Susan L. Bratton, MD


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pediatrics - Professor
  • Divisions: Pediatric Critical Care

Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-7560
  • Williams Building
    Pediatric Critical Care
    295 Chipeta Way
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Bratton's career as a researcher and educator began in 1993 at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where, she worked till 1998 as an instructor and then an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She moved to Oregon Health Sciences University as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and worked two years and then went to the University of Michigan and was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics. She moved to the University of Utah in 2006 as a Professor of Pediatrics and the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Bratton’s research focuses on epidemiology and pediatric critical care and has worked extensively of traumatic brain injury, use of ECMO in pediatric critical medicine and health disparities.Dr. Bratton has written more than 100 publications, scientific papers, chapters, and abstracts. She served on the Brain Trauma Foundation Guideline Committees in 2003 and 2011 for the acute medical management of pediatric severe traumatic brain injury and the 2007 Adult Guideline Committee. She served on the editorial board for Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She is the critical care contributor to AAP Grandrounds and serves on the American Board of Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Subboard. ***********************************************************************************************************Susan L. Bratton, M.D., MPH is the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program Director, where she oversees training for 9 fellows. She serves as a primary research mentor for junior faculty, critical care fellows, pediatric housestaff and medical students.Dr. Bratton received her undergraduate education at Rice University and her M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. After completing postgraduate training in pediatrics and critical care medicine, she rose through the ranks to serve as a Professor.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Washington
Public Health
Fellowship Children's Hospital and Medical Center
Pediatric Critical Care
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency University of Arkansas
Internship University of Arkansas
Professional Medical University of Arkansas
Undergraduate Rice University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Keele L, Keenan HT, Bratton SL (2016). The Effect of Palliative Care Team Design on Referrals to Pediatric Palliative Care. J Palliat Med, 19(3), 286-291.
  2. Williams CN, Riva-Cambrin J, Presson AP, Bratton SL (2015). Hyponatremia and poor cognitive outcome following pediatric brain tumor surgery. J Neurosurg Pediatr, 15(5), 480-7.
  3. Smith AG, Andrews S, Bratton SL, Sheetz J, Feudtner C, Zhong W, Maloney CG (2015). Pediatric palliative care and inpatient hospital costs: a longitudinal cohort study. Pediatrics, 135(4), 694-700.
  4. Bennett TD, Bratton SL, Riva-Cambrin J, Scaife ER, Nance ML, Prince JS, Wilkes J, Keenan HT (2015). Cervical spine imaging in hospitalized children with traumatic brain injury. Pediatr Emerg Care, 31(4), 243-9.
  5. Hamele M, Stockmann C, Cirulis M, Riva-Cambrin J, Metzger R, Bennett TD, Bratton SL (2015). Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. (Epub ahead of print) J Neurotrauma.
  6. Bennett EE, Sweney J, Aguayo C, Myrick C, Matheny Antommaria AH, Bratton SL (2015). Pediatric Organ Donation Potential at a Children's Hospital. Pediatr Crit Care Med, 16(9), 814-20.
  7. Working ZM, Hsiao M, Sanders JC, Bratton SL, DAstous JL (2015). Spontaneous Fatal Intraoperative Rupture of Great Vessel During Growing Rod Lengthening: Do Children With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Require the Availability of Vascular Expertise? A Case Report and Review of the Literature. (Epub ahead of print) J Pediatr Orthop.
  8. Williams CN, Riva-Cambrin J, Bratton SL (2015). Etiology of postoperative hyponatremia following pediatric intracranial tumor surgery. J Neurosurg Pediatr, 1-7.


  1. Bailly DK, Bratton SL (2015). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, dialysis, and mortality: let's agree to agree. Pediatr Crit Care Med, 16(2), 192-3.