Tina Slusher, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Tina Slusher

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-2272

Fax 612-625-2920

Office Address:
Global Pediatrics
Room 365
717 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
Room 365, Mail Code 1932
717 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Jon Burke

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Residency, Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

BS, Biology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY


Dr. Slusher divides her time between the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hennepin Healthcare and research, teaching, and clinical care at non-profit and academic hospitals Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and several other countries throughout sub Saharan Africa. Her research in collaboration with both low and middle income partners and her Minnesota partners includes both critical care topics including bubble CPAP beyond the neonate and the diagnosis and treatment of severe neonatal jaundice in addition to helping other trainees and young faculty develop their research. Dr. Slusher regularly lectures for medical trainees (nurses, med students, residents and fellows) and consultants in the U.S., Nigeria, Africa and Thailand. She enjoys developing creative low-cost innovations for doing procedures in low resource settings and team teaching these procedures in multiple venues locally, nationally, and internationally.

Awards & Recognition

  • Hillman Olness Award for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Child Health, AAP Section of Global Health (2021)
  • Clinical/Translational Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2019)
  • Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors” (2017) 


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Slusher is currently the principal investigator in two studies "Treatment of Neonatal Jaundice with Filtered Sunlight Phototherapy: Safety and Efficacy in African Neonates in Rural Communities" and "Neonatal Bilirubin Induced Neurologic Dysfunction in Developing Countries". She is collaborating with physicians at Stanford University, University of Louisville, University of California San Diago, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (USA), Lagos State University, Bowen University and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Previously she has been co- or principal investigator in several studies investigating methods and attitudes regarding breast feeding in Ugandan and Kenyan mothers.


Board Certifications

Pediatrics; Critical Care