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Sapna R. Kudchadkar, MD

Sapna R. Kudchadkar, MD

Assistant Professor
Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 955-2393

Special Interests:

  • Sleep disturbances in critically ill children
  • Pediatric delirium prevention and management
  • Sedation of mechanically ventilated children
  • Pediatric ICU rehabilitation and mobility
  • Pediatric difficult airway management
  • Clinical epidemiology and biostatistics

Sapna Kudchadkar, MD is assistant professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kudchadkar earned her bachelors degrees in both biochemistry and French at Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1999. She went on to attend University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she earned her MD in 2003 and completed an internship with the Open Society Institute Soros Community Health Program. Her work with the OSI focused on health advocacy for women and children from immigrant families affected by domestic violence. She went on to complete residencies in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by clinical fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesiology.  Her clinical practice is devoted to the care of critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and operating room. Kudchadkar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Anesthesiology, and is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Combining her expertise in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and passion for pediatric public health, Dr. Kudchadkar embarked on a clinician-scientist career as a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In April 2013 she was awarded the Alfred Sommer Scholar award at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , given to PhD candidates "who exemplify scientific excellence, energy, ambition, political acumen and a determination to change the world" through public health research. Her primary research focus is the role of sleep disturbances as modulator of outcomes in critically ill children, and the effects of sleep promotion, sedation optimization and delirium prevention in the management of children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is also investigating the effects of critical illness on sleep-wake cycles during short and long-term recovery using actigraphy, and the potential links between sleep disturbances and neuroinflammation in the developing brain. Dr. Kudchadkar has initiated quality improvement initiatives for rehabilitation of critically ill children in the PICU, and is actively involved in ongoing education in pediatric difficult airway management through the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Difficult Airway Task Force.

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
         Critical Care section member
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
         Pediatric section member
  • Society of Pediatric Anesthesia
  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Delirium Society
         Research Committee Member Appointed
  • Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
         Pediatric Sleep Committee

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