Rakesh Sahni, MBBS

Expertise in: 
Neonatology
Board Certifications: 
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Treats Children
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Neonatology, Neonatal Respiratory Disease, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neonatal Care

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU
  • Director of Infant Physiology Laboratory

Rakesh Sahni, MBBS, is Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Director of the Infant Physiology Laboratory at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After earning his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi in India, Dr. Sahni did pediatric residency training in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He further completed fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Columbia University in 1993 and has been a faculty member since then.

Dr. Sahni’s major area of interest is neonatal physiology and behavior. His research goals are to understand the physiological basis of various processes during the neonatal period. He Investigates how these processes alter cardiorespiratory activity, thermal regulation, and neurobehavioral organization in the early developmental stages of infants with very low birthweights. He also studies the acute physiological effects of interventions in these infants, such as nutrition and postural alteration, as well as the long-term effects of early nutritional experiences, with emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive alterations at the resting level and stimulus responsiveness of the maturing sympathetic nervous system.

In addition, Dr. Sahni collaborates with researchers from the Department of Developmental Neuroscience to study the interactive relationships among body position during sleep, body temperature, and cardiorespiratory and neuroelectric activity in the regulation of heart functions during early development of low birthweight infants. His long-term objectives are to explain the body’s vulnerabilities underlying sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and to develop age-appropriate, noninvasive tests to identify infants at greatest risk for SIDS. His research interests also include continuous invasive and noninvasive physiological monitoring during neonatal intensive care in preterm and term infants. He has published more than 75 original papers and more than 95 abstracts, and is a recipient of several grant awards.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Languages

  • Hindi

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

TRICARE

  • TRICARE

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi (India)
  • Residency: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Fellowship: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Research

Grants

PREDICTIVE INFORMATICS MONITORING IN THE NEONATAL ICU (Federal Gov)

Aug 15 2018 - Jul 31 2022

PSDP FELLOWSHIP (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2019

RESPIRATORY AND HEMODYNAMIC EFFECTS OF VARYING BUBBLE NASAL CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE IN VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT INFANTS (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Jan 24 2014 - Jan 24 2019

NON INVASIVE NITRIC OXIDE IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPOXEMIC RESPIRATORY FAILURE IN TERM & PRETERM INFANTS (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Dec 30 2013 - Dec 30 2018

MD-INMD-CV PREDICTIVE INFORMATICS MONITORING IN THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (Federal Gov)

Jul 10 2014 - Jun 30 2018

PREDICTIVE INFORMATICS MONITORING IN THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (Federal Gov)

Jul 10 2014 - Jun 30 2015

NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF PULMONARY VENTILATION AND PERFUSION USING ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY (EIT) (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2011 - May 31 2014

PERINATAL ASSESSMENT OF AT-RISK POPULATIONS (Federal Gov)

May 5 2006 - Mar 31 2013

AUTONOMIC REACTIVITY DURING SLEEP POSITION THERMAL STRESS (Federal Gov)

Apr 10 2007 - Mar 31 2011