Tina Slusher

Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


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.

Research Summary

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.


MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Critical Care,
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

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

Selected Publications

Slusher, T. M., Abdulkadir, I., & Owa, J. A. (2023). Relevance of the 2022 American Academy of Pediatrics Hyperbilirubinemia Guidelines for an LMIC. Pediatrics, e2022060679,



Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-301
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Contact

Joanna Perrier
Administrative Phone: 612-625-6678
Administrative Email: jperrier@umn.edu