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Vinay M. Nadkarni, M.D., M.S.

Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical Director, Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Endowed Chair, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Suite 8566, Office 8572, 8th Floor Main
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-7430
Fax: 215-590-4327
B.A. (Zoology)
Duke University, 1979.
M.S. (Physiology)
Georgetown University, 1980.
University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1984.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, 1984-1985.
Resident in Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, 1985-1987.
Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, 1987-1988.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow, Children's National Medical Center, 1988-1990.
American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate, General Pediatrics (recertification 2013), 1988.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS), Instructor, 1990.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Provider, 1990.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Instructor, 1990.
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Provider, 1990.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Provider, 1990.
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (recertification 2014), 1990.
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Description of Research Expertise

Vinay Nadkarni MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the director of the pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He works in a 45-bed tertiary PICU that admits approximately 2700 patients per year. He shares responsibility for patient care and teaching with 15 board certified pediatric intensive care physicians and 15 pediatric critical care fellows. Dr. Nadkarni completed a Masters degree in Physiology at Georgetown University, and his M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his pediatric residency, chief residency and critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr Nadkarni has a local, regional, national and international interest in CPR, pediatric resuscitation, and resuscitation education. He has lectured nationally and internationally on resuscitation issues and training. He has been an invited visiting professor and lecturer at numerous academic centers including Adelaide, Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Buffalo, Christchurch, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Melbourne, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Stavanger, Tokyo, Toronto, Venice and Washington DC. He has served as chairman of the American Heart Association (AHA) National Committee on Pediatric Resuscitation, and the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, a national editor for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training materials, and is currently a member of the AHA Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee. He serves as a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) that has recently developed and published advisory statements on resuscitation guidelines for newborns, infants and children in Europe, North America, South America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Science Advisory Board of the AHA National Registry of CPR. He has co-chaired international consensus conferences to review and develop a strategy for international registries of CPR events. He was the Co-chair of the 2005 International Consensus Conference on Emergency Cardiovascular Care and Resuscitation Science, and helped to organize the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposia 2003-2006. He serves as President, Board of Directors, AHA Pennsylvania-Delaware Affiliate, and the national Chairman of the AHA’s International Committee. He is a board member of the Citizen CPR Foundation and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the AHA. He also serves on the AHA National Spokesperson Panel.

Dr. Nadkarni balances his clinical and administrative time with investigations of CPR and critical care medicine in the laboratory and clinical outcomes settings. He is an investigator on three NIH research grants. He is a leader in simulation education development on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and has served as an educational consultant to develop infant and child high fidelity simulators. As a member of the Society for Critical Care Medicine for more than 10 years, he has delivered more than 50 presentations at the annual SCCM Education and Scientific Symposia, and received three major SCCM research awards: the 1990 National In-Training Award, the 1999 National Neuroscience Specialty Award, and the 2003 National Pediatric Specialty Award. He is the course director for the 2006 National SCCM Pediatric Critical Care Concepts Course. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 25 book chapters related to the practice of pediatric critical care medicine.

Dr. Nadkarni believes that a healthy academic career must be balanced by a healthy home and family life, a spirit of volunteerism, and good citizenship. He is married to Ellen Deutsch MD, a pediatric Otolaryngologist practicing in Delaware and specializing in laryngotracheal reconstruction, and has 3 children: Lauren 18, Lindsay 15 and Andrew 11. His local and regional service has included the State Abuse Intervention committee, Emergency Medical Services Committee, Child Death Review Committee, and Wilmington Homeless clinic. In addition, he is a board member for the Delaware Chapter of Operation Smile, a national non-profit, non-sectarian medical organization. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Nadkarni has volunteered time to provide pediatric critical care support services on 10 international missions with Operation Smile, including Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, China, and Colombia and Ecuador.

Selected Publications

Faustino EV, Hirshberg EL, Asaro LA, Biagas KV, Pinto N, Srinivasan V, Bagdure DN, Steil GM, Coughlin-Wells K, Wypij D, Nadkarni VM, Agus MSD, for the Heart and Lung Failure-Pediatric Insulin Titration (HALF-PINT) Study Investigators: Short-term adverse outcomes associated with hypoglycemia in critically ill children. Critical Care Medicine 47(5): 706-714, May 2019.

Bembea MM, Ng D, Rizkalla N, Rycus P, Lasa J, Dalton H, Topjian AA, Munoz A, Thiagarajan RR, Nadkarni VM, Hunt EA: Outcomes after extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation of pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest: A Report from the Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation and the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registries. Critical Care Medicine 47(4): e278-e285, April 2019.

Lautz AJ, Morgan RW, Karlsson M, Mavroudis CD, Ko TS, Licht DJ, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA, Sutton RM, Kilbaugh TJ: Hemodynamic-directed CPR improves neurologic outcomes and mitochondrial function in heart and brain. Critical Care Medicine 47(3): e241-e249, March 2019 Notes: *Lautz and Morgan – co-first authors; +Kilbaugh and Sutton – co-senior authors.

Bircher NG, Chan PS, Xu Y, Faillace RT, Mancini ME, Berg RA, Allen E, Hunt EA, Nadkarni VM, Ann Peberdy M, Ornato JP, Braithwaite S, Nichol G, Warren S, Duncan K, LaBresh K, Sasson C, Knight L, Donnino MW, Smyth M, Eigel B, Gent L, Mader TJ, Kern KB, Geocadin RG; American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators: Delays in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, and epinephrine administration all decrease survival in in-hospital cardiac arrest. Anesthesiology 130(3): 414-422, March 2019.

Bottiger BW, Lockey A, Aickin R, Bertaut T, Castren M, de Caen A, Censullo E, Escalante R, Gent L, Georgiou M, Kern KB, Khan AMS, Kim SH, Nadkarni VM, Nation K, Neumar RW, Nolan JP, Rao SSCC, Stanton D, Toporas C, Wang TL, Wong G, Perkins GD: Over 675 lay people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation worldwide – The World Restart a Heart (WRAH)” initiative 2018. Resuscitation 2019 March; 138:15-17 138: 15-17, March 2019.

Meert K, Guerguerian AM, Barbaro R, Slomine B, Christensen J, Berger J, Topjian AA, Bembea M, Tabbutt S, Fink, E, Schwartz S, Nadkarni VM, Telford R, Dean M, Moler F: Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: one-year survival and neurobehavioral outcome among infants and children with in-hospital cardiac arrest. Critical Care Medicine 47(3): 393-402, March 2019.

Nordseth T, Niles DE, Eftestol T, Sutton RM, Irusta U, Abella B, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Skogvoll E: Rhythm characteristics and patterns of change during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital paediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 135: 45-50, February 2019.

Mokhateb-Rafii Tanya, Bakar A, Gangadharan Sandeep, Gradidge EA, Tellez D, Ruppe M, Tallent S, Bird GL, Lavin N, Lee A, Napolitano N, Nadkarni VM, Shults J, Nishisaki A; for the National Emergency Airway Registry for Children (NEAR4KIDS) and Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI): Hemodynamic impact of oxygen desaturation during tracheal intubation among critically ill children with cyanotic and noncyanotic heart disease. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 20(1): 19-26, January 2019.

Pfeiffer S, Lauridsen KG, Wenger J, Hunt EA, Haskell S, Atkins DL, Duval-Arnould JM, Knight LJ, Cheng A, Gilfoyle E, Su F, Balikai S, Skellett S, Hui MY, Niles DE, Roberts JS, Nadkarni VM, Tegtmeyer K, Dewan M; Pediatric Resuscitation Quality Collaborative Investigators: Code team structure and training in the pediatric resuscitation quality international collaborative. Pediatric Emergency Care Epub ahead of print 2019.

Lauridsen KG, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA: Man and machine: Can apps resuscitate medical performance? Lancet Child Adolescent Health Epub ahead of print 2019.

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