Susan Niermeyer, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Neonatology

Medical School:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1979)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2009)
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Pediatrics (1982)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1984)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology

Recognition & Awards

  • The Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education Lectureship, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, (2010)
  • Ray Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Research, Academic Pediatric Association, (2010)
  • Member, Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, (2010)
  • Award of Excellence for Innovations by Associations that Advance America to Helping Babies Breathe , American Society for Association Executives , (2010)
  • Special Recognition by the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Health for contributions to the China Neonatal Resuscitation Program , People’s Republic of China Ministry of Health , (2010)
  • E. H. Christopherson Lectureship in International Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, (2009)
  • First Place, 2001 American Medical Writer’s Association (AMWA) Medical Book Awards Competition awarded to the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 4th edition (editorial board), (2001)
  • Special Recognition, Lasso Tobacco Colorado , (1996)
  • Children's Choice Nominee, Children's Choice, (1989)
  • "November Noel" fellowship in neonatology, American Lung Association , (1982)
  • Outstanding Woman in Medicine , American Medical Women's Association Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, (1979)
  • Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude with highest honors in Zoology, Butler University, (1975)
  • Outstanding Woman Student and "Top Ten" Outstanding Student, Butler University, (1975)
  • Dr. Robert H. Egbert Scholarship (pre-medical), Butler University, (1972)
  • National Merit Scholar, Butler University, (1971)
  • Member, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, (1900)
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, (1900)
  • Member, Iota Sigma Pi (honor society for women in Chemistry), (1900)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, (1900)


  • Professor of Pediatrics (2003)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Professor (2011)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    Department of Epidemiology
  • Co-director of Maternal Child Health Programs (2011)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    University of Colorado Center for Global Health
  • Professor (2007)
    Graduate School, Pediatrics
    Clinical Sciences


  • Kamath-Rayne BD, Thukral A, Visick MK, Schoen E, Amick E, Deorari A, Cain CJ, Keenan WJ, Singhal N, Little GA, Niermeyer S. Helping Babies Breathe, Second Edition: A Model for Strengthening Educational Programs to Increase Global Newborn Survival. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2018 Oct 3;6(3):538-551. PubMed PMID: 30287531
  • Moxon SG, Guenther T, Gabrysch S, Enweronu-Laryea C, Ram PK, Niermeyer S, Kerber K, Tann CJ, Russell N, Kak L, Bailey P, Wilson S, Wang W, Winter R, Carvajal-Aguirre L, Blencowe H, Campbell O, Lawn J. Service readiness for inpatient care of small and sick newborns: what do we need and what can we measure now?. J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010702. PubMed PMID: 30023050
  • Niermeyer S, Robertson NJ, Ersdal HL. Beyond basic resuscitation: What are the next steps to improve the outcomes of resuscitation at birth when resources are limited?. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Oct;23(5):361-368. PubMed PMID: 30001818
  • Niermeyer S, Perlman JM. Helping Babies Breathe: When Less Is More. Neonatology. 2018;114(2):124-126. PubMed PMID: 29804105
  • Zaka N, Alexander EC, Manikam L, Norman ICF, Akhbari M, Moxon S, Ram PK, Murphy G, English M, Niermeyer S, Pearson L. Quality improvement initiatives for hospitalised small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Implement Sci. 2018 Jan 25;13(1):20. PubMed PMID: 29370845
  • Bang A, Patel A, Bellad R, Gisore P, Goudar SS, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Meleth S, Goco N, Niermeyer S, Keenan W, Kamath-Rayne BD, Little GA, Clarke SB, Flanagan VA, Bucher S, Jain M, Mujawar N, Jain V, Rukunga J, Mahantshetti N, Dhaded S, Bhandankar M, McClure EM, Carlo WA, Wright LL, Hibberd PL. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) training: What happens to knowledge and skills over time?. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 Nov 22;16(1):364. PubMed PMID: 27875999
  • Berkelhamer SK, Kamath-Rayne BD, Niermeyer S. Neonatal Resuscitation in Low-Resource Settings. Clin Perinatol. 2016 Sep;43(3):573-91. PubMed PMID: 27524455
  • Niermeyer S. What Matters Most for the Survival of Small Newborns in Resource-Limited Settings?. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1). PubMed PMID: 27313068
  • Niermeyer S. Ventilation Remains the Key to Neonatal Resuscitation. J Pediatr. 2016 Apr;171:8-10. PubMed PMID: 26795682
  • Niermeyer S. From the Neonatal Resuscitation Program to Helping Babies Breathe: Global impact of educational programs in neonatal resuscitation. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Oct;20(5):300-8. PubMed PMID: 26265602
  • Thukral A, Lockyer J, Bucher SL, Berkelhamer S, Bose C, Deorari A, Esamai F, Faremo S, Keenan WJ, McMillan D, Niermeyer S, Singhal N. Evaluation of an educational program for essential newborn care in resource-limited settings: Essential Care for Every Baby. BMC Pediatr. 2015 Jun 24;15:71. PubMed PMID: 26105072
  • Katz D, Shore S, Bandle B, Niermeyer S, Bol KA, Khanna A. Sudden infant death syndrome and residential altitude. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun;135(6):e1442-9. PubMed PMID: 26009621
  • Enweronu-Laryea C, Dickson KE, Moxon SG, Simen-Kapeu A, Nyange C, Niermeyer S, Bégin F, Sobel HL, Lee AC, von Xylander S, Lawn JE. Basic newborn care and neonatal resuscitation: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S4. PubMed PMID: 26391000
  • Niermeyer S, Andrade-M MP, Vargas E, Moore LG. Neonatal oxygenation, pulmonary hypertension, and evolutionary adaptation to high altitude (2013 Grover Conference series). Pulm Circ. 2015 Mar;5(1):48-62. PubMed PMID: 25992270
  • Niermeyer S, Tobin A, Schoen E, Carter T, Klein JD. A new commitment to newborn survival. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb;135(2):211-2. PubMed PMID: 25560443
  • Weiner GM, Niermeyer S. Medications in neonatal resuscitation: epinephrine and the search for better alternative strategies. Clin Perinatol. 2012 Dec;39(4):843-55. PubMed PMID: 23164182
  • Xu T, Wang HS, Ye HM, Yu RJ, Huang XH, Wang DH, Wang LX, Feng Q, Gong LM, Ma Y, Keenan W, Niermeyer S. Impact of a nationwide training program for neonatal resuscitation in China. Chin Med J (Engl). 2012 Apr;125(8):1448-56. PubMed PMID: 22613652
  • Singhal N, Lockyer J, Fidler H, Keenan W, Little G, Bucher S, Qadir M, Niermeyer S. Helping Babies Breathe: global neonatal resuscitation program development and formative educational evaluation. Resuscitation. 2012 Jan;83(1):90-6. PubMed PMID: 21763669
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, Section on International Child Health, Section on Breastfeeding
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), District VIII Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado Chapter, Chair: International Pediatrics Committee (1992 – 2001)
  • American Public Health Association/Colorado Public Health Association , Member
  • International Society for Mountain Medicine , Member
  • Wilderness Medical Society, Member
  • Sociedad Iberoamericana de Neonatolog?a (SIBEN), Member
  • Society For Pediatric Research (SPR), Member
  • American Pediatric Society (APS), Member
  • Global Health Council, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Anschutz
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

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

Specialty Information

  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1984)
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Board Certification (2009)
  • Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners , Board Certification (1981)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners , Certificate (1980)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1979)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2009)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Pediatrics (1982)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1984)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Neonatology