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Shekhar T. Venkataraman, MBBS

Job Title Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5164 Phone
412-692-6076 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1980 Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research (J.I.P.M.E.R.), Pondicherry, India


1984 Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ


1987 University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Medical Association

Board Certifications

  • Federal Licensure Examination (FLEX)
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Sub Board Critical Care


  • Pediatric Section Award for the best Pediatric abstract presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1990
  • SCCM Annual Scientific Award presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, San Antonio, 1998
  • Pediatric Section Award for the best Pediatric abstract presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco, 2000


  • Kim IK, Phrampus E, Venkataraman S, Pitetti R, Saville A, Corcoran T, Gracely E, Funt N, Thompson A.  Helium/oxygen-driven albuterol nebulization in the treatment of children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations: a randomized, controlled trial.  Pediatrics. 2005 Nov;116(5):1127-33.
  • Santhanam I, Sangareddi S, Venkataraman S, Kissoon N, Thiruvengadamudayan V, Kasthuri RK.  A Prospective Randomized Controlled Study of Two Fluid Regimens in the Initial Man-agement of Septic Shock in the Emergency Department.  Pediatric Emergency Care:Volume 24:2008; 647-655.
  • Newth CJ, Venkataraman S, Willson DF, Meert KL, Harrison R, Dean JM, Pollack M, Zimmer-man J, Anand KJ, Carcillo JA, Nicholson CE; Eunice Shriver Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network.    Weaning and extubation readiness in pediatric patients.  Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009 Jan;10(1):1-11.

    View Dr. Venkataraman's full list of publications from PubMed.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Developing extubation criteria in intubated infants and children
  • Measurement of work of breathing and oxygen cost of breathing and its impact on weaning from mechanical ventilation in infants and children
  • Developing a transport triage tool
  • Inhaled nitric oxide in primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
  • Inhaled nitric oxide in adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • Evaluation of inhaled nitric oxide before cardiac transplantation
  • Oxidant stress in critically ill patients as evaluated by oxidants, antioxidants, and inflammatory cytokines
  • Evaluation of the use of hypoxic gas mixtures in hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Unsuspected fungal infections in the intensive care unit
  • Partitioning pulmonary vascular resistance in congenital and acquired heart disease in infants and children
  • Evaluation of viscoelastic resistance in the lungs in critically ill mechanically ventilated infants and children
  • Nutrition in the critically ill pediatric patient
  • Effect of different modes of weaning on work of breathing and extubation success
  • Effect of prone positioning in pediatric ARDS
  • Effect of critical illness on hemoglobin dissociation curve and 2,3-dpg levels
Last Update
August 27, 2010
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August 27, 2010