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Suma B. Hoffman, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

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Additional Title:

Associate Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program



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Education and Training

Suma Bhat Hoffman, M.D. joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Department of Pediatrics in August 2012 where she is a practicing Neonatologist and active in clinical reseach.

She earned both her undergraduate degree, B.S. in Public Health, Nutrition (2002), and medical degree (2006) from the Univerisy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then went on to complete pediatric residency in 2009 and perinatal-neonatal fellowship in 2012 at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Currently, she is enrolled in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  


Dr. Hoffman's primary research focus is in evaluating hemodynamic status in premature infants and the relationship to both short-term and long-term outcome in this vulnerable population. She utilizes Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to non-invasively measure regional tissue perfusion in these patients in relation to their blood pressure and medication exposure. She is especially interested in clinical outcomes of hypotension, imparied cerebral autoregulation, and the use of vasopressor support. 

In addition to her clinical research intrests, Dr. Hoffman is also the director of the University of Maryland Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and oversees NRP training of residents, attendings, and NPs in the institution. Given her simulation interest, she also co-runs the neonatal fellow simulation ciriculum, using simulation to increase the confidence of fellows in clinical situations.

Research/Clinical Keywords

NIRS, Hypotension, Cerebral Autoregulation, Prematurity, IVH, Mortality, RDS

Highlighted Publications

Hoffman SB, Massaro AN, Gingalewski C, and Short BL. Predictors of Survival in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Patients Requiring Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): CNMC 15 Year Experience. J Perinatol. 2010 Aug;30(8):546-52.

Hoffman SB, Massaro AN, Gingalewski C, and Short BL. Survival in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Use of Predictive Equations in the ECMO Population. Neonatology 2011;99:258-265.

Hoffman SB, Massaro AN, Soler-Garcia AA, Perazzo S, and Ray PE. A Novel Unrinary Biomarker Profile to Identify Acute Kidney Injury(AKI) in Critically Ill Neonates – A Pilot Study. Pediatric Nephrology. 2013 Nov;28(11):2179-88.

Hoffman SB, Terrell N, Driscoll CH, and Davis NL. Impact of High-Flow Nasal Cannula Use on Neonatal Respiratory Support Patterns and Length of Stay. Respiratory Care. 2016 Oct; 61(10):1299-88.

St. Peter D, Gandy C, and Hoffman SB. Hypotension and Adverse Outcomes in Prematurity: Comparing Definitions. Neonatology. Neonatology. 2017;111(3):228-233.

Polavarapu S, Fitzgerald G, Contag S, and Hoffman SB. Utility of Prenatal Doppler Ultrasound to Predict Impaired Cerebral Autoregulation in Preterm Neonates. J Perinatol. 2018 Feb 6. doi: 10.1038/s41372-018-0050-x. Epub ahead of print.

Dizon S and Hoffman SB. Postnatal Blood Pressure in the Preterm Small for Gestational Age Neonate. Journal of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. 2018;11(4):371-377. doi: 10.3233/NPM-17141.

Hoffman SB, Cheng Y, Magder LS, Shet N, and Viscardi RM. Cerebral Autoregulation in Premature Infants During the First 96 Hours of Life and Relationship to Adverse Outcomes. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2018. 2018;11(4):371-377. doi: 10.3233/NPM-17141.


Additional Publication Citations

Stokes A, Hoffman SB, Salemi P, and Kaplan J."IMAGe Syndrome in the Era of Genetic Testing: Clues to Diagnosis" Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine. 2015 March; 4(1):65-68.

Peterson D, Hoffman SB, El-Metwally D, Martino-Gomez M, Chinta DR, and Hughes Driscoll C. Management of asymptomatic neonates born in the setting of chorioamnionitis: a safety comparison of the well-baby and intensive care setting. J Perinatol. 2017 Nov;37(11):1236-1241.

Hoffman SB. Noninvasive Respiratory Support for the Premature Infant: Choosing the Optimum Interface. Respiratory Care. 2018 Oct;63(10):1314-1315.

Dachy, G., de Krijger, R. R., Fraitag, S., Theate, I., Brichard, B., Hoffman, S. B., Libbrecht, L., Arts, F. A., Brouillard, P., Vikkula, M., Limaye, N. and Demoulin, J. B. Association of PDGFRB Mutations With Pediatric Myofibroma and Myofibromatosis. JAMA Dermatol. 2019. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.0114. [Epub ahead of print].



Awards and Affiliations

2015    ESPR Young Investigator Award – Finalist

Grants and Contracts

Dr. Hoffman was awarded an  American Heart Association Mentored Clinical and Population Research Award from 1/1/14-12/31/15; NCE 1/1/16-12/31/16.