Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH
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Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch


              Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Center.  She practices and teaches at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital, and community hospital nurseries in the Denver area. She also serves as faculty in epidemiology and the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. 

Susan’s clinical and educational areas of emphasis include neonatal resuscitation, cardiopulmonary physiology in infancy, and global neonatal survival.  She has served as co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee and editor of the ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) neonatal resuscitation guidelines in 2000.  She currently serves as editor-in-chief for Helping Babies Breathe, the AAP educational program for neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited settings, and member of the Helping Babies Survive Planning Group.

Susan’s research interests center on adaptation in the neonatal period, with a focus on cardiopulmonary adaptation and low birth weight at high altitude.  Her high-altitude research has included study of infant oxygenation in Lhasa, Tibet, studies of infant birth weight and cardiopulmonary adaptation in La Paz, Bolivia, studies of pulmonary hypertension and cardiopathies in Peruvian children, and pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease at moderate to high altitude in Colorado

Underlying her interest in neonatal resuscitation and high-altitude physiology is a strong commitment to health equity and equal access to essential care at birth for mothers and newborns, especially those in isolated and resource-constrained regions.  This is reflected in her continuing role with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to produce and implement a suite of educational materials, aimed at reducing the major causes of maternal and newborn deaths and improving global neonatal survival. She also serves as Senior Medical Advisor for Newborn Health with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC with special emphasis on developing a strong foundation for countries entering into small and sick newborn care.