Suma Hoffman M.D., M.S., earned both her undergraduate degree, B.S. in Public Health, Nutrition (2002), and medical degree (2006) from the University 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 Hospital in Washington, D.C.
From 2012-2020, she was an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she worked as a neonatologist in their level IV NICU, served as the associate program director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program, the director of Neonatal Simulation and NRP training, and was active in mentoring medical students, residents and fellows in research projects. During this time, she also obtained a Master's of Science in Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine with a focus in clinical research.
Dr. Hoffman is now an attending physician in the Children's National Neonatology Division. She is the associate director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program. Dr. Hoffman's primary research focus is in evaluating hemodynamic status in neonates 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 also maintains an active interest in simulation and education.