Venkat Shankar, MD Interim 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

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Critical Care, 1996
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Pediatric, 1993
    A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
  • MD, 1988
    All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1985
    All India Institute of Med Sciences
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Venkat Shankar

Teresa Dejesus

Teresa's Story

Teresa, 2, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and waited on the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for nine months while she waited for a heart transplant. Her heart arrived on Christmas Day.

Patient story

Katherine's Story

"I knew we were in good hands when we were referred to Children's National, and you will be too."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Cardiac tamponade in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

(1988) Ind Pediatr

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

(2005) ASAIO Journal

Isoflurane Therapy for Life Threatening Status Asthmaticus in Children

(2006) Intensive Care Medicine

Late Presentation of Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia

(2006) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Sedating children for radiological proceduresan intensivists perspective

(2008) Pediatr Radiol

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