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Susan Wright Aucott, M.D.

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Medical Director, Neonatal Nurse Practioner PRogram

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Neonatology

Research Interests: Adrenal insufficiency; Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia; Intrauterine growth restriction; Neurodevelopmental care; Hydrocortisone treatment in preterm infants

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Dr. Susan Aucott is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include neonatology.

She has an active role in the clinical leadership in the Division of Neonatology, where she is the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and medical director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. Aucott also serves as the director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program.

Dr. Aucott is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency, chief residency and neonatal fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Her research interests include bronchopulmonary dysplasia and adrenal insufficiency.

Dr. Aucott serves on the executive committee for the Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors. She is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Johns Hopkins. As a member of the internal review subcommittee, she assists in chairing the internal reviews of training programs within the institution. more


  • Medical Director, Neonatal Nurse Practioner PRogram
  • Medical Director, NICU
  • Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program
  • Interim Division Chief
  • Associate Director, Division of Neonatology
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics



  • MD; Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1984)


  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital - Case Western Reserve University / Pediatrics (1989)


  • MetroHealth Medical Center / Neonatology (1988)
  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital - Case Western Reserve University / Neonatology (1991)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1991)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Aucott’s research has focused on the treatment and prevention of chronic lung disease, with a particular interest in steroid therapy and the contribution of relative adrenal insufficiency. She has participated in a number of multicenter trials to address this complex question and is active in clinical research in the Division of Neonatology.

Clinical Trials

Trial of Intravenous Azithromycin to Eradicate Ureaplasma Respiratory Tract Infection in Preterm Infants (AZIPIII)

Early Treatment Versus Delayed Conservative Treatment of the Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA:TOLERATE)

Selected Publications

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Popoola VO, Budd A, Wittig SM, Ross T, Aucott SW, Perl TM, Carroll KC, Milstone AM. "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission and infections in a neonatal intensive care unit despite active surveillance cultures and decolonization: challenges for infection prevention." Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Apr;35(4):412-8. doi: 10.1086/675594.

Milstone AM, Bamford P, Aucott SW, Tang N, White KR, Bearer CF. "Chlorhexidine inhibits L1 cell adhesion molecule-mediated neurite outgrowth in vitro." Pediatr Res. 2014 Jan;75(1-1):8-13. doi: 10.1038/pr.2013.175. Epub 2013 Oct 14.

Klein KS, Aucott S, Donohue P, Repka M. "Anesthetic and airway management during laser treatment for retinopathy of prematurity: a survey of US ophthalmologists and neonatologists." J AAPOS. 2013 Apr;17(2):221-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2012.11.007.

Quinn GE, Dobson V, Davitt BV, Wallace DK, Hardy RJ, Tung B, Lai D, Good WV; Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group. "Progression of myopia and high myopia in the Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity study: findings at 4 to 6 years of age." J AAPOS. 2013 Apr;17(2):124-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2012.10.025.

Chapman AK, Lehmann CU, Donohue PK, Aucott SW. "Implementation of computerized provider order entry in a neonatal intensive care unit: Impact on admission workflow." Int J Med Inform. 2012 May;81(5):291-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.12.006. Epub 2012 Jan 5.

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