San Diego County

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MC 5008
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Baylor College of Medicine


Stanford University Medical Center


Stanford University Medical Center


Stanford University Medical Center - Fellowships

Board Certifications

Neonatology, Pediatrics




Dr. Denise Suttner is the clinical director of the Rady Children’s Hospital NICU’s. She has been a full-time neonatologist at Rady Children's and helping patients, including premature infants, with medical care since 1998.

In addition to her clinical duties involving neonatal care, she is director of the San Diego Regional ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Program and a professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego.

Under her direction, the ECMO program has been honored with the International ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) Award of Excellence, now for a second term.

Before becoming the neonatal intensive care unit clinical director, Dr. Suttner received her medical school degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her internship, residency and neonatal fellowship at Stanford University.

As a neonatologist, she is a member of several Hospital committees and has been an active participant in the research community, serving as a principal investigator on several multicenter clinical trials.

UCSD Profile


Use of Pulse Oximetry Pulsatility Index Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease.
Rasmussen M, Suttner D, Poeltler D, Katheria AC

Fundamentals in neonatologist staffing: transparency, autonomy, and partnership.
Suttner D, Mestan K, Steinhorn R

Risk factors for neonatal encephalopathy in late preterm and term singleton births in a large California birth cohort.
Bandoli G, Suttner D, Kiernan E, Baer RJ, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Chambers CD

Heliox Adjunct Therapy for Neonates With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
Wise AC, Boutin MA, Knodel EM, Proudfoot JA, Lane BP, Evans ML, Suttner DM, Kimball AL

Adult Outcomes After Newborn Respiratory Failure Treated With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.
Engle WA, West KW, Hocutt GA, Pallotto EK, Haney B, Keith RJ, Stewart DL, Knodel E, Suttner D, Chapman R, Thomas A, Schwerin B, Stork E, Crowley M, Piazza AJ, Heard ML, Gebregziabher N, Fadel W, Bartlett R

Target versus actual oxygenation index at initiation of inhaled nitric oxide in neonates with hypoxic respiratory failure: survey results from 128 patient cases.
Golombek S, Suttner D, Ehrlich R, Potenziano J

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