Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar is the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Vice Chair for Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at JHUSOM. 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, 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 received her PhD 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 integration of sleep promotion, sedation optimization and delirium prevention to promote early mobility and improve functional outcomes for survivors of pediatric critical illness. Dr. Kudchadkar is the lead PI for the international PARK-PICU study (Prevalence of Acute Rehab for Kids in the PICU, park.web.jhu.edu), which includes >200 sites in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe and Australia. She is also the lead PI for an NIH funded 10-hospital stepped-wedge cluster-randomized trial of a multifaceted early mobility program for critically ill children (PICU Up!; NCT04989790) and MPI for an NIH-funded multicenter randomized trial investigating physical rehabilitation and nutrition in pediatric ICU patients (PROXIMUS; NCT05296096)
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. She is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the Senior Associate Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She also serves on the international advisory board of the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.