Biomedical Engineering; Developmental Biology; Global Health; Inflammation; Lung Inflammation and Infection; Neonatology; Pathophysiology; Pediatrics; Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine; Translational Research
As a neonatologist, I care for the sickest and extremely premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. I work collaboratively with fellows, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, nurses — and other health care professionals to provide highest quality care for newborns admitted to the NICU.
I participate actively in the educational activities of the Division of Neonatology and mentor fellows and residents to learn the skills required for them to be independent, successful neonatologists. I believe in providing them with the freedom and independence to think and learn in clinical and research settings and guiding them with timely feedback. I have mentored numerous fellows, residents, and medical students in their scholarly research activities, presentations at regional and national meetings, and successfully publishing their work. I am committed to fellows' success and developing them as the next generation of compassionate, competent neonatologists.
I am the Director of the Center of Developmental Biology of the Lung (CDBL), one of the few centers in the country that does cutting-edge research in newborn lamb models of cardiac arrest in the areas of resuscitation, delayed cord clamping, and asphyxia. My research focuses on newborn resuscitation, pulmonary hypertension, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (lung injury in premature newborns), and the long-term effects of prematurity in children and adults. In addition, my research related to the role of oxygen in resuscitation and pulmonary hypertension in newborns is nationally recognized. I have 75 publications to my credit.
My upbringing in India has given me a deep appreciation for global health issues relating to maternal and child health. That has spurred me to develop low-cost technologies to improve neonatal and child health in resource-poor settings, emphasizing developing medical devices in the areas of resuscitation and birth asphyxia.