Susan C. Nicolson, MD

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Susan C. Nicolson, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with special interests in neuroprotective strategies and pulmonary hypertension.

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


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Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


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

Board Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Anesthesiologist

Josephine J. Templeton Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology Clinical Education

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

Departments and Services




Russell MW, Moldenhauer JS, Rychik J, Nancy B. Burnham NB, Erin Zullo E, Samuel I Parry S, Simmons RA, Elovitz MA, Nicolson SC, Linn RL, Johnson MP, Yu S, Matthew Sampson M, Hakonarson H, Gaynor JW. Damaging variants in proangiogenic genes impair growth in fetuses with cardiac defects. [Published online ahead of print June 18, 2019] J Pediatr.


Gaynor JW, Parry S, Moldenhauer JS, Simmons RA, Rychik J, Ittenbach RF, Russell WW, Zullo E, Ward JL, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, Johnson MP. The impact of the maternal-fetal environment on outcomes of surgery for congenital heart disease in neonates. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Feb 13. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezy015. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29447332 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


Naim MY, Gaynor JW, Chen J, Nicolson SC, Fuller S, Spray TL, Dlugos DJ, Clancy RR, Costa LV, Licht DJ, Xiao R, Meldrum H, Abend NS. Subclinical seizures identified by postoperative electroencephalographic monitoring are common after neonatal cardiac surgery.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(1):169-178.


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.