Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH is a professor emerita of pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a senior scientist in 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 served as co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee, edited the ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) neonatal resuscitation guidelines in 2000, and served as editor for the development of Helping Babies Breathe, 1st and 2nd editions. She currently serves as a member of the AHA Neonatal Writing Group and Technical Advisory Group member for the World Health Organization Essential Newborn Care Course (incorporating Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Babies Survive content as well as the development of educational materials for small and sick newborn care).
Susan’s research interests center on adaptation in the neonatal period, with a focus on cardiopulmonary adaptation and low birth weight at high altitudes. She is the site principal investigator for the NIH-funded VentFirst trial of respiratory support with intact placental circulation in extremely preterm infants. Her high-altitude research has included the study of infant oxygenation in Lhasa, Tibet and studies of infant birth weight and cardiopulmonary adaptation in La Paz, Bolivia.