therapies for control of cancer-related symptoms; and the impact of diet and various complementary therapies on fatigue, sleep disturbance and quality of life during cancer survivorship. Her work has mainly focused on pharmacokinetic and interventional clinical trials. Along with examining the effect of ginger root as a potential cancer prevention agent for colorectal cancer, she has also examined the impact of ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and investigated if an herbal blend "Essiac" improves quality of life in a cohort of Canadian breast cancer survivors. More recently, she has been examining the effect of self-administered acupressure for improving fatigue and sleep disruption in breast cancer survivors. She has also been conducting a study looking into the interrelationship between fatigue, inflammatory cytokines and the brain neurotransmitters creatine, glutamate and gaba-aminobutyric acid (GABA).

  • MPH, University of Michigan, 1999
  • N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1996