Sue Hall grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and then headed West to Stanford University. She graduated With Distinction in 1973, earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and also completing a major in Human Biology. She taught children in special education classes for two years, then entered Boston University where she attained a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1977. After helping children and their families for several years as a social worker, Sue entered medical school. In 1983, she graduated from University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Hall completed an Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and served a term as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. Continuing on at Children's Mercy, she completed a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 1989.
The West Coast beckoned again, and Dr. Hall joined the faculty of the University of California - Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine in 1989. Her association with UCLA lasted from 1989 until 2004, when she had reached the rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. She also spent a year teaching on the Family Medicine faculty at the University of Southern California Medical School. In 2004, Dr. Hall joined Pediatrix Medical Group, and in 2007, she moved back to the Midwest to become Medical Director of a 36-bed NICU in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Hall, who has cared for thousands of babies in a dozen different NICUs, now resides in Ventura, CA where she continues to practice neonatology.
Recently Dr. Hall served as Co-Editor to a Supplement issue in Journal of Perinatology on the topic of "Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents." The goal of this work is to transform NICU care so that the support of parents as well as NICU staff is equal in importance to the medical and developmental care of the baby. The ultimate goal is for families to survive the trauma of the NICU with resiliency and to get off to the best possible emotional start with their baby.
Dr. Hall has presented her research on infectious problems in babies at scientific conferences, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and provided editorial services reviewing manuscripts for several pediatric journals. She has delivered over 100 invited lectures to medical staffs, professional organizations, and parent groups on topics in newborn medicine, patient safety, emotional responses of parents to the NICU experience, and improving communication between parents and healthcare providers in the NICU setting.
Dr. Hall is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of its Section on Perinatology, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Dr. Hall is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association, where she is chairing a workgroup to make recommendations for program standards for psychosocial support of parents whose babies are in the NICU. While in Kansas, Dr. Hall served as Legislative Chair for the Kansas March of Dimes, inaugural Chair of the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a member of the Kansas Commission on Maternal-Child Health and the Healthy Kansans 2020 Advisory Board, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka, Kansas. She is a past member of the California Association of Neonatologists and a former board member of the California Perinatal Association.
Dr. Hall serves on the Advisory Board for The Wellness Network, and she is Chief Medical Advisor for its video education series for NICU parents called Your NICU Baby, now available by subscription to hospitals. Among Dr. Hall's other creative endeavors is the development of a series of educational software titles for medical students and residents to use on Palm Pilots. This line of products, Games4Doctors, was a top seller in its category for many years at www.pdamd.com. She also served as a Consultant to Legacy Interactive, developing patient scenarios for educational games in their CD-ROM series, including ER.
Dr. Hall has traveled to both Mexico and Nicaragua on medical missions with Los Medicos Voladores (The Flying Doctors) and with Salvadores de la Salud, a division of Frater-Nica, a Nicaraguan aid organization based in Northern California.
She has a private pilot's license and is an avid sailor and kayaker. Her other passions are writing and photography. She has two adult daughters.