Zsuzsoka was born in Hamburg, Germany, and spent time in the US and Switzerland during her medical studies. In 1994, Zsuzsoka moved to Sydney, and completed her training in neonatology in Brisbane, where she also completed a PhD at the University of Queensland. She has been working as a neonatologist in Canberra since 2001, and was Director of the Department from 2007 to 2015. Her main research interest is the neonatal brain, and she lately focused on quality and safety assessment and education. She developed a quality and safety curriculum for students at the Medical School of the Australian National University, where she is a Professor and Associate Dean for teaching and learning. Zsuzsoka’s passion for patient and family engagement was recognised by the Australia Day Council, who named her the ACT Australian of the Year 2014 for her work with families to design a safe, family-centred Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the implementation of the NICUcam, a web-based system that allows parents and families to see their baby when they are not able to visit.