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Susan Niermeyer, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


   Phone: 720-777-1234 (TBD)
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Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Susan Niermeyer, MD, earned her medical degree in 1979 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1982 and a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, also at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in 1984. Dr. Niermeyer joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1990. She was appointed Professor of Pediatrics in 2003.

Dr. Niermeyer’s research focuses on international child health, neonatal resuscitation, and high-altitude physiology including cardiopulmonary adaptation in infants at high altitude, acute mountain sickness in children, and fetal and neonatal origins of chronic mountain sickness. Dr. Niermeyer has received many grants for her research work.

Dr. Niermeyer serves as editor in the development of a global curriculum in neonatal resuscitation, which is aimed at birth attendants in first-level health settings, especially in resource-limited settings. Under the auspices of the American Academy of Pediatrics and collaborating organizations, the curriculum will be field-tested and scaled up to assess its impact not only on the knowledge, skills, and practice of health care providers, but also on neonatal outcomes. She is technical advisor to Freedom of Breath, Fountain of Life, the program of the Chinese Ministry of Health to disseminate neonatal resuscitation training across the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Niermeyer is an active member of several international organizations for neonatal resuscitation and high-altitude medicine. She also takes an active role in many institutional committees.

Dr. Niermeyer is a reviewer for numerous medical journals, past member of the editorial board of NeoReviews, and a highly regarded speaker both nationally and internationally. Her contribution to the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 4th edition, was recognized with 1st Place in the American Medical Writer’s Association (AMWA) Medical Book Awards.

  • Member, APS, 2011
  • Recognition, People's Republic of China Ministry of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Contributions to Freed of Breath, Fountain of Life, Shanghai, China, 2010
  • Scientific Plenary Speaker, Simulation in Low-Resource Settings, Grand Opening Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, 2010
  • Joan Hodgman Memorial Lecture, Helping Babies Breathe: Opportunities for Knowledge Translation and Research in Global Health, Western Society for Pediatric Research, Carmel, California, 2011
  • Delta Omega, National Academic Honor Society in Public Health, Denver, Colorado, 2010
  • Summit Award, Helping Babies Breathe, American Society for Association Executives, AAP, 2010
  • Nominated, Plenary Speaker, International Simulation Society Conference in 2010, 2009
  • Best Doctors in America, 2008-2009
  • Editor, Helping Babies Breathe, a Global Curriculum in Neonatal Resuscitation, AAP, 2007

Publications in PubMed

  • Niermeyer S. Children’s health and high altitude living. Arch Dis Child. 2008 Dec 9. [PMID: 19066173]
  • Wyllie J, Niermeyer S. The role of resuscitation drugs and placental transfusion in the delivery room management of newborn infants. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2008;33:416-23. [PMID: 18508418]
  • Yaron, M, Niermeyer S. Travel to high altitude with young children: an approach for clinicians. High Alt Med Biol. 2008 Winter;9(4):265-9. [PMID: 19115909]
  • Julian CG, Vargas E, Armaza JF, Wilson MJ, Niermeyer S, Moore LG. High-altitude ancestry protects against hypoxia-associated reductions in fetal growth. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2007 Sep;92(5):F372-7. [PMID: 17329275]
  • Moore LG, Niermeyer S, Vargas E. Does chronic mountain sickness (CMS) have perinatal origins? Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2007 Sep;158(2-3):180-9. [PMID: 17706469]
  • Vargas M, Vargas E, Julian CG, Armaza JF, Rodriguez A, Tellez W, Niermeyer S, Wilson M, Parra E, Shriver M, Moore LG. Determinants of blood oxygenation during pregnancy in Andean and European residents of high altitude. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Sep;293(3):R1303-12. [PMID: 17609312]
  • Wilson MJ, Lopez M, Vargas M, Julian C, Tellez W, Rodriguez A, Bigham A, Armaza JF, Niermeyer S, Shriver M, Vargas E, Moore LG. Greater uterine artery blood flow during pregnancy in multigenerational (Andean) than shorter-term (European) high-altitude residents. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Sep;293(3):R1313-24. [PMID: 17581833]
  • Niermeyer S. Going to high altitude with a newborn infant. High Alt Med Biol. 2007 Summer;8(2):117-23. [PMID: 17584005]
  • Southard A, Niermeyer S, Yaron M. Language used in Lake Louise Scoring System underestimates symptoms of acute mountain sickness in 4- to 11-year-old children. High Alt Med Biol. 2007 Summer;8(2):124-30. [PMID: 17584006]
  • Huicho L, Niermeyer S. Cross-sectional study of electrocardiographic pattern in healthy children resident at high altitude. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2007 Jun;133(2):879-86. [PMID: 17340640]
  • Eisenburger P, Honigman B, Niermeyer S, Voelckel W. Cardiac arrest at high altitude. In: Paradis N, editor: Cardiac arrest: the science and practice of resuscitation medicine. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Huicho L, Niermeyer S. Cardiopulmonary pathology among children resident at high altitude in Tintaya, Peru: a cross-sectional study. High Alt Med Biol. 2006 Summer;7(2):168-79. [PMID: 16764529]
  • Niermeyer S. Volume resuscitation: crystalloid versus colloid. Clin Perinatol. 2006 Mar; 33(1):133-40, viii. Review. [PMID: 16533639]
  • Singhal N, Niermeyer S. Neonatal resuscitation where resources are limited. Clin Perinatol. 2006 Mar;33(1):219-28, x-xi. Review. [PMID: 16533646]