Sunah Hwang, MD, PhD, MPH/MSPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neonatology

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Medical School:
  • MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (2003)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) (1994)
Internship:
  • New York University School of Medicine Program (2004)
Residency:
  • New York University School of Medicine Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (2007)
Fellowships:
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Society for Pediatric Research, Elected Member (2017)
  • Western Society for Pediatric Research, Elected Member (2017)
  • Daniel M. Hall Teaching Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Section of Neonatology (2017)
  • Award for Manuscript that Advances the Field of Applied Maternal and, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference (2014)
  • New England Science Symposium Award for Original Research, Harvard Medical School (2010)
  • Martha May Eliot Endowment Award, Harvard School of Public Health (2008)
  • Outstanding Resident of the Year, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Selected as Chief Resident of Pediatrics (2006)
    New York University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Community Service, Alumni Scholarship for Community Service (1999)
    State University of New York, Downstate

Publications

  • Witt RE, Colvin BN, Lenze SN, Forbes ES, Parker MGK, Hwang SS, Rogers CE, Colson ER. Lived experiences of stress of Black and Hispanic mothers during hospitalization of preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units. J Perinatol. 2021 Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34663902
  • Weikel BW, Palau MA, Hwang SS. Ethnic Disparities in the Care of Opioid-Exposed Newborns in Colorado Birthing Hospitals. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34649934
  • Hwang SS, Tong S, Pyle L, Battaglia C, McManus B, Niermeyer S, Sauaia A. Impact of State Prioritization of Safe Infant Sleep Programs on Supine Sleep Positioning for Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34544194
  • Bourque SL, Weikel BW, Palau MA, Greenfield JC, Hall A, Klawetter S, Neu M, Scott J, Shah P, Roybal KL, Hwang SS. The Association of Social Factors and Time Spent in the NICU for Mothers of Very Preterm Infants. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 Sep;11(9):988-996. PubMed PMID: 34426486
  • Colvin BN, Parker MG, Hwang SS, Forbes ES, Brown K, Colson ER. Perspectives about Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure from Mothers of Premature Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Jul 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34396497
  • Truong C, Juhl A, Hwang SS. Risk factors for postpartum depressive symptoms among mothers of Colorado-born preterm infants. J Perinatol. 2021 Aug;41(8):2028-2037. PubMed PMID: 34035446
  • Hwang SS. Commentary on Shi et al: Prenatal cannabis use and infant health - the search for clarity and consistency. Addiction. 2021 Nov;116(11):3080-3081. PubMed PMID: 33945197
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Farland LV, Diop H, Coddington CC, Cabral H. Influence of Placental Abnormalities and Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension in Prematurity Associated with Various Assisted Reproductive Technology Techniques. J Clin Med. 2021 Apr 14;10(8). PubMed PMID: 33919833
  • Hannan KE, Bourque SL, Palmer C, Tong S, Hwang SS. Prevalence and Predictors of Medical Complexity in a National Sample of VLBW Infants. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 May;11(5):525-535. PubMed PMID: 33906959
  • Hwang SS. The Call to Translate Data Into Action to Prevent Infant Death. Pediatrics. 2021 May;147(5). PubMed PMID: 33906931
  • Bourque SL, Weikel BW, Crispe K, Hwang SS. Association of Rural and Frontier Residence with Very Preterm and Very Low Birth Weight Delivery in Nonlevel III NICUs. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33878765
  • Parker MG, Hwang SS. Quality improvement approaches to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in the neonatal intensive care unit. Semin Perinatol. 2021 Jun;45(4):151412. PubMed PMID: 33865628
  • Hwang SS, Tong S, Smith RA, Barfield WD, Pyle L, Battaglia C, McManus B, Niermeyer S, Sauaia A. Persistent Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Supine Sleep Positioning among US Preterm Infants, 2000-2015. J Pediatr. 2021 Jun;233:51-57.e3. PubMed PMID: 33676934
  • Dukhovny D, Hwang SS, Gopal D, Cabral HJ, Diop H, Stern JE. Association of maternal fertility status and receipt of fertility treatment with healthcare utilization in infants up to age four. J Perinatol. 2021 Oct;41(10):2408-2416. PubMed PMID: 33649443
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Cui X, Gopal D, Cabral HJ, Coddington CC, Missmer SA, Hwang SS, Farland LV, Dukhovny D, Diop H. Optimizing the control group for evaluating ART outcomes: can outpatient claims data yield a better control group?. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 May;38(5):1089-1100. PubMed PMID: 33606146
  • Townsend SF, Hodapp CD, Weikel B, Hwang SS. Shifting the care paradigm for opioid-exposed newborns in Southern Colorado. J Perinatol. 2021 Jun;41(6):1372-1380. PubMed PMID: 33288868
  • Hwang SS, Parker MG, Colvin BN, Forbes ES, Brown K, Colson ER. Understanding the barriers and facilitators to safe infant sleep for mothers of preterm infants. J Perinatol. 2021 Aug;41(8):1992-1999. PubMed PMID: 33288866
  • Farland LV, Stern JE, Hwang SS, Liu CL, Cabral H, Knowlton R, Gershman ST, Coddington CC 3rd, Missmer SA. Early-life cancer, infertility, and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes: a registry linkage study in Massachusetts. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Feb;32(2):169-180. PubMed PMID: 33247354
  • Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Farland LV, Stern JE. Sex differences in infant health following ART-treated, subfertile, and fertile deliveries. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Jan;38(1):211-218. PubMed PMID: 33185819
  • Shah PV, Tong S, Hwang SS, Bourque SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prenatal and Postnatal Counseling About Maternal and Infant Health-Promoting Practices Among Teen Mothers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Feb;34(1):40-46. PubMed PMID: 33069872
  • Hwang SS, Liu CL, Yu Q, Cui X, Diop H. Risk factors for emergency room use and rehospitalization among opioid-exposed newborns in Massachusetts. Birth. 2021 Mar;48(1):26-35. PubMed PMID: 32888362
  • Shah PV, Tong S, Hwang SS, Bourque SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prenatal and Postnatal Counseling About Maternal and Infant Health Promoting Practices Among Teen Mothers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2020 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33069872
  • Hwang SS, Weikel B, Adams J, Bourque SL, Cabrera J, Griffith N, Hall AM, Scott J, Smith D, Wheeler C, Woodard J, Wymore E. The Colorado Hospitals Substance Exposed Newborn Quality Improvement Collaborative: Standardization of Care for Opioid-Exposed Newborns Shortens Length of Stay and Reduces Number of Infants Requiring Opiate Therapy. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Sep;10(9):783-791. PubMed PMID: 32769086
  • Hannan KE, Smith RA, Barfield WD, Hwang SS. Association between Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Admission and Supine Sleep Positioning, Breastfeeding, and Postnatal Smoking among Mothers of Late Preterm Infants. J Pediatr. 2020 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32698029
  • Parker MG, Hwang SS, Forbes ES, Colvin BN, Brown KR, Colson ER. Use of the Theory of Planned Behavior Framework to Understand Breastfeeding Decision-Making Among Mothers of Preterm Infants. Breastfeed Med. 2020 Oct;15(10):608-615. PubMed PMID: 32678988
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Diop H, Cabral H. Contributions to prematurity of maternal health conditions, subfertility, and assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2020 Oct;114(4):828-836. PubMed PMID: 32624216
  • Stein Y, Hwang S, Liu CL, Diop H, Wymore E. The Association of Concomitant Maternal Marijuana Use on Health Outcomes for Opioid Exposed Newborns in Massachusetts, 2003-2009. J Pediatr. 2020 Mar;218:238-242. PubMed PMID: 31843217
  • Neu M, Klawetter S, Greenfield JC, Roybal K, Scott JL, Hwang SS. Mothers' Experiences in the NICU Before Family-Centered Care and in NICUs Where It Is the Standard of Care. Adv Neonatal Care. 2020 Feb;20(1):68-79. PubMed PMID: 31567314
  • Burris HH, Wright CJ, Kirpalani H, Collins JW Jr, Lorch SA, Elovitz MA, Hwang SS. The promise and pitfalls of precision medicine to resolve black-white racial disparities in preterm birth. Pediatr Res. 2020 Jan;87(2):221-226. PubMed PMID: 31382269
  • Hwang SS, Liu CL, Yu Q, Cui X, Diop H. Risk factors for emergency room use and re-hospitalization among opioid-exposed newborns in Massachusetts. Birth. 2020 Sept 5.
  • Hwang SS, Weikel B, Adams J, Bourque SL, Cabrera J, Griffith N, Hall AM, Scott J, Smith D, Wheeler C, Woodard J, Wymore E. The Colorado Hospitals Substance Exposed Newborn Quality Improvement Collaborative: Standardization of Care for Opioid-Exposed Newborns Shortens Length of Stay and Reduces Number of Infants Requiring Opiate Therapy. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Sep;10(9):783-791. PubMed PMID: 32769086
  • Hannan KE, Smith RA, Barfield WD, Hwang SS. Association between Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Admission and Supine Sleep Positioning, Breastfeeding, and Postnatal Smoking among Mothers of Late Preterm Infants. J Pediatr. 2020 Dec;227:114-120.e1. PubMed PMID: 32698029
  • Parker MG, Hwang SS, Forbes ES, Colvin BN, Brown KR, Colson ER. Use of the Theory of Planned Behavior Framework to Understand Breastfeeding Decision-Making Among Mothers of Preterm Infants. Breastfeed Med. 2020 Oct;15(10):608-615. PubMed PMID: 32678988
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Diop H, Cabral H. Contributions to prematurity of maternal health conditions, subfertility, and assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2020 Oct;114(4):828-836. PubMed PMID: 32624216
  • Hannan KE, Hwang SS, Bourque SL. Readmissions among NICU graduates: Who, when and why?. Semin Perinatol. 2020 Jun;44(4):151245. PubMed PMID: 32253024
  • Stein Y, Hwang S, Liu CL, Diop H, Wymore E. The Association of Concomitant Maternal Marijuana Use on Health Outcomes for Opioid Exposed Newborns in Massachusetts, 2003-2009. J Pediatr. 2020 Mar;218:238-242. PubMed PMID: 31843217
  • Neu M, Klawetter S, Greenfield JC, Roybal K, Scott JL, Hwang SS. Mothers' Experiences in the NICU Before Family-Centered Care and in NICUs Where It Is the Standard of Care. Adv Neonatal Care. 2020 Feb;20(1):68-79. PubMed PMID: 31567314
  • Burris HH, Wright CJ, Kirpalani H, Collins JW Jr, Lorch SA, Elovitz MA, Hwang SS. The promise and pitfalls of precision medicine to resolve black-white racial disparities in preterm birth. Pediatr Res. 2020 Jan;87(2):221-226. PubMed PMID: 31382269
  • Beard L, Levek C, Hwang S, Grover T. Prediction of Nonelective Central Venous Catheter Removal in Medically Complex Neonates. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2019 Jul-Aug;4(4):e179. PubMed PMID: 31572882
  • Neu M, Klawetter S, Greenfield JC, Roybal K, Scott JL, Hwang SS. Mothers' Experiences in the NICU Before Family-Centered Care and in NICUs Where It Is the Standard of Care. Adv Neonatal Care. 2019 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31567314
  • Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Diop H, Coddington CC, Stern JE. Health outcomes for Massachusetts infants after fresh versus frozen embryo transfer. Fertil Steril. 2019 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31466699
  • Burris HH, Wright CJ, Kirpalani H, Collins JW Jr, Lorch SA, Elovitz MA, Hwang SS. The promise and pitfalls of precision medicine to resolve black-white racial disparities in preterm birth. Pediatr Res. 2019 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31382269
  • Klawetter S, Greenfield JC, Speer SR, Brown K, Hwang SS. An integrative review: maternal engagement in the neonatal intensive care unit and health outcomes for U.S.-born preterm infants and their parents. AIMS Public Health. 2019;6(2):160-183. PubMed PMID: 31297402
  • Klawetter S, Neu M, Roybal KL, Greenfield JC, Scott J, Hwang S. Mothering in the NICU: A qualitative exploration of maternal engagement. Soc Work Health Care. 2019 Sep;58(8):746-763. PubMed PMID: 31219407
  • Burris HH, Hwang SS, Collins JW Jr, Kirpalani H, Wright CJ. Re-conceptualizing Associations between Race and Morbidities of Extreme Prematurity. J Pediatr. 2019 Apr;207:10-14.e1. PubMed PMID: 30723017
  • Palau MA, Meier MR, Brinton JT, Hwang SS, Roosevelt GE, Parker TA. The impact of parental primary language on communication in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol. 2019 Feb;39(2):307-313. PubMed PMID: 30531932
  • Bourque SL, Levek C, Melara DL, Grover TR, Hwang SS. Prevalence and Predictors of Back-Transport Closer to Maternal Residence After Acute Neonatal Care in a Regional NICU. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30255218
  • Dukhovny D, Hwang SS, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Length of stay and cost of birth hospitalization: effects of subfertility and ART. J Perinatol. 2018 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30166621
  • Hwang SS, Burris HH, Collins JW Jr, Kirpalani H, Wright CJ. Moving beyond race and ethnicity to understand the effect of inhaled nitric oxide on bronchopulmonary dysplasia prevention. J Pediatr. 2018 Oct;201:298-300. PubMed PMID: 30029858
  • Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Health of Infants After ART-Treated, Subfertile, and Fertile Deliveries. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2). PubMed PMID: 29970386
  • Hwang SS, Melvin P, Diop H, Settle M, Mourad J, Gupta M. Implementation of safe sleep practices in Massachusetts NICUs: a state-wide QI collaborative. J Perinatol. 2018 May;38(5):593-599. PubMed PMID: 29410541
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Cabral HJ, Richards EG, Coddington CC, Hwang S, Dukhovny D, Diop H, Missmer SA. Birth outcomes of singleton vaginal deliveries to ART-treated, subfertile, and fertile primiparous women. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29926374
  • Hannan KE, Juhl AL, Hwang SS. Impact of NICU admission on Colorado-born late preterm infants: breastfeeding initiation, continuation and in-hospital breastfeeding practices. J Perinatol. 2018 May;38(5):557-566. PubMed PMID: 29371628
  • Dukhovny D, Hwang SS, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Length of stay and cost of birth hospitalization: effects of subfertility and ART. J Perinatol. 2018 Nov;38(11):1457-1465. PubMed PMID: 30166621
  • Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Health of Infants After ART-Treated, Subfertile, and Fertile Deliveries. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2). PubMed PMID: 29970386
  • Stern JE, Liu CL, Cabral HJ, Richards EG, Coddington CC, Hwang S, Dukhovny D, Diop H, Missmer SA. Birth outcomes of singleton vaginal deliveries to ART-treated, subfertile, and fertile primiparous women. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Sep;35(9):1585-1593. PubMed PMID: 29926374
  • Hwang SS, Melvin P, Diop H, Settle M, Mourad J, Gupta M. Implementation of safe sleep practices in Massachusetts NICUs: a state-wide QI collaborative. J Perinatol. 2018 May;38(5):593-599. PubMed PMID: 29410541
  • Hannan KE, Juhl AL, Hwang SS. Impact of NICU admission on Colorado-born late preterm infants: breastfeeding initiation, continuation and in-hospital breastfeeding practices. J Perinatol. 2018 May;38(5):557-566. PubMed PMID: 29371628
  • Bourque SL, Hwang SS. Underuse Versus Overuse of Neonatal Intensive Care: What Is the Right Amount?. J Pediatr. 2018 Jan;192:5-6. PubMed PMID: 29126596
  • Bourque SL, Hwang SS. Underuse Versus Overuse of Neonatal Intensive Care: What Is the Right Amount?. J Pediatr. 2017 Nov 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29126596
  • Hwang SS, Diop H, Liu CL, Yu Q, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Cui X, Kotelchuck M. Maternal Substance Use Disorders and Infant Outcomes in the First Year of Life among Massachusetts Singletons, 2003-2010. J Pediatr. 2017 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29050752
  • Hwang SS, Corwin MJ. Safe Infant Sleep Practices: Parental Engagement, Education, and Behavior Change. Pediatr Ann. 2017 Aug 1;46(8):e291-e296. PubMed PMID: 28806465
  • Kirkley MJ, Hwang SS. Is high-flow nasal cannula noninferior to nasal CPAP for the initial management of preterm infants?. Acta Paediatr. 2017 Sep;106(9):1537. PubMed PMID: 28419601
  • Hwang SS, Rybin DV, Kerr SM, Heeren TC, Colson ER, Corwin MJ. Predictors of Maternal Trust in Doctors About Advice on Infant Care Practices: The SAFE Study. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct;17(7):762-769. PubMed PMID: 28315416
  • Hwang SS, Rybin DV, Heeren TC, Colson ER, Corwin MJ. Trust in Sources of Advice about Infant Care Practices: The SAFE Study. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Sep;20(9):1956-64. PubMed PMID: 27129949
  • Farland LV, Stern JE, Hwang SS, Liu C, Cabral H, Knowlton R, Gershman ST, Coddington CC, Missmer SA. Early-life cancer, infertility and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes: a registry linkage study in Massachusetts. Cancer Causes & Control.
  • Hwang SS, Parker MG, Colvin BN, Forbes ES, Brown K, Colson ER. Understanding the barriers and facilitators to safe infant sleep for mothers of preterm infants. J Perinatol.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, Member
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member
  • Western Society for Pediatric Research, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Board Certification
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - High-Risk Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - Maternal and Fetal Health
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - Neonatal Intensive Care
Clinical Interests
Disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes; Transition from hospital to home for high risk infants; Statewide quality improvement collaboratives; SUID/SIDS; Safe infant sleep

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (2003)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) (1994)
Internships:
  • New York University School of Medicine Program (2004)
Residency Programs:
  • New York University School of Medicine Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (2007)
Fellowships:
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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