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).

MBBS: Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, AP, India, 2005-2011.

Residency: Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, MI, 2013-2016.

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017-2019.

Services and Specialties

Neonatology, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Center BPD

Research Areas



Use of a digital texting platform to foster collaborative learning in Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists. Rent, S; Koo, J; Bhatia, A; Bernstein, S; Arias-Shah, AM; Mukthapuram, S. Journal of Perinatology. 2022; 42:1535-1537.

Neonatal POCUS: Embracing our modern day "stethoscope ". Shepherd, J; Mukthapuram, S; Kim, JH. Seminars in Neonatology. 2022; 27.

Fellows as Teachers: Supporting Future Educators. Caruso, C; Arias-Shah, AM; Rent, S; Mukthapuram, S; Dadiz, R. NeoReviews. 2022; 23:e438-e447.

Roadmap to Success: Interactive Timeline With Resources for Fellowship Scholarly Activity. Koo, J; McNelis, K; Mukthapuram, S; Rao, K; Caruso, CG; Rent, S. Journal of graduate medical education. 2022; 14:338-340.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assessment of Pulmonary Vascularity in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Novel Tool for Direct Assessment of Severity of Pulmonary Hypertension and Hypoplasia. Mukthapuram, S; Beebe, J; Tkach, JA; Arya, S; Haberman, B; Peiro, J; Lim, FY; Woods, JC; Kingma, PS. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 239:89-94.

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