Deepika Sankaran, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Deepika Sankaran, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Specialties

Neonatology

Department

Pediatrics

Title

  • Assistant Professor

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2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-282-3284

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
800-282-3284

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2516 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2011
Physician Referrals: 800-4UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to provide every newborn infant with the best possible care that is evidence-based, which would enable her/him to have a head-start in this world. My approach is to involve the parents of the newborn during daily rounds in the neonatal intensive care unit and empower them to play an active role in the decision making with respect to the overall management of the neonate.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sankaran is a neonatologist who cares for the most vulnerable extremely premature babies and critically ill term newborns. She has special interest in the field of neonatal resuscitation in which she is currently involved in research. Assuming the role of a team leader, she streamlines the delivery room management of preterm and term newborn infants. She enjoys her role as a teacher/ facilitator of education for neonatal health care providers in the delivery room, during bedside rounds and conferences.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sankaran's laboratory research focuses on neonatal resuscitation including chest compressions, epinephrine and use of oxygen during and after resuscitation in an ovine model. Her goal is to improve outcomes in all newborn infants, and especially the preterm and term infants who require resuscitation at birth. Her clinical research interests include evaluation of cardiovascular effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure in the newborns. Additionally, she is attempting to estimate the prevalence of perinatal syphilis in the community with an emphasis on evaluation of short-term neonatal outcomes and prevention of congenital syphilis.

Division

Neonatology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Education

M.B.B.S., Madras Medical College, India 2009

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Madras Medical College/Institute of Child Health & Hospital for Children, India 2013

Internship: Madras Medical College, Chennai/Tamil Nadu, India 2009-2010

Residency

Pediatrics, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Queens NY 2013-2016

Pediatrics, Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Madras Medical College, Chennai/Tamil Nadu, India 2011-2013

Fellowships

Neonatology, University of Buffalo/John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, Buffalo NY 2016-2019

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics,

California Medical License,

Educational Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG),

Neonatal Resuscitation Program,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

Young Investigator Award from Eastern Society of Pediatric Research, 2019

Winner of Fellows Case Competition in Eastern Society of Pediatric Research, 2019

Eastern Society of Pediatric Research Travel Grant Award, 2018, 2019

Pediatric Academic Societies Travel Award for Young Investigator, 2018, 2019

Academic Secretary in Madras Medical College Students´┐Ż Council, 2008, 2009

Gold Medal (Top 1%ile) in Internal Medicine- Price Memorial Prize, 2008

Gold Medal (Top 1%ile) in Clinical Surgery- Dugar Welfare Foundation Prize, 2008

Runner-up (Top 1%ile) in Rangachari Prize Exam in Medicine and Surgery, 2007, 2008

Runner-up (Top 1%ile) in Blalock Gold Medal Exam in Internal Medicine, 2008

Gold Medal (Top 1%ile) in Biochemistry- Col. Van Geyzel Prize, 2005

Dr. Chandramohan Memorial Second Prize for proficiency in Anatomy Dissection, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Sankaran D, Nakra N, Cheema R, et al. Perinatal SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Neonatal COVID-19: A 2021 Update. NeoReviews. 2021 May;22(5). doi:10.1542/neo.22-5-e1001.

Vali P, Weiner GM, Sankaran D, Lakshminrusimha S. What is the optimal initial dose of epinephrine during neonatal resuscitation in the delivery room? J Perinatol. 2021 Mar 12. doi:10.1038/s41372-021-01032-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33712718.

Sankaran D, Chandrasekharan PK, Gugino SF, Koenigsknecht C, Helman J, Nair J, Mathew B, Rawat M, Vali P, Nielsen L, Tancredi DJ, Lakshminrusimha S. Randomised trial of epinephrine dose and flush volume in term newborn lambs. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2021 Mar 9:fetalneonatal-2020-321034. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2020-321034. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33687959.

Sankaran D, Siefkes H, Ing F, Lakshminrusimha S, Poulain F. Critical congenital heart disease detection in the screening era: Do not neglect the examination! Accepted for publication by Am J Perinatology Reports on 2021 Feb 5.

Vali P, Lesneski A, Hardie M, Alhassen Z, Chen P, Joudi H, Sankaran D, Lakshminrusimha S. Continuous chest compressions with asynchronous ventilations increase carotid blood flow in the perinatal asphyxiated lamb model. Pediatr Res. 2021 Jan 19. doi:10.1038/s41390-020-01306-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33469187.

Sankaran D, Chandrasekharan PK, Rawat M. Perinatal Hypophosphatasia in a Premature Infant. AJP Rep. 2020 Apr;10(2):e139-e147. doi:10.1055/s-0040-1709512. Epub 2020 Apr 15. PMID:32309015.

Vali P, Sankaran D, Rawat M, Berkelhamer S, Lakshminrusimha S. Epinephrine in Neonatal Resuscitation. Children (Basel). 2019 Apr 2;6(4):51. doi:10.3390/children6040051. PMID:30987062.