5082-Bucher, Sherri

Sherri L. Bucher, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Simon Cancer Center
1030 W. Michigan St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Sherri Bucher has a passion for research and providing education by which to improve maternal-newborn-child health in resource-poor settings, as well as a long-standing interest in international public health. Dr. Bucher is an investigator with the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Research, USAID-AMPATH, and Helping Babies Breathe (HBB). She is a certified international Master Trainer and Mentor for HBB on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bucher has conducted research, training, and advocacy work in East Africa for initiatives related to neonatal resuscitation, safe drinking water, pMTCT, and maternal and newborn health. She is a member of the international working groups, and an Assistant Editor, for the AAP and WHO-supported simulation-based educational and training curricula, Essential Care for Every Baby and Special Care for the Small Baby. Dr. Bucher has lived abroad, including Kenya and Greece; currently, she works spends 2-3 months per year working in Africa.

Key Publications

1. Thukral, A., Lockyer, J., Bucher, S.L., Berkelhamer, S., Bose, C., Deorari, A., Esamai, F., Faremo, S., Keenan, W., McMillan, D., Niermeyer, S., Evaluation of an educational program for essential newborn care in resource-limited settings: Essential Care for Every Baby , BMC Paediatrics, 2015, June 25;15:71.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4479066/pdf/12887_2015_Article_382.pdf

2. Bucher, S.  “mHBB: Using mobile phones to support Helping Babies Breathe in Kenya”, African Strategies for Health: mHealth Compendium Volume 5, June 15, 2015, pp. 46-47. http://www.africanstrategies4health.org/uploads/1/3/5/3/13538666/  mhealthvol5_final_15jun15_webv.pdf

3. Eslami, P., Bucher, S., Mungai, R.  Improper reprocessing of neonatal resuscitation equipment in rural Kenya compromises function: Recommendations for more effective implementation of Helping Babies Breathe. Resuscitation, 91 (2015) e5-e6, June 2015 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0300957215001197

4. Abwao, S., Bucher, S., Kaimenyi, P., Wachira, J., Esamai, F., Wamae, A.  “Kenya Case Study” in: Helping Babies Breathe: Lessons learned guiding the way forward. A 5-year report from the HBB Global Development Alliance, June 8, 2015, pp. 99-102. http://www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org/docs/HBB-Report-2010-2015.pdf 

5. Bucher, S., Marete, I., Tenge, C., Liechty, E, Esamai, F., Patel, A., Kodkany, B., Garces, A., Chomba, E., Belizan, J., Pasha, O., Hibberd, P., Derman, R., Otieno, K., Hambidge, M., Carlo, W., Chemwolo, C., Buekens, P., Goldenberg, R., McClure, E., Moore, J., Wright, D., Saleem, S., Kosi-Thomas, M.  “A prospective observational description of frequency and timing of antenatal care attendance and coverage of selected interventions in Argentina, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Zambia,” Reproductive Health, 2015, 12(Suppl 2); S12 (8 June 2015) http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/12/S2/S12

6. Marete, I., Tenge, C., Chemweno, C., Muyodi, D., Gisore, P., Bucher, S., Pasha, O., Goudar, S., Mwenche, M., Patel, A., Althabe, F., Garces, A., Moore, J., Otieno, K., Nyongesa, P., Ayunga, S., Liechty, E., Derman, R., Hibberd, P., Hambidge, M., Buekens, P., Goldenberg, R., Carlo, W., McClure, E., and Esamai, F.  “Lost to follow-up among pregnant women in a multi-site community-based maternal and newborn health registry,” Reproductive Health, 2015, 12(Suppl 2); S4 (8 June 2015) http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/12/S2/S4

7. Patel, A., Bucher, S., Pusedekar, Y., Esamai, F., Krebs, N., Goudar, S., Chomba, E., Garces, A., Pasha, O., Saleem, S., Kodkany, B., Liechty, E., Derman, R., Carlo, W., Hambidge, M., Goldenberg, R., Althabe, F., Berrueta, M., Moore, J., McClure, E., Koso-Thomas, M., Hibberd, P. Rates and determinants of early initiation of breastfeeding and exclusive breast feeding at 42 days postnatal in six low and middle-income countries: A prospective cohort study, Reproductive Health, 2015, 12(Suppl 2); S10 (8 June 2015) http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/12/S2/S10

8. Gisore, P., Rono, B., Marete, I., Nekesa-Mangeni, J., Tenge, C., Shipala, E., Mabeya, H, Odhiambo, D, Otieno, K, Bucher, S., Makokha, C., Liechty, E., Esamai, F.  “Commonly cited incentives in the community implementation of the emergency maternal and newborn care study in western Kenya.  African Health Sciences, 2013, 13(2), pp. 461-468 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3824486/

9. Hoban, R., Bucher, S., Newman, I., Chen, M., Tesfaye, N., Spector, JM. “Helping Babies Breathe” training in sub-Saharan Africa: Educational impact and Learner impressions.  J. Trop. Pediatrics, 2013, 59(3), pp. 180-186.

10. Wools-Kaloustian, K., Eller, AG., Otieno-Nyunya, B., Akhaabi, P., Puri, R., Bucher, S., and Nyandiko, W.  Traditional birth attendants: A forgotten resource in HIV education and prevention. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Eastern and Central Africa, 2012, 24(1), pp. 11-17.


Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Education
    1998 PhD University of Connecticut
    1994 MA University of Connecticut
    1990 BA Eastern Illinois University
  • Research

    Dr. Bucher is a co-investigator for Site 12 (Kenya) of the NIH-NICHD funded Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research, a multi-site consortium dedicated to the investigation and implementation of strategies to improve maternal-neonatal-child health in low/middle income countries.  She served as the Principal Investigator on a variety of funded Helping Babies Survive (HBS) initiatives. Dr. Bucher is an international Master Trainer for HBS, and a HBS Country Mentor for Kenya on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics. On behalf of the IU-Kenya partnership, Dr. Bucher has performed a variety of other duties related to issues in global maternal-neonatal-child health including: (1) prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT) of HIV; (2) safe water, particularly within the context of pMTCT; (3) pediatric nutrition. Current areas of research focus and interest also include the development of “middle-tech” solutions, such as use of digital health tools to support implementation of Helping Babies Survive programs, and the design of an innovative, affordable biomedical device (NeoWarm) to support newborn thermoregulation and augment Kangaroo Mother Care. The mobile phone app that Dr. Bucher and her team developed to collect data regarding neonatal resuscitation training and implementation in resource-limited settings, mHBB, was featured as part of the Kenya Digital Health Dashboard in 2016 (http://www.healthenabled.org/index.php/healthe-africa/country-dashboards/kenya-digital-health-dashboard ). NeoWarm is in prototype phase. Dr. Bucher is particularly interested in how these solutions can be utilized in low- and middle-income countries to profoundly reduce morbidity and mortality from common underlying causes of newborn death, such as birth asphyxia and hypothermia.


  • Professional Organizations
    American Public Health Association
    International Pediatric Association
    Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Clinical Interests

    Global health; medical/public health education in the resource-limited setting; maternal and newborn care; training birth attendants, safe delivery & neonatal resuscitation; prevention-of-mother-to-child transmission of HIV (pMTCT); safe water; monitoring/evaluation of public health programs; sub-Saharan Africa; developing world.

  • Awards
    Org: #LancetWomen Leaders in STEM campaign
    Desc: Risging Global Health Leader
    Scope: International
    Date: 2019-03-06
    Org: IUPUI Student Research Day Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Initiative
    Desc: Best Scientific Presentation by Elisabeth Meyers, Senior Informatice undergraduate student
    Scope: School
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Org: BioCrossroads
    Desc: Indiana Life Sciences Summit, BioCrossroads Inaugural Prize for Scientific Presentation: NeoWarm
    Scope: State
    Date: 2016-10-19
    Org: The American Academy of Pediatrics
    Desc: Letter of Appreciation for Contributions
    Scope: National
    Date: 2015-06-30
    Org: IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
    Desc: 2nd Prize: Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (NeoWarm)
    Scope: University
    Date: 2015-03-06
    Org: International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
    Desc: Sandra J. Weiner Young Investigator Travel Award
    Scope: International
    Org: Society for Nueroscience
    Desc: Women in Neuroscience Travel Fellowship
    Scope: National
    Org: World Health Organization
    Desc: Primary Reviewer, WHO Technical Specifications of Neonatal Resuscitation
    Scope: International
    Org: Basic Neonatal Resuscitation: Global Landscape Analysis
    Desc: Expert Content Reviewer
    Scope: International
    Org: National Academy of Sciences
    Desc: Reviewer, Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research/Liberia
    Scope: International
    Org: American Academy of Pediatrics
    Desc: Helping Babies Breathe 2nd Edition Webinar Series: Voice of "Elizabeth," North American International Mentor for Helping Babies Breathe
    Scope: National
    Org: PLoS ONE
    Desc: Guest Editor
    Scope: National
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Desc: Women's Advisory Council
    Scope: School
    Org: US Patent 15/274,432
    Desc: Infant thermoregulation and monitoring support system
    Scope: National

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