Dr. Niermeyer practices and teaches clinical neonatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University Hospital, and community hospital nurseries in the Denver area. In 2009 she completed a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. Susan’s clinical and educational areas of emphasis include neonatal resuscitation and cardiopulmonary physiology in infancy. She has served as co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee and is currently editor for Helping Babies Breathe, the AAP global educational program for neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited settings.
Her 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 analysis of the relationship of maternal smoking and birth weight at high altitude in Colorado. Underlying her interest in neonatal resuscitation and high-altitude physiology in infants and children is a strong commitment to the health of children around the world, including those in isolated and less-developed regions. This is reflected in her continuing role with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help disseminate the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and Helping Babies Breathe wherever babies are born.