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

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 County Medical Center and patient care at missionary and academic hospitals in Nigeria and Kenya. Dr. Slusher regularly lectures for medical trainees (nurses, med students, residents and fellows) and consultants in the U.S., Nigeria other African countries and Thailand. Courses and lectures she recently has taught: global health for students; neonatal resuscitation, including Helping Babies Breath; management of ventilators; neonatal care in low-resource settings; pain management; recognition and treatment of neonatal jaundice; treatment of malnutrition; and immunization updates.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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.



Slusher TM, Vreman HJ, Brearley AM, Vaucher YE, Wong RJ, Stevenson DK, Adeleke OT, Ojo IP, Edowhorhu G, Lund TC, Gbadero DA. Filtered sunlight versus intensive electric powered phototherapy in moderate-to-severe neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia: a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. Lancet Global Health. Oct;6(10):1122-1131. 

Ralston ME, Day LT, Slusher TM, Musa NL, Doss HS. Global Pediatric Advanced Life Support: Improving Child Survival in Limited-Resource Settings. Accepted for publication Lancet 2012.

Gladding S, Zink T, Howard C, Campagna A, Slusher TM, John C. International Electives at the University of Minnesota Global Pediatric Residency Program: Opportunities for Education in All Accreditation Council in Graduate Resident Medical Education Compentencies. Acad Pediatr. 2012 May;12(3):245-50. Epub 2012 Apr 6.

Slusher TM, Slusher IL, Keating EM, Curtis BA, Smith EA, Orodriyo E, Awori S, Nakakeeto MK. Comparision of Maternal Milk (Breastmilk) Expression Methods in an African Nursery. Breastfeed Med. 2011 Jul 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Slusher TM, Zipursky A, Bhutani VK. A Global Need for Affordable Neonatal Jaundice Technologies. Semin Perinatol. 2011 Jun;35(3):185-91.

Slusher TM, Owa JA, Shapiro SS. The Kernicteric Facies: Facial Features of Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy. Pediatric Neurology. Feb,44(2):153-4:2011.

Owa JA, Adebami OJ, Fadero FF, Slusher TM. Irradiance Readings of Phototherapy Equipment: Nigeria" has been assigned the following manuscript number. Accepted for publication Indian J Ped. 2011 Feb 22 [Epub ahead of print]

Olusanya BO, Slusher TM. Reducing the burden of severe neonatal jaundice in G6PD-deficient populations in low-income countries: are we doing enough? Int Health 2010;2(1):22-24.


Keating EM, Curtis BA, Slusher TM. Maternal Milk Volume and Breastmilk Expression: Implications for Diet and Nutrition in Infants In: eds. Handbook of Dietary and Nutritional Aspects of Human Breast Milk. Wageningen Books. To be published 2012.

Slusher TM, Vaucher Y, Greenwood C, Powell C, Nakakeeto-Kijjambu M. Newborn Care. In: Kamat DM, Fischer PR, eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Global Child Health. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2012.

Slusher TM, Vaucher Y, Zamora T, Curtis B. Feeding and fluids in the premature and sick newborn in the Low-Middle Income Countries In: Odzemir ed, Contemporary Pediatrics Rijeka, Croatia. In Tech; 2012

Slusher TM, Olusanya B. Neonatal Jaundice in Low-Middle Income Countries. In: Stevenson DK, Maisels MJ, Watchko JF, eds. Neonatal Jaundice Transient Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia of the Newborn. 2012.

Slusher TM. Measles. In: Spector J, Gibson T, eds. Atlas of Pediatrics in the Tropics Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics: 2009 


Board Certifications

Pediatrics; Critical Care