Venkat Shankar, MD, MBA Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine; Respiratory Care Services



Venkat R. Shankar, MD, MBA, joined Children’s National as the Division Chief of Respiratory Care from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where he was Chief of Pediatric Critical Care after having been recruited from Vanderbilt University three years earlier. Dr. Shankar also is an attending in the PICU and CICU. His research interests include Extracorporeal membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), status asthmaticus, congenital heart disease, and procedural sedation.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 1988
    All India Institute of Medical Sciences
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Lindsey's Story

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Niko's Story

"Accept help from family, friends, and co-workers depending on what you really need from them when they ask, 'Do you need anything?'"



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Isoflurane Therapy for Life Threatening Status Asthmaticus in Children

(2006) Intensive Care Medicine

Clinical Outcomes of 84 Children with Congenital Heart Disease Managed with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation after Cardiac Surgery

(2005) ASAIO Journal

Cardiac tamponade in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

(1988) Ind Pediatr

Sedating children for radiological proceduresan intensivists perspective

(2008) Pediatr Radiol

Late Presentation of Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia

(2006) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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