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Sapna Kudchadkar, M.D.
Sapna Ravi Kudchadkar, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins PICU Clinical Research Program
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Languages: English, French, Kannada
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; Sedation of mechanically ventilated children; Pediatric ICU rehabilitation and mobility; Pediatric difficult airway management; Clinical epidemiology and biostatistics ...read more
Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation 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, 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 (Prevalance 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.
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 also subspecialty board certified in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology.
- Director, Johns Hopkins PICU Clinical Research Program
- Associate Editor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Director, Johns Hopkins PICU Up! Program
- Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Departments / Divisions
Centers & Institutes
- MD, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2003)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (2006)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2009)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2011)
- American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology-General (2010)
- American Board of Anesthesiology / Pediatric Anesthesiology (2014)
- American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2012)
Research & Publications
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, delirium prevention and early mobilization 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 through creation of the PICU Up! Program. She is the Lead PI for the international PARK-PICU Study (Point Prevalence of Acute Rehabilitation for Kids in the PICU), with >100 ICUs in US, Brazil, Canada and Europe participating (park.web.jhu.edu)
Patent # 86736071
Education services, namely conducting workshops, courses, and providing educational materials directed to pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) specific protocols for early mobilization of pediatric patients to optimize sleep-wake, sedation, and activity and for determining a pediatric patient's safe level of activity in order to improve the outcomes of critically ill children admitted to the PICU by increasing developmentally appropriate activity
Activities & Honors
- Best Poster, Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Research Day, 2010
- Alfred Sommer Scholar Award-Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
- William Greenleaf Eliot Distinguished Leadership and Service Award, Washington University in St. Louis, 1999
- Extramural Pediatric Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award, NIH, 2011
- KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Award, Johns Hopkins, 2011
- Fellow Travel Award, American Thoracic Society, 2011
- Research Fellowship Grant, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), 2010
- Leadership Award, American Medical Women’s Association, 2003
- National Medical Student Poster Winner, American College of Physicians (ACP), 2003
- Fellowship Award, Soros Foundation Open Society, 2001
- Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award, American Thoracic Society, 2016
- 2017 Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Critical Care section member, 2006
- American Delirium Society, 2012
Research Committee Member (Appointed)
- American Society of Anesthesiology, 2010
- Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, 2014
Pediatric Sleep Committee (Appointed)
- 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
- ACCM Clinical Competency Committee, Johns Hopkins, 2013
- Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 2014
- Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2012
- Manuscript ad hoc reviewer, Sleep, 2012
- Pediatric Airway Task Force, Johns Hopkins, 2013
- Pediatric Sleep Committee, Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, 2013
- Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins, 2013
- Physician Chair, Johns Hopkins, 2014
Videos & Media
PICU Up!: Promoting early rehabilitation for pediatric ICU patients
JHSPH Centennial Celebration: Introduction of Michael Bloomberg
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
- 20 questions with Sapna Kudchadkar: Combined Training in Pediatrics & Anesthesiology, Student Doctor Network, (01/27/2013)
- Sommer Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Better Zzzs, Less Delirium for Young Patients, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Fall 2016
- Asleep, or Not, in the PICU , Johns Hopkins Medicine, (04/29/2015)
- Mission Possible: Moving Kids in the ICU, Restore Spring 2015, Johns Hopkins Medicine, (05/19/2015)
- Sleep Crucial to Hospitalized Children's Healing, CBC Radio, (06/24/2016)
- Hopping Around Johns Hopkins, Johns Hopkins Medicine, (10/13/16)
- New program at Hopkins pediatric ICU gets children moving sooner, The Baltimore Sun (11/4/2016)
- Pediatric Patient and Family Perspective on Pediatric ICU Experience & Survivorship, OACIS Group (March 6, 2018)
- Illness shouldn't mean stillness: Let's "PICU Up!" | Sapna Kudchadkar | TEDxJHU (May 22, 2018)