Susan S. Spinner, MSN, RN

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Susan S. Spinner, MSN, RN, is an advanced practice nurse and team lead of fetal therapy coordinators and genetic counselors with the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatal Critical Care, Surgical fetal diagnosis and treatment, Fetal surgery for myelomeningocele (spina bifida), Congenital lung lesions, Fetal therapy nursing
Locations: Main Campus
Phone: 800-468-8376


Susan S. Spinner, MSN, RN, is an advanced practice nurse and team lead, fetal therapy coordinators and genetic counselors, with the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

A fetal therapy clinical coordinator is a clinician who guides families throughout their pregnancy and care, and is generally the first point of contact for a patient family who contacts the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

The fetal therapy coordinator team receives referrals, removes barriers to care, and minimizes the wait for a diagnostic evaluation and counseling appointment. We provide verbal, written and online resources, and may connect the patient to families that have had similar experiences. Depending on each patient’s evaluation and diagnosis, our team arranges specific counseling with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, fetal and pediatric surgeons, and other subspecialists as needed. We help guide families throughout their care, from prenatal testing and surveillance through delivery and after a baby is born, working closely with your physicians back home to coordinate ongoing care for both mother and child.

Education and Training

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MSN - Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Advanced Practice Nurse

Team Lead, Fetal Therapy Coordinators and Genetic Counselors

Departments and Services




Riley JS, Urwin JW, Oliver ER, Coleman BG, Khalek N, Moldenhauer JS, Gebb J, Hedrick HL, Spinner SS, Adzick NS, Peranteau WH: Prenatal growth characteristics and pre/postnatal management of bronchopulmonary sequestrations. J Pediatr Surg 53:265-269, 2018. 


Spinner SS. The Fetal Therapy Nurse Coordinator: The Nexus. Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. 2017.


Moldenhauer JS, Soni S, Rintoul NE, Spinner SS, Khalek N, Martinez-Poyer J, Flake AW, Hedrick HL, Peranteau WH, Rendon N, Koh J, Howell LJ, Heuer GG, Sutton LN, Johnson MP, Adzick NS. Fetal Myelomeningocele Repair: The Post-MOMS Experience at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2015;37(3):235-40. Epub 2014 Aug 15.

Soni S, Moldenhauer JS, Spinner SS, Rendon N, Khalek N, Martinez-Poyer J, Johnson MP, Adzick NS. Chorioamniotic Membrane Separation and Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes Complicating In Utero Myelomeningocele Repair. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Dec 12. Read the abstract.

Awards and Honors

2007, “Top Talent,"  Virtua Health Best People Review

2007, Governor’s Merit Award for Nursing Excellence, Expert Research Category, New Jersey

2007, “Superstar Award,” Virtua Health

1994, Delta Rho Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau (International Honor Society for Nursing)

1989-1991, “Star” Employee for Leadership in Nursing Award, Thomas Jefferson University

1989-1991, Nursing Executive Council, Thomas Jefferson University

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

Fetal Therapy Nurse Network, President

American College of Healthcare Executives

National Association of Neonatal Nursing

Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses

  • 2011 President elect

Philadelphia Liquid Ventilation Consortium