Susan C. Nicolson, MD

Susan C. Nicolson, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at CHOP with special interests in neuroprotective strategies and pulmonary hypertension.

Areas of Expertise: Clinical investigation, Neuroprotective strategies, Pulmonary hypertension, Single ventricle physiology
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

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  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Anesthesiologist

    Professor of Anesthesia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications


    Steven JM, Nicolson SC, Jobes DR. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In: Nichols DG et al, editors. Critical heart disease in infants and children. Mosby Year Book (in press).

    Steven JM, Nicolson SC. Anesthetic Care During Staged Reconstruction for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. In:  Wernovsky G, Rychik J, editors. Kluver Academic Publishing. (in press)

    Nicolson SC, Jobes DR, Steven JM. Anesthesia for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Henien H editor. (in press) 2001

    Galli KK, Myers L, Nicolson SC: Anesthesia for adults with congenital heart disease for non-cardiac surgery.  In: Park T, editor. International anesthesia clinics. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2001. p.43-71.

    Nicolson SC: Tricuspid atresia In: Roizen MF, Fleisher LA, editors. Essence of Anesthesia Practice. W.B. Saunders; 2001. p.325.

    Nicolson SC. Upper respiratory tract infections.  In: Essence of anesthesia practice. Roizin MF, Fleisher LA, editors. W.B. Saunders; 2001. p 330.


    Ramamoorthy C, Tabbutt S, Kurth CD, Montenegro LM, Nicolson SC: Effects of
    Hypoxic and Hypercapnic Inspired Gas Mixtures on Cerebral Oxygen Saturation in Neonates with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  Anesthesiology (in press). 

    Galli KK, Gaynor JW, Montenegro LM, Peterson KL, Steven JM, Gould DS, Lacy SP, Spray TL, Decampli WD, Nicolson SC: The Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Pentobarbital for Sedation in Neonates and Infants with Natural Airway for Brain MRI in the Early Postoperative Period following Congenital Heart Surgery. Presented at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Spring 2002 Meeting: Miami Beach, Florida.

    Gould DS, Montenegro LM, Gaynor JW, Stephens P, Lacy S, Spray TL, Steven JM, Nicolson SC: Comparison of On-Site and Off-Site PDA Ligation in Premature Infants. Presented at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Spring 2002 Meeting: Miami Beach, Florida.

    Tabbutt S, Ramamoorthy C, Montenegro LM, Durning SM, Kurth CD, Steven JM, Godinez RI, Spray TL, Wernovsky G, Nicolson SC: Impact of Inspired Gas Mixtures on PreOperative Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome during Controlled Ventilation. Circulation 102 (supplement II) II-164.

    Watzman HM, Kurth CD, Rome J, Nicolson SC, Steven JM, Montenegro LM. Validation of Phase-Modulated Near-Infrared Spectroscopy with Cerebral Oxygen Saturation Measurement in Children. Anesthesiology 89: A458, 1999

    Kurth CD, Steven JM, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Watzman M, Gaynor JW et al. Pre-operative Cerebral Oxygenation in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease. Presented at American Heart Association.




    Nathan AT, Berkowitz DH, Montenegro LM, Nicolson SC, Vetter VL, Jobes DR. Implications of Anesthesia in Children with Long QT Syndrome. Anesth Analg. 2011 Feb 23. Read abstract.


    Ballweg JA, Dominguez TE, Tabbutt S, Rome JJ, Gaynor JW, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, Ravishankar C. Reintervention for arch obstruction after stage 1 reconstruction does not adversely affect survival or outcome at Fontan completion. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Sep;140(3):545-9. Read abstract.



    Ades AM, Dominguez TE, Nicolson SC, Gaynor JW, Spray TL, Wernovsky G, Tabbutt S. Morbidity and mortality after surgery for congenital cardiac disease in the infant born with low weight. Cardiol Young. 2010 Feb;20(1):8-17. Epub 2009 Dec 18. Read abstract

    Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Cohen MS, O'Neill D, Calfin D, Jones LA, Jobes DR. A comparison of the efficacy and safety of chloral hydrate versus inhaled anesthesia for sedating infants and toddlers for transthoracic echocardiograms. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Jan;23(1):38-42. Read abstract

    Su F, Nicolson SC, Gastonguay MR, Barrett JS, Adamson PC, Kang DS, Godinez RI, Zuppa AF. Population pharmacokinetics of dexmedetomidine in infants after open heart surgery. Anesth Analg. 2010 May 1;110(5):1383-92.

    Nathan AT, Marino BS, Dominguez T, Tabbutt S, Nicolson S, Donaghue DD, Spray TL, Rychik J.Tricuspid valve dysplasia with severe tricuspid regurgitation: fetal pulmonary artery size predicts lung viability in the presence of small lung volumes. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2010;27(2):101-5. Epub 2010 Jan 12.


    Raffini L, Schwed A, Zheng XL, Tanzer M, Nicolson S, Gaynor JW, Jobes D. Thromboelastography of Patients After Fontan Compared with Healthy Children. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009 Apr 9.

    Licht DJ, Shera DM, Clancy RR, Wernovsky G, Montenegro LM, Nicolson SC, Zimmerman RA, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Vossough A. Brain maturation is delayed in infants with complex congenital heart defects. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Mar;137(3):529-36; discussion 536-7.

    Petit CJ, Rome JJ, Wernovsky G, Mason SE, Shera DM, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Tabbutt S, Zimmerman RA, Licht DJ. Preoperative brain injury in transposition of the great arteries is associated with oxygenation and time to surgery, not balloon atrial septostomy. Circulation. 2009 Feb 10;119(5):709-16. Epub 2009 Jan 26.


    Tabbutt S, Nicolson SC, Dominguez TE, Wells W, Backer CL, Tweddell JS, Bokesch P, Schreiner M. Perioperative course in 118 infants and children undergoing coarctation repair via a thoracotomy: A prospective, multicenter experience. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Nov;136(5):1229-36. Epub 2008 Aug 29.


    Ballweg JA, Dominguez TE, Ravishankar C, Gaynor JW, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, Tabbutt S. A contemporary comparison of the effect of shunt type in hypoplastic left heart syndrome on the hemodynamics and outcome at Fontan completion. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Sep;140(3):537-44. Read abstract.

    Posters and Presentations

    Nicolson SC. General Principles of Surgical Management - Anesthesia and Monitoring. and Road Trip in the Neonate with a Single Ventricle—Preparing for In-Hospital Transport and Induction of Anesthesia and Extended Role of the Cardiac Anesthesiologist in the Care of Children with CHD. Presented at Cardiology 2002, Annual Update on Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease: February 2002; Orlando, Florida.


    Nicolson SC. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Survival and Beyond. Presented at AmSECT Pediatric Perfusion Conference: December 2001; Baltimore, Maryland.

    Nicolson SC. Anesthesia for Non-Cardiac Surgery in the Child with Congenita Heart Disease. Presented at Refresher Course, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Winter Meeting: February 1999; Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Nicolson SC. Surgical Repair for Single Ventricle Anomalies. A Challenge for the Anesthesiologist. Presented at Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Workshop: April 1999. 

    Nicolson SC. Can Children with Williams Syndrome Be Anesthetized Safely? Presented at the
     Williams Syndrome Association Tri-State Region Conference: November 1999; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.