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Sapna Kudchadkar, M.D.

Sapna Ravi Kudchadkar, M.D.
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins PICU Clinical Research Program
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Female  | Languages: English, French, Kannada

Titles

  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins PICU Clinical Research Program
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

Departments

Expertise

Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine , Delirium, Pediatric Airway Disorders, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Critical Care, Sleep Medicine

Research Interests

Links between sleep disturbances and neuroinflammation; Actigraphy; Sleep-wake cycles in critically ill children; Sleep promotion, sedation optimization and delirium prevention in the management of children in the PICU; Sleep disturbances in critically ill children

Biography

Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include 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, and clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dr. Kudchadkar received her undergraduate degree in both biochemistry and French at Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to attend University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. and completed an internship with the Open Society Institute Soros Community Health Program. She completed residencies in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by clinical fellowships in pediatric critical care and pediatric anesthesiology. Dr. Kudchadkar is working on a Ph.D. in clinical investigation at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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.

In April 2013, Dr. Kudchadkar was awarded the Alfred Sommer Scholar award at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, given to Ph.D. candidates "who exemplify scientific excellence, energy, ambition, political acumen and a determination to change the world" through public health research.

Dr. Kudchadkar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Anesthesiology, and is board certified in pediatric critical care medicine.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine / M.D. (2003)

    Residencies

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (2006)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2008)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2009)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2011)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology-General (2010)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Kudchadkar’s primary research focuses on the role of sleep disturbances as a 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.

    Clinical Trials:

    Intravenous Clonidine for Sedation in Infants and Children Who are Mechanically Ventilated – Dosing Finding Study


    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Maxwell LG, Buckley GM, Kudchadkar SR, Ely E, Stebbins EL, Dube C, Morad A, Jastaniah EA, Sethna NF, Yaster M. "Pain management following major intracranial surgery in pediatric patients: a prospective cohort study in three academic children's hospitals." Paediatr Anaesth. 2014 Jul 29. doi: 10.1111/pan.12489.
    2. Kudchadkar SR, Nemergut ME. "Propofol monotherapy for neonatal intubation provides high risk but few benefits." Acta Paediatr. 2014 Jul 3. doi: 10.1111/apa.12733. [Epub ahead of print].
    3. Kudchadkar SR, Yaster M, Punjabi NM. "Sedation, sleep promotion, and delirium screening practices in the care of mechanically ventilated children: a wake-up call for the pediatric critical care community*." Crit Care Med. 2014 Jul;42(7):1592-600. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000326.
    4. Rodrigues J, Furtado R, Ramani A, Mitta N, Kudchadkar S, Falari S. "A rare instance of retrosternal goitre presenting with obstructive sleep apnoea in a middle-aged person." Int J Surg Case Rep. 2013;4(12):1064-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2013.07.040. Epub 2013 Oct 1.
    5. Kudchadkar SR, Hamrick JT, Mai CL, Berkowitz I, Tunkel D. "The heat is on... thermal epiglottitis as a late presentation of airway steam injury." J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;46(2):e43-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.08.033. Epub 2013 Oct 7.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • William Greenleaf Eliot Distinguished Leadership and Service Award, Washington University in St. Louis, 1999
    • Fellowship Award, Soros Foundation Open Society , 2001
    • Leadership Award, American Medical Women’s Association , 2003
    • National Medical Student Poster Winner, American College of Physicians (ACP) , 2003
    • Best Poster, Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Research Day, 2010
    • Research Fellowship Grant, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) , 2010
    • Extramural Pediatric Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award, NIH, 2011
    • Fellow Travel Award, American Thoracic Society , 2011
    • KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Award, Johns Hopkins , 2011
    • Alfred Sommer Scholar Award-Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012

    Memberships

    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Critical Care section member, 2006
      Fellow
    • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2009
      Pediatric section member
    • Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, 2009
      Education Committee Member
    • Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, 2009
      Research Committee Member
    • American Society of Anesthesiology, 2010
    • American Delirium Society, 2012
      Research Committee Member (Appointed)
    • Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, 2014
      Pediatric Sleep Committee (Appointed)

    Professional Activities

    • Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2012
    • Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Sleep, 2012
    • ACCM Clinical Competency Committee, Johns Hopkins, 2013
    • Pediatric Airway Task Force, Johns Hopkins, 2013
    • Pediatric Sleep Committee, Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, 2013
    • Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins, 2013
      Anesthesia Combined Training Liaison
    • Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 2014
    • Physician Chair, Johns Hopkins, 2014
      Pediatric Mobility Working Group
  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    20 questions with Sapna Kudchadkar: Combined Training in Pediatrics & Anesthesiology: http://www.studentdoctor.net/2013/01/20-questions-sapna-kudchadkar-md/

    Sommer Scholars Program: http://www.jhsph.edu/admissions/scholarships/institutional-scholarships/sommer-scholars/scholars/?scholars=360&type=new

    Better Zzzs, Less Delirium for Young Patients: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/publications/hopkins_medicine_magazine/features/delirium

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