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Maninder Kalra, MD


personalized medicine for obstructive sleep apnea, pulmonary management in neuromuscular disorders


Dr. Kalra is a pediatric specialist in both the pulmonary and sleep departments at Dayton Children’s.  Dr. Kalra is the medical director of Sleep Center and leads the programs on sleep disorders in overweight and obese children and use of web-based monitoring of adherence to the prescribed therapy.  He is a board member of the Sinclair Community College in Dayton.  He was on the medical staff at Cincinnati Children’s and an assistant professor at University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. Along with English, Dr. Kalra also speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

Dr. Kalra's research focus is to educate the pathogenesis of breathing disorders in obese children and reduce morbidity due to poorly controlled respiratory disorders in this high-risk group.


education and training

  • medical school: Punjab University, India
  • internship: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey
  • residency: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey
  • fellowship: Pediatric pulmonary - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • board certification: Sleep medicine, pediatric pulmonary
  • research training:  PhD in epidemiology, University of Cincinnati

publications and presentations

  • Adenotonsillectomy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Young Children: Prevalence of Pulmonary Complications. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006; 132: 476-480.
  • Association of ApoE genetic variants with obstructive sleep apnea in children. Sleep Medicine 03/2008; 9(3):260-5.
  • Computational modeling of upper airway before and after adenotonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea. The Laryngoscope 03/2008; 118(2):360-2.
  • The respiratory management of patients with duchenne muscular dystrophy: a DMD care considerations working group specialty article. Pediatric Pulmonology 08/2010; 45(8):739-48.
  • Use of Upper Airway Cine MRI to Develop Personalized Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Obese Children. American Thoracic Society annual meeting 2017, Poster Discussion Session.
  • Neck Circumference Percentile as a Predictor of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children. American Thoracic Society annual meeting 2017, Poster Session.
  • U Jaimini, T Banerjee, W Romine, K Thirunarayan, A Sheth, and Maninder KalraInvestigation of an Indoor Air Quality Sensor for Asthma Management in Children. IEEE Sensors letters. Vol 1, No.2, April 2017.

awards, honors and organizations

  • Lugaresi Young Investigator Award, World Association of Sleep Medicine

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I enjoy working with kids. Being a pediatric sleep and pulmonary doctor allows me to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families.

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

Dayton Children’s offers a patient-centered experience.

Dayton Children's is special because...

the hospital strives to provide the best possible care to children.

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