Rakesh Sahni, MBBS

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

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.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

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

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Administrative Titles

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

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Languages

  • Hindi

Gender

  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi (India)
  • 1984 University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
  • Residency: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Residency: 1990 St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital
  • Fellowship: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Fellowship: 1993 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Research