A photo of Sue Poynter.

Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

Medical Director, Division of Respiratory Care

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I believe we care for the entire family when a child is in the pediatric intensive care unit. As a pediatric intensivist and critical care doctor, I treat all types of patients, from two weeks to 25 years old.

When a child is in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), I help support the family through their stress and communicate as clearly as possible. The PICU team works together as a cohesive unit, with subspecialists and surgeons providing the best care.

I always wanted to be a professor. In graduate school, I worked with many medical students as a teaching assistant. Their stories about their clinical experiences inspired my interest in medicine. On the first day of my pediatric rotation, the time went by so quickly that it didn't even seem like work. I was sold on pediatrics. In my current role, I care for very sick children and educate the next generation of pediatricians.

I’m honored to be the recipient of these awards:

  • Life Center Hamilton County, “Champions of Life” award, for supporting families through the process of organ donation
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Senior Faculty Educational Achievement, for educating pediatric residents and fellows
  • Cincinnati Magazine “Best Doctors” list, recognition by peers for providing excellent care

In my free time, I like to do anything outdoors, including hiking, gardening and sports.

Clinical Interests

Graduate medical education; acute lung injury/ARDS

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit PICU

Research Divisions

Critical Care

My Education

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1997.

Residency/Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

Fellowship: Critical Care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Certification: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.  

My Publications

Narrative Performance Level Assignments at Initial Entrustment and Graduation: Integrating EPAs and Milestones to Improve Learner Assessment. Schumacher, DJ; Schwartz, A; Zenel, JA; Paradise Black, N; Ponitz, K; Blair, R; Traba, CM; Poynter, S; King, B; Englander, R; et al. Academic Medicine. 2020; 95:1736-1744.

Use of Resident-Sensitive Quality Measure Data in Entrustment Decision Making: A Qualitative Study of Clinical Competency Committee Members at One Pediatric Residency. Schumacher, DJ; Martini, A; Sobolewski, B; Carraccio, C; Holmboe, E; Busari, J; Poynter, S; Van Der Vleuten, C; Lingard, L. Academic Medicine. 2020; 95:1726-1735.

Pediatric Resident Engagement with an Online Critical Care Curriculum during the Intensive Care Rotation∗. Daniel, DA; Poynter, SE; Landrigan, CP; Czeisler, CA; Burns, JP; Wolbrink, TA. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:986-991.

Addressing the behavioral and mental health educational gap in pediatric residency training. Poynter, SE; McNeal-Trice, K; del Rey, JG. Pediatrics. 2020; 146:e20200805-e20200805.

Effect on patient safety of a resident physician schedule without 24-hour shifts. Landrigan, CP; Rahman, SA; Sullivan, JP; Vittinghoff, E; Barger, LK; Sanderson, AL; Jr, WK P; O'Brien, CS; Qadri, S; St Hilaire, MA; et al. The New England journal of medicine. 2020; 382:2514-2523.

Longitudinal Assessment of Resident Performance Using Entrustable Professional Activities. Schumacher, DJ; West, DC; Schwartz, A; Li, S; Millstein, L; Griego, EC; Turner, T; Herman, BE; Englander, R; Hemond, J; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3:e1919316-e1919316.

Effects on resident work hours, sleep duration, and work experience in a randomized order safety trial evaluating resident-physician schedules (ROSTERS). Barger, LK; Sullivan, JP; Blackwell, T; O'Brien, CS; St Hilaire, MA; Rahman, SA; Phillips, AJ K; Qadri, S; Jr, WK P; Segar, JL; et al. Sleep. 2019; 42.

Justifications for Discrepancies Between Competency Committee and Program Director Recommended Resident Supervisory Roles. Schumacher, DJ; Poynter, S; Burman, N; Elliott, SP; Barnes, M; Gellin, C; del Rey, JG; Sklansky, D; Thoreson, L; King, B; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:561-565.

Design and recruitment of the randomized order safety trial evaluating resident-physician schedules (ROSTERS) study. Blackwell, T; Kriesel, DR; Vittinghoff, E; O'Brien, CS; Sullivan, JP; Viyaran, NC; Rahman, SA; Lockley, SW; Barger, LK; Halbower, AC; et al. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2019; 80:22-33.

Milestone Ratings and Supervisory Role Categorizations Swim Together, but Is the Water Muddy?. Schumacher, DJ; Bartlett, KW; Elliott, SP; Michelson, C; Sharma, T; Garfunkel, LC; King, B; Schwartz, A; Barnes, M; Burman, N; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:144-151.