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

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.

Donoghue AJ, Heard D, Griffin R, Abbadessa MK, Gaines S, Je S, Hanna R, Erbayri J, Myers S, Niles DE, Nadkarni VM: Longitudinal effect of high frequency training on CPR performance during simulated and actual pediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation Plus 6, June 2021.

Senthil K, Morgan RW, Hefti MM, Karlsson M, Lautz AJ, Mavroudis CD, Ko T, Nadkarni VM, Ehinger J, Berg RA, Sutton RM, McGowan FX, Kilbaugh TJ: Haemodynamic-directed cardiopulmonary resuscitation promotes mitochondrial fusion and preservation of mitochondrial mass after successful resuscitation in a pediatric porcine model. Resuscitation Plus 6: Epub ahead of print, June 2021.

Topjian AA, Scholefield BR, Pinto NP, Fink EL, Buysse CMP, Haywood K, Maconochie I, Nadkarni VM, de Caen A, Escalante-Kanashiro R, Ng KC, Nuthall G, Reis AG, Van de Voorde P, Suskauer SJ, Schexnayder SM, Hazinski MF, Slomine BS: P-COSCA (Pediatric Core Outcome Set for Cardiac Arrest) in Children: An Advisory Statement From the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Resuscitation 162: 361-364, May 2021.

Morgan RW, Sutton RM, Himebauch AS, Roberts AL, Landis WP, Lin Y, Starr J, Ranganathan A, Delso N, Mavroudis CD, Volk L, Slovis J, Marquez AM, Nadkarni VM, Hefti M, Berg RA, Kilbaugh TJ: A randomized and blinded trial of inhaled nitric oxide in a piglet model of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Resuscitation 162: 274-283, May 2021.

Kirschen MP, Smith KA, Snyder MS, Zhang B, Fibotte J, Heimall L, Budznski K, DeLeo R, Cona J, Bocage C, Hur L, Winters M, Hanna R, Mensinger JL, Hug J, Lang S, Barg FK, Shea JA, Ichord R, Berg RA, Levine JM, Nadkarni VM: Serial neurologic assessment in pediatrics (SNAP): A new tool for bedside neurological assessment of critically ill children. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 22(5): 483-495, May 2021.

Duff JP, Bhanji F, Lin Y, Overly F, Brown L, Bragg A, Kessler D, Tofil N, Bank I, Hunt E, Nadkarni VM, Cheng A: for the INSPIRE CPR Investigators: Change in cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance over time during simulated pediatric cardiac arrest and the effect of just-in-time training and feedback. Pediatric Emergency Care 37(3): 133-137, March 2021.

Ko TS, Mavroudis CD, Morgan RW, Baker WB, Marquez AM, Boorady TW, Devarajan M, Lin Y, Roberts AL, Landis WP, Mensah-Brown K, Nadkarni VM, Berg RA, Sutton RM, Yodh AG, Licht DJ, Guo W, Kilbaugh TJ: Non-invasive diffuse optical neuromonitoring during cardiopulmonary resuscitation predicts return of spontaneous circulation. Scientific Reports 11(1): 3828, February 2021.

O'Halloran A, Shepard LN, Nadkarni VM: Building a Culture of Champions: The Importance of Leadership in Resuscitation. J Am Heart Assoc 10(5): e020390, February 2021.

Nishisaki A, Lee A, Li S, Sanders RC, Brown CA, Rehder KJ, Napolitano N, Montgomery VL, Adu-Darko M, Bysani GK, Harwayne-Gidansky I, Howell JD, Nett S, Orioles A, Pinto M, Shenoi A, Tellez D, Kelly SP, Register M, Tarquinio K, Simon D, Krawlec C, Shults J, Nadkarni VM: for National Emergency Airway Registry for Children (NEAR4KIDS) and Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI): Sustained improvement in tracheal intubation safety across a 15-center quality-improvement collaborative: An interventional study from the National Emergency Airway Registry for Children Investigators Critical Care Medicine 49(2): 250-260, February 2021.

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