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Amit Vohra, MD (E)


pediatric intensive care, procedural sedation, perioperative OR to PICU handoff safety and communication, brain death determination in children, donation after cardiac death and organ donation, diabetic ketoacidosis, resuscitation training for residents


Dr. Vohra is director of sedation services and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

education and training

  • medical school: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  • residency: University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
  • fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
  • internship: University of Illinois, Chicago
  • board certification: Pediatric Critical Care medicine, Pediatrics

publications and presentations

  • Vohra A: Donation after Cardiocirculatory Death in Pediatrics, in Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care, Poss WP and Rowin ME, editors, 2009, Society of Critical Care Medicine: Mount Prospect, IL.
  • M. Rowin, A. Vohra, J. Christenson. Intensive care unit nosocomial infections, In: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, Wheeler DS, Shanley TP, and Wong HR, Editors. Springer-Verlag, London UK. 2007
  • Nakagawa TA, Ashwal S, Mathur M, Mysore MR, Bruce D, Conway EE Jr, Duthie SE, Hamrick S, Harrison R, Kline AM, Lebovitz DJ, Madden MA, Montgomery VL, Perlman JM, Rollins N, Shemie SD, Vohra A, Williams-Phillips JA; Society of Critical Care Medicine; Section on Critical Care and Section on Neurology of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Child Neurology Society. Guidelines for the determination of brain death in infants and children: an update of the 1987 Task Force recommendations. Crit Care Med. 2011 Sep;39(9):2139-55.
  • Statham MM, Vohra A, Mehta DK, Baker T, Sarlay R, Rutter MJ. Serratia marcescens causing cervical necrotizing oropharyngitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Mar;73(3):467-73. Epub 2008 Dec 10.
  • Mohammad Sawal, Marta Cohen, Jose E Irazuzta, Ramani Kumar, Christine Kirton, Patricia Fenton, Marie-Anne Brundler, Clair Anne Evans, John Andrew Wilson, Parakkal Raffeeq, Amer Azaz, Alexandre T Rotta, Ajay Vora, Amit Vohra, Patricia Abboud, David Mirkin, Mehrengise Cooper, Megan K Dishop, Jeanine M Graf, Andy Petros, Hilary Klonin. Fulminant pertussis: A multi-center study with new insights into the clinico-pathological mechanisms. Pediatric Pulmonology 2009 Oct;44(10):970-80
  • Verma AK, Vohra A, Maitra A et al. Epidemiology of chronic suppurative otitis media and deafness in a rural area and developing an intervention strategy. Indian J Pediatrics 1995; 62:725-729
  • Nakagawa TA, Rigby MR, Bratton S, Shemie S, Ajizian SJ, Berkowitz I, Bowens CD, Cosio CC, Curley MA, Dhanani S, Dobyns E, Easterling L, Fortenberry JD, Helfaer MA, Kolovos NS, Koogler T, Lebovitz DJ, Michelson K, Morrison W, Naim MY, Needle J, Nelson B, Rotta AT, Rowin ME, Serrao K, Shore PM, Smith S, Thompson AE, Vohra A, Weise K. A call for full public disclosure for donation after determination of death in children. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011 May; 12( 3): 375-377.
  • Vohra A. Critical Appraisal of: Castellanos-Ortega I, Delgado-Rodríguez M, Llorca J, et al. A new prognostic scoring system for meningococcal septic shock in children. Comparison with three other scoring systems. Intensive Care Med 2002; 28: 341-351. In The PedsCCM Evidence-Based Journal Club, August 24, 2004. Accessed November 8, 2004.
  • Vohra A. Critical Appraisal of: Barret JP, Ramzy PI, Wolf SE, Herndon DN. Sensitivity and Specificity of Bronchoalveolar Lavage and Protected Bronchial Brush in the Diagnosis of Pneumonia in Pediatric Burn Patients. Arch Surg. 1999;134:1243-1247. In The PedsCCM Evidence-Based Journal Club, July 6, 2004. 
  • Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Pediatric Clips. November 2006. Volume 4. Issue 5.


  • DKA- update for Emergency room nurses – video lecture Aug 16, 2016
  • Brain Death, Cardiac Death: Guidelines, Protocols and Donation Options in the Pediatric Trauma Patient. Pediatric Trauma Symposium- April 25, 2014
  • Determination of Brain Death in Children: Revised 2011 Guidelines. Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton. May 9, 2012
  • Update on Brain Death guidelines. Life Connection of Ohio Fall Seminar. NCR Country Club. Oct 20, 2011
  • Surviving your first DCD: Dayton Children’s experience. Life Connection of Ohio Spring Seminar. NCR Country Club. May 5, 2011
  • Intranasal Dexmedetomidine for moderate sedation in medical imaging. Inservice for department of medical imaging at. Dayton Children’s. March 14, 2011
  • DKA management the short and sweet approach. Sep 28 and 301th, 2010. PICU nursing, Dayton Children’s
  • Moving Evidence into Practice: Management of a Unique Near Drowning Event in the PICU. Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton Sep23, 2009.
  • Lab Interpretation - Chemistries and Blood gases. Videotaped Lecture for Nurse Education. Feb 24, 2009. 
  • Procedural Pain Management Clinical Practice Guidelines. Grand Rounds, CMC Dayton. Oct 8, 2008
  • Acute Respiratory Failure. Speaker at Acute Care Series. CMC Dayton. July, 2008
  • Sharing Bad News-Supporting Families at the Most Difficult Times. Panel Discussion at Grand rounds. CMC Dayton, Nov 7, 2007
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Lecture. Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St Mary’s, Ohio. Nov 1, 2007
  • Acute Respiratory Failure. Speaker at Acute Care Series. CMC Dayton. August, 2007
  • Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in children. Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton. May 2, 2007.
  • Pediatric Organ Donation: What’s new in 2007? Speaker at 8th Annual All Ohio Pediatric Trauma Symposium. Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH. Hosted by Children’s Medical Center, Dayton April 20, 2007.
  • Pediatric Organ Donation: What’s new in 2006? Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton. Oct 25, 2006.
  • Acute Respiratory Failure. Speaker at Acute Care Series. CMC Dayton. July, 2006
  • Acute Fluid and Electrolyte issues. Lecture at Nursing symposium. “Collaborative Management of the Acutely Ill Child.” WSU College of Nursing. WSU. May 13, 2006.
  • Procedural Sedation in children. Speaker at Core Conference series. CMC Dayton. Dec 7, 2005.
  • Acute Respiratory Failure. Speaker at Acute Care Series. CMC Dayton. July 13, 2005
  • High Leverage Change: Deploy a self-organizing team. Speaker at Pediatric Donation Forum, CMS & Ohio Organ Procurement Organizations. Columbus, OH. May 10, 2005
  • High-dose epinephrine in in-hospital cardiac arrest. Year in Review 2004. Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton. Dec 8, 2004
  • Anemia and Related issues in critically ill patients. CME journal club. CMC Dayton. Oct 20, 2004.
  • Ethical principles and end-of-life care / decisions in critically ill children. Grand Rounds. CMC Dayton. Apr 14, 2004
  • Contractile dysfunction of the diaphragm in inflammatory diseases. Presentation. Frontiers in Pediatric Research, CMC Dayton. Feb 27, 2004.
  • Redox regulation of diaphragm contractile function. Research Conference series. Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. October 9, 2003
  • Shock. Resident Lecture. University Of Illinois at Chicago. July14, 2003
  • MAP kinases and acute contractile dysfunction of the diaphragm. Respiratory Physiology Research Conference Series. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH. Dec 6, 2002.
  • Diaphragm force production and MAPKK inhibitors. CME Lecture 2002. AIIMSONIANS OF AMERICA 22nd Annual Convention, Los Angeles, August 10, 2002
  • Leukemia and sepsis. Clinicopathology conference. CME Lecture 1998. AIIMSONIANS OF AMERICA 16th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., August 8,1998

awards, honors and organizations

  • 2014 Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Hero’s award, shared award for PICU
  • 2011 Presidential Citation, for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • 2008 Collaborator in Caring for Education, Nursing Day award, Dayton Children’s
  • 2005 Shared Teaching Award (PICU) from Graduating Peds residents
  • 2002 Institutional award for Poster Presentation of Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Fellows Day
  • 1994 Institute Medal for Best Graduate
  • Member of Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Founding Council member Society of Pediatric Sedation

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

it allows me to practice medicine in a very rewarding way – shades of grey, critical thinking, trusting your coworker, evidence based protocols yet room for instincts, attention to detail, the optimal use of advanced technology, the value of compassion, the patience to persevere and the appreciation from the families.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

It has a culture of hiring and retaining good people and providing great care for the children. Even some less appreciated staff give their best here.

Dayton Children's is special because...

of the camaraderie of teamwork here. DCH wins national accolades yet it lives in a little niche so odd and small that it would only get noticed if it weren’t there one day.

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