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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
Hospital Claims Committee Member, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Endowed Chair, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
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 2003, 2013, MOCA through 2025), 1988.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Instructor, 1990.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Provider, 1990.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS), Instructor, 1990.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Provider, 1990.
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (recertification 2004,2014, MOCA through 2025), 1990.
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Provider, 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

Naim MY, Griffis HM, Berg RA, Bradley RN, Burke RV, Markenson D, McNally BF, Nadkarni VM, Lihai Song L, Vellano K, Vetter V, Rossano JW: Compression-only versus Rescue-breathing Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 78(19): 1042-1052, September 2021.

Dalton HJ, Berg, RAQ, Nadkarni VM, Kochanek PM, Tisherman SA, Thiagarajan R, Alexander P, Bartlett RH.: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rescue therapies. Critical Care Medicine 49(9): 1375-1388, September 2021.

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 37(8): e431-e435, August 2021.

Dewan M, Parsons A, Tegtmeyer K, Wenger J, Niles DE, Raymond T, Cheng A, Skellett S, Roberts J, Jani P, Nadkarni VM, Wolfe HA: Contextual Factors Affecting Implementation of In-hospital Pediatric CPR Quality Improvement Interventions in an Resuscitation Collaborative. Pediatric Quality and Safety 6(5): e455, August 2021.

Pinto NP, Berg RA, Zuppa AF, Newth CJ, Pollack MM, Meert KL, Hall MW, Quasney M, Sapru A, Carcillo JA, McQuillen PS, Mourani PM, Chima RS, Holubkov R, Nadkarni VM, Reeder RW, Zimmerman JJ, and the Life After Pediatric Sepsis Evaluation (LAPSE) Investigators: Improvement in Health-Related Quality of Life After Community Acquired Pediatric Septic Shock. Frontiers in Pediatrics Page: 675374, August 2021 Notes: eCollection.

Daly Guris RJ, Nishisaki A, Nadkarni VM, Wolfe H: Harnessing simulation to drive system-focused change. Pediatr Qual Saf 6(5): e458, August 2021.

Brei BK, Sawyer T, Umoren R, Gray MM, Krick J, Foglia EE, Ades A, Glass K,Kim JH, Singh N, Jung P, Johnston L, Moussa A, Napolitano N, Barry J, Zenge J, Quek B, DeMeo SD, Shults J, Unrau J, Nadkarni V, Nishisaki A; National Emergency Airway Registry for Neonates (NEAR4NEOS) investigators: Associations between family presence and neonatal intubation outcomes: a report from the National Emergency Airway Registry for Neonates: NEAR4NEOS. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal 106(4): 392-397, July 2021.

Ramachandra G, Ramana Rao GV, Tetali S, Karabu D, Kanagala M, Puppala S, Janumpally R, Rajanarsing Rao HV, Carr B, Brooks SC, Nadkarni VM: Active bleeding control pilot program in India: Simulation training of the community to stop the bleed and save lives from Road Traffic Injuries. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health 11, July-September Epub ahead of print 2021.

Lauridsen KG, Krogh K, Müller SD, Schmidt AS, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA, Bach L, Dodt KK, Maack TC, Møller DS, Qvortrup M, Nielsen RP, Højbjerg R, Kirkegaard H, Løfgren B: Barriers and Facilitators for In-hospital Resuscitation: A Prospective Clinical Study. Resuscitation 164: 70-78, July 2021.

Raymond TT, Pandit SV, Griffis H, Zhang X, Hanna R, Niles DE, Silver A, Lasa JJ, Haskell SE, Atkins DL, Nadkarni VM; Pediatric Resuscitation Quality Collaborative (pediRES‐Q) Investigators: Effect of Amplitude Spectral Area on Termination of Fibrillation and Outcomes in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest. J Am Heart Assoc 10(12): e020353, June 2021.

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