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Rasika Venkatraman, MD


multi-disciplinary management of critically ill and injured pediatric patients


Rasika Venkatraman, MD, is a pediatric intensivist in the Wallace Critical Care Complex at Dayton Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She works in both the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and the intermediate care unit (IMCU) with a team of intensivists, nurses, residents, respiratory therapists, social workers and dietitians to heal the most critically ill or injured children.

Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

education and training

  • medical school: Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • residency and internship: Michigan State University at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan
  • fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • board certification: Pediatrics

publications and presentations

  • Dexmedetomidine for Sedation During Non-Invasive Ventilation in Pediatric Patients. Rasika Venkatraman, James. L. Hungerford, Archana Ramesh, Mark W. Hall, Joseph D. Tobias. Poster Presentation. Society of Critical Care Medicine 43rd Educational and Scientific Symposium, January 9-13, San Francisco, CA.
  • Rhinovirus Infection and Severe Asthma Exacerbations in Critically Ill Children Admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Rasika Venkatraman, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel and Todd J.Karsies. Poster Presentation, American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 15-20, 2015, Denver, CO.
  • Venkatraman, R. Abdominal neuroblastoma presenting as cardiac failure and severe hypertension in a 13-month old girl. Poster presentation. Society of Critical Care Medicine 44th Educational and Scientific Symposium, January 17-21, Phoenix, AZ

awards, honors and organizations

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member, 2012 - present
  • American Thoracic Society, Member, 2014 - present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member, 2009 - present

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

even as a pediatric intern, I had a special interest in critical care medicine, and an aptitude for it. I admire the resilience of children. I consider it a privilege to be given the responsibility of caring for the sickest and most critically injured patients in the hospital, and to help bring them back to health. More recently, as a mother whose child had to endure an ICU stay, I feel a special empathy towards the families of our patients. Having understood first-hand what it means to be an ICU parent, I believe it has made me an even better physician.

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

my family has made Dayton our home since 2015, and we love this community. Working at Dayton Children’s Hospital is like being part of a family.

Dayton Children's is special because...

we provide exceptional Pediatric specialty care right here, close to home.

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