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Medical Director, University of Cincinnati Medical Center NICU

Member, Perinatal Institute

Member, Division of Neonatology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

My clinical specialty is neonatology, and I am interested in the care of babies born at periviable gestation in the neonatal intensive care (NICU). My mother was a pediatrician who inspired me to become a physician and care for children. I was particularly drawn to helping extremely premature infants in the NICU as they were so helpless and required assistance with all their organ systems.

I’m focused on normal skin development/maturation in preterm infants (not disease-focused). The biology that a fetus could be submerged in amniotic fluid for nine months but then be born with pristine, healthy skin intrigued me and led to my study of skin development and maturation. My goal is to develop strategies to protect immature preterm skin and interventions to hasten skin maturation (improve the epidermal barrier).

My clinical research involves noninvasive ventilation strategies for preterm infants to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The increasing survival of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies and associated BPD led me to study kinder, gentler forms of ventilation to reduce lung injury.

I am honored to have received the Sustained Excellence Award from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for excellence in clinical care and translational research (2017). I’m certified in Pediatrics (1998, 2008, 2018), Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), United Kingdom (1996) and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2001, 2008, 2018).

Clinical Interests

Non-invasive ventilation of the preterm infant to reduce BPD; surfactant trials - SUPPORT and BiB multi center, NICHD NRN sponsored by NIH

Research Interests

Innate immunity of the skin with a particular focus on epidermal biomarkers and antimicrobial peptides on the skin surface; role of coconut oil massage on decreasing late onset sepsis in VLBW infants; etiology of diaper dermatitis and strategies to minimize perianal skin breakdown in ELBW infants

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neonatology, Perinatal

Research Divisions

Neonatology, Pulmonary Biology, Skin, Global Health

My Education

MBBS: Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, 1985.

MD/DNB: JN Medical College, Belgaum, India, 1990.

Fellowship: Neonatology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 1992-94.

Residency: Pediatrics, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1994-1996.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-1998.

Fellowship: Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1996, 1998-2000.

Credentials: Pediatrics, 1998 & 2008; Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), United Kingdom, 1996; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 2001 & 2008.

My Publications

Use of an emollient-containing diaper and pH-buffered wipe regimen restores skin pH and reduces residual enzymatic activity. Gustin, J; Bohman, L; Ogle, J; Chaudhary, T; Li, L; Fadayel, G; Mitchell, MC; Narendran, V; Visscher, MO; Carr, AN. Pediatric Dermatology. 2020; 37:626-631.

Genetic variants associated with patent ductus arteriosus in extremely preterm infants. Dagle, JM; Ryckman, KK; Spracklen, CN; Momany, AM; Cotten, CM; Levy, J; Page, GP; Bell, EF; Carlo, WA; Shankaran, S; et al. Journal of Perinatology. 2019; 39:401-408.

THE SKIN. Cates-McGlinn, LA; Davila, RC; Visscher, M; Narendran, V. FETAL AND NEONATAL PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE. 2019.

Provider Perceptions of Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Barriers to Implementation in a Level III Neonatal Unit in South India. Atreya, MR; Lorenz, JM; Narendran, V. Advances in Neonatal Care (Elsevier). 2018; 18:500-506.

Markers of Successful Extubation in Extremely Preterm Infants, and Morbidity After Failed Extubation. Chawla, S; Natarajan, G; Shankaran, S; Carper, B; Brion, LP; Keszler, M; Carlo, WA; Ambalavanan, N; Gantz, MG; Das, A; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 189:113-119.e2.

Patterns of Oxygenation, Mortality, and Growth Status in the Surfactant Positive Pressure and Oxygen Trial Cohort. Di Fiore, JM; Martin, RJ; Li, H; Morris, N; Carlo, WA; Finer, N; Walsh, M; Jobe, AH; Caplan, MS; Polin, RA; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 186:49-56.e1.

Growth Outcomes of Preterm Infants Exposed to Different Oxygen Saturation Target Ranges from Birth. Navarrete, CT; Wrage, LA; Carlo, WA; Walsh, MC; Rich, W; Gantz, MG; Das, A; Schibler, K; Newman, NS; Piazza, AJ; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 176:62-68.e4.

Racial disparities in cord blood vitamin D levels and its association with small-for-gestational-age infants. Seto, TL; Tabangin, ME; Langdon, G; Mangeot, C; Dawodu, A; Steinhoff, M; Narendran, V. Journal of Perinatology. 2016; 36:623-628.

Blood Cytokine Profiles Associated with Distinct Patterns of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia among Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. D'Angio, CT; Ambalavanan, N; Carlo, WA; McDonald, SA; Skogstrand, K; Hougaard, DM; Shankaran, S; Goldberg, RN; Ehrenkranz, RA; Tyson, JE; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 174:45-51.e5.

Impact of Early Sodium Supplementation on Hyponatremia and Growth in Premature Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Isemann, B; Mueller, EW; Narendran, V; Akinbi, H. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2016; 40:342-349.