Dr. Praveen Chandrasekharan
Center for Developmental Biology of the Lung


where physician scientists identify problems that need solutions


Intensive Care Unit, Private Room

John R Oishei children’s hospital

Research and clinical work go hand in hand at the Division of Neonatology, which is part of UBMD Pediatrics at Oishei Children's Hospital. The advances made through research in the Division bring about direct improvements in the care of the hospital’s youngest, and perhaps most vulnerable patients.

The focus of the Division’s research is three-fold: to study how best to deliver critical care to babies with respiratory depression at birth and reduce oxygen toxicity; to discover the optimum management of newborns with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN); and to further the treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a gastrointestinal disease that disproportionately affects pre-term infants.


In the News

The Buffalo Spree features “Local Hero’s/ NICU Doctors & Nurses,” a description from a mother’s perspective of having a premature baby in the hospital.


World-renowned speakers will address many of the most critical and controversial issues that influence the clinical practice of newborn medicine.

Dr. Chandrasekharan is an invited speaker for NEO 2019. The conference is a premier meeting for neonatal medicine. Dr. Chandrasekharan’s lecture is entitled, “How do we define hypoglycemia & what is the best treatment approach.” NEO is scheduled for Feb 21-23, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.


Clinical Research

Oishei Children’s Hospital is a participating site for clinical studies under the Neonatal Research Network (NRN). Studies organized through NRN are part of multi-center randomized control trials and observational studies. The NRN was established by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The Division is also the recipient of a PROP (Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program) grant and a TOLSURF (Trial Of Late SURFactant) grant aimed at the prevention of Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Medical Illustration

Using infographics to enhance doctor-patient communication

Following the birth of an extremely premature infant, parents are often dazed, confused and shocked. Neonatal providers talk about new medical terms using abbreviations such as IVH, RDS, NEC, and SIP. The ultimate goal of a prenatal and postnatal counseling of an anxious parent is to provide concise information in a manner which will help them understand the outcomes, risk and benefits of future therapy, immediate and late complications of prematurity. Infographics or information graphics are easy to understand visual representation of knowledge. Complex topics can be presented in a simple manner to enhance communication. (Excerpt from “Complications of Prematurity" - An Infographic”)

a tool for physicians, medical students and parents

Dr. Chandrasekharan in partnership with Dr. Lakshminrusimha developed a mobile application to feature medical illustrations as a tool to enhance our understanding of complex medical concepts, diseases, and physiology.

The app, “Illustrative Neonatology” is free to download from the Apple Store.