A photo of Shanmukha (Sai) Niranjan Mukthapuram.

Sai Mukthapuram, MD

  • Attending Neonatologist, Division of Neonatology
  • Attending Neonatologist, Perinatal Institute
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Doing the right things at the right time can give sick babies an entirely new life. Since my medical school training in South India, I have wanted to become a neonatologist to help sick newborns. I believe training and mentoring fellows, residents and medical students will lay a strong foundation to help advance the field of neonatology as trainees are the future of medicine.

My areas of research include medical education, point-of-care ultrasound and quality improvement. My goals are to introduce point-of-care ultrasound curriculum in neonatology and other innovative evidence-based strategies for the advancement of medical education at Cincinnati Children’s.

I received the Reginald Tsang Outstanding Fellow Award (2018), the Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award (2018 & 2019) and the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2020), all from Cincinnati Children’s. I am the communications chair and secretary for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN). I’m also board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (2016).


Neonatal Complications. Narendran, V; Mukthapuram, SS N. In: Evans A; DeFranco E, Ed. Manual of Obstetrics. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer; 2020.