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Susan Coffin, MD, MPH
Susan Coffin
Associate Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Coffin’s research interests focus on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections in the pediatric population. She also investigates the epidemiology of pediatric respiratory viral infections, with a particular emphasis on influenza.



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Dr. Coffin's research interests focus upon the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated and vaccine-preventable infections in children. Over the past several years, she has expanded her focus to include the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in neonates and young children in low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC). Her work in this area has been recognized by the Centers of Disease Control and Gates Foundation in their request to participate in a small panel responsible for conducting a landscape analysis on the state of neonatal sepsis prevention in LMIC.

Board certified in Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Coffin served as the hospital epidemiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadephia for more than a decade and is an associate scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education and Training

BA, Williams College (History), 1983

MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1987

MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Epidemiology), 1991

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics

Associate Fellowship Program Director

Attending Physician

Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 1987-

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 1992-

Infectious Diseases Society of America, 1992-

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, 2000-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2002-

Children's Health Care Association of America, 2005-

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2006-

National Institutes of Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 2007-

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2009-

National Association of Children's Hospitals and Research Institutions/Children's Healthcare Association, 2010-

Infection Prevention and Infection Control Advisory Board, 2010-

Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2012-

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015-

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2016-

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016-

American Academy Section on Infectious Diseases, 2017-

Professional Awards

F1000 Infectious Diseases Faculty Member of the Year, 2013

Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2015

Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society, 2016

Fellow, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology , 2016

Publication Highlights

Feemster K, Localio R, Grundmeier R, Metlay JP, Coffin SE. Incidence of Healthcare-Associated Influenza-Like Illness After a Primary Care Encounter Among Young Children. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc. 2018 May; PMID: 29579251
Coffin SE, Klieger SB, Duggan C, Huskins WC, Milstone AM, Potter-Bynoe G, Raphael B, Sandora TJ, Song X, Zerr DM, Lee GM. Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Neonates with Gastrointestinal Conditions: developing a candidate definition for mucosal barrier injury bloodstream infections. Infect Cont Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Nov; 35(11):1391-9. PMID: 25333434
Smith MJ, Clark HF, Lawley D, Bell LM, Hodinka RL, DiStefano DJ, Kulnis G, Zaoutis TE, Coffin SE. The clinical and molecular epidemiology of community- and healthcare-acquired rotavirus gastroenteritis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2008 Jan; 27(1):54-8. PMID: 18162939
Coffin SE, Zaoutis TE, Rosenquist ABW, Heydon K, Herrera G, Bridges CB, Watson B, Localio R, Hodinka RL, Keren R. Incidence, complications, and risk factors for prolonged stay in children hospitalized with community-acquired influenza. Pediatrics. 2007 Apr; 119(4):740-8. PMID: 17403845
Keren R, Zaoutis TE, Bridges CB, Herrera G, Watson BM, Wheeler AB, Licht DJ, Luan XQ, Coffin SE. Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease as a Risk Factor for Respiratory Failure in Children Hospitalized with Influenza Infection. JAMA. 2005 Nov; 294(17):2188-94. PMID: 16264160

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