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Sunah Susan Hwang, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University Hospital in Aurora, CO. She was born in South Korea, immigrated to NYC at the age of 6, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Hwang obtained her BA in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She worked as an editoral assistant in book publishing for a year before heading to medical school at the State University of New York Downstate. She completed her residency in pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She then moved to Boston for a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. She obtained her MPH from the Harvard School of Public health with a concentration in maternal and child health. Dr. Hwang is also currently in her 2nd year of the Health Services Research PhD program at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Dr. Hwang’s research focus is on the transition of care of high risk infants from NICU to home. She has published several studies on the prevalence and predictors of parental adherence to health promoting care practices for preterm and term infants, such as safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, and reducing second-hand smoke exposure. Dr. Hwang prioritizes collaborating with investigators across various disciplines and works closely with researchers from public health and clinical arenas to develop implementation and dissemination studies to translate research findings into practice and policy change. Nationally, she has worked with researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate outcomes for preterm and term infants through the analysis of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). At the state level, she is serving as a co-principal investigator for a HRSA-funded project that assesses the outcomes of Massachusetts-born infants exposed to maternal substance use, utilizing data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System (PELL). In addition, she leads the Massachusetts Neonatal-Perinatal Quality Collaborative on Implementation of Safe Sleep Practices in NICUs across the state.

View Dr. Hanchard's articles in PubMed