Graduate School
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1997
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1997-2000
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2002-2005

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Vaccine-preventable infections

Research Interests

Susan H. Wootton, MD is currently a professor in pediatric infectious diseases at UTHealth and member of the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence Based Medicine (CCREBM).  Her current research interests include the promotion of vaccination delivery among high-risk patients, implementation of a learning healthcare system (specifically the promotion of comparative effectiveness research, use of innovative trial designs and reduction of regulatory burdens), and the advance training of clinical investigators within the Clinical Research Curriculum and MS program.  She currently serves on the board for the Texas Pediatric Society (east chair) and The Immunization Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating for evidence-based public policy and supporting immunization best practices.


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Alamarat Z, Pérez N, Wootton S, Kamdar A, Smith K, Heresi GP, Chang M. Murine Typhus Outbreak Presenting as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children During SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2020 Dec;39(12):e447-e449. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002947. PubMed PMID: 33060516.

Alramadhan MM, Kamdar AA, Lafferty-Prather M, Aguilera EA, Wootton SH. Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Associated With Human Herpes Virus-6 Variant B Infection and Aseptic Meningitis. Glob Pediatr Health. 2020;7:2333794X20939759. doi: 10.1177/2333794X20939759. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 32782920; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7383600.

Downey R, McElvain D, Murphey DK, Bailey A, Patel B, Fernandez M, Loftis L, Carreno CG, Eger L, Aguilera EA, Wootton S, Castagnini LA, Hauger SB. Acute Flaccid Myelitis Among Hospitalized Children in Texas, 2016. Pediatr Neurol. 2020 May;106:50-55. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.01.007. Epub 2020 Feb 7. PubMed PMID: 32192819.

Alamarat ZI, Babic J, Tran TT, Wootton SH, Dinh AQ, Miller WR, Hanson B, Wanger A, Gary JL, Arias CA, Pérez N. Long-Term Compassionate Use of Cefiderocol To Treat Chronic Osteomyelitis Caused by Extensively Drug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Extended-Spectrum-β-Lactamase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Pediatric Patient. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2020 Mar 24;64(4). doi: 10.1128/AAC.01872-19. Print 2020 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 31871075; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7179260.

Rogers T, Sok K, Erickson T, Aguilera E, Wootton SH, Murray KO, Hasbun R. The comparison of Gram-positive and Gram-negative healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis in adults and children. Intensive Care Med. 2020 Jan;46(1):128-131. doi: 10.1007/s00134-019-05815-7. Epub 2019 Oct 30. PubMed PMID: 31667528.

Rogers T, Sok K, Erickson T, Aguilera E, Wootton SH, Murray KO, Hasbun R. Impact of Antibiotic Therapy in the Microbiological Yield of Healthcare-Associated Ventriculitis and Meningitis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Mar;6(3):ofz050. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofz050. eCollection 2019 Mar. PubMed PMID: 30899767; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6422431.

Hasbun R, Wootton SH, Rosenthal N, Balada-Llasat JM, Chung J, Duff S, Bozzette S, Zimmer L, Ginocchio CC. Epidemiology of Meningitis and Encephalitis in Infants and Children in the United States, 2011-2014. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 Jan;38(1):37-41. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002081. PubMed PMID: 30531527.

Harvin JA, Wootton SH, Miller CC. Using Quality Improvement to Promote Clinical Trials of Emergency Trauma Therapies. JAMA. 2018 Nov 13;320(18):1855-1856. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.13607. PubMed PMID: 30304358.

Zakhour R, Aguilera E, Hasbun R, Wootton SH. Risk Classification for Enteroviral Infection in Children With Meningitis and Negative Gram Stain. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Nov;34(11):791-796. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000912. PubMed PMID: 27898578.

Tsakiri S, Aneji C, Domonoske C, Mazur L, Benjamin DK Jr, Wootton SH. Voriconazole Treatment for an Infant With Intractable Candida glabrata Meningitis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2018 Oct;37(10):999-1001. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002073. PubMed PMID: 29677084.

Wootton SH, Blackwell SC, Saade G, Berens PD, Hutchinson M, Green CE, Sridhar S, Elam KM, Tyson JE. Randomized Quality Improvement Trial of Opting-In Versus Opting-Out to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates during Pregnancy. AJP Rep. 2018 Jul;8(3):e161-e167. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1668566. Epub 2018 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 30167346; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6113052.

Morain SR, Wootton SH, Eppes C. A Devastating Delay – Zika and the Implementation Gap. N Engl J Med. 2017 Oct 19;377(16):1505-1507. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1707273. PubMed PMID: 29045206.