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Dr. Raja Nandyal

Assiciate Professor of Pediatrics
Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center
1200 Everett drive, 7th Floor, Neonatal Section,

Brief Biography:

Since July 2005, I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics/Neonatal Section at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. I am also the Medical Director of PremieR Clinic and Neonate Clinic. I am also the Principal Investigator (PI) for Oklahoma Infant Transition Program (OITP) and Oklahoma Areawide systems Information Systems (OASIS). I am Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. I am also a Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate.

Recent Research activities
Current (funded)
1. Recipient of CATCH grant of AAP for 2012- Medical Home for Neonatal ICU graduates
2. PI: Title of the Project: Is Disability Status Upon Discharge from the NICU, a Risk Factor for Child Maltreatment? A comprehensive Examination of Risk Factors in a High Risk Population; completed; 3 manuscripts in preparation
3. Co- Investigator for “Neonatal Allo-immune Thrombocytopenia”- Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy- Risk based strategy and outcome (NAT Study); PI: Jean Goodman, M.D; MFM at OUHSC

Unfunded Studies
1. PI: Title: Relationship of Caffeine Dosing with Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Levels in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. Status: Completed; Abstract submitted to PAS (Pediatric Academic Societies) and PHA (Pediatric Hospital Medicine); Platform presentation and poster presentation at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting in Memphis TN, on March 18th. Co-PI: Jamie Miller, R.Ph; Co-Investigator: Marilyn Escobedo, M.D
2. PI: Title: Risk Factors for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in the Late Preterm Infants as Compared to Term Infants. Completed; Abstract submitted to PAS and PHA
3. PI for OUHSC with Co-PI: Patricia Williams, in a multi-centered project; Title: The Vermont Oxford Network Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant Follow-Up Project
5. Working as a lead author, with Dr. David Parham, Pediatric Pathologist, OUHSC and Dr. J. Thomas Stocker, Pediatric pathologist, Bethesda, Maryland; a case report (6 cases) and literature review on “Congenital Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia”
6. PI: Title: The Effects of Musical Tones and Sequences on the Neuro-developmental Outcome in the Very Low Birth Weight Infants; Status: IRB applied and Grant applied. Co-PI: Susan Bedwell, MS, APN, at OUMC

1. Co- Investigator for “NIPPV study” (Nasal Positive Pressure Ventilation in Preterm Infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome)- a multi-center study; PI: R. Ramanathan, M.D; Center’s PI: Kris Sekar, M.D.


Academic positions:

2005–Present: Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
2001–2005: Clinical Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1987 – 2001: Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


Research interests:

Varied interests including Neuro developmental outcome, Asphyxia Neonatorum, Music Therapy, Car Bed- Car Seat Safety Test, Neonal Sepsis scoring system, Group B Strep sepsis, C-Reactive protein, Novel teaching techniques, Late Preterm Infant, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Congenital alveolar Capillary Dysplasia etc


Any other information:

Extremely interested in teaching and developing new teaching techniques etc. Won Best Teacher awards (x 2) and several cetificates.
Original Contributions (Peer-Reviewed)
1. Nandyal, R: “Update on Group B Streptococcal Infections: Perinatal and Neonatal  Periods”- Journal of Perinatal Neonatal Nursing, Vol.22, No.3, pp 230-237 (Aug’ 08)
2. Nandyal, R, Beaver S, Becker W, Orlando L, Spiedel L, Kirby R, and Byker S: “Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Marked Hyperbilirubinemia During Infancy”- Journal of Perinatology 2000: 2: 140-141
1. Journal: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management- 2009
2. Journal: Eastern Journal of Medicine- 2009
3. Journal: Clinical Audit- 20094. A chapter in Briggs: Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation- 6/e (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins publication)
Authored or Co-authored Publications (Not Peer Reviewed)
1. In Print. Multidisciplinary Approach to a Late Preterm Infant- NPA Steering Committee
2. “Caring for the Late Preterm Infant”- A clinical Practice Guideline: Oklahoma Infant Alliance, September 2010 (www.Oklahomainfantalliance.org), including a Tool Kit
3. Neonatal check lists  (8 sets of NCL) for the daily NICU use for the residents and NNPs, including Newborn ABCDs for the discharge guidelines- July 2010.
4. Raja’s Quiz (27 sets each with 5 to 7 questions to help the Neonatal Fellows in preparing for their Boards)- 2005
4 Abstracts were submitted to PAS and PHA- recently
1. Nandyal R, Miller J, Anderson M, and  Escobedo M: Relationship of Caffeine dosing with Serum Alkaline Phosphatase levels in Extremely Low Birth-Weight Infants”- at the 5th Annual Pediatrics Research Day, O.U  College of Medicine, May 26, 2011
2. Nandyal R, Owora A, Risch E, Bonner B, Chaffin M, McCaffree M, Ernst K and Gillaspy S: Care giving Burden as a Predictor of Future Child Maltreatment: A cross sectional Study In a Neonatal Intensive care Unit, Oklahoma University Medical Center- at the 5th Annual Pediatrics Research Day
3. Nandyal R, Durrani S, Elamin B, Anderson M, Armstrong J and Safarulla A: “Risk factors for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in the Late Preterm Infants”-  at the 5th Annual Pediatrics Research Day
4. Risch E, Owora A, Nandyal R, Bonner B and Chaffin M: Risk for Varying Types of Child Maltreatment in a Cross-Sectional Sample from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Oklahoma University Medical Center- at the 5th Annual Pediatrics Research Day
1. “The Unfinished Master Piece” at “Every Week Counts Conference”- sponsored by Oklahoma Hospital Association, March Of Dimes, Preparing for a Lifetime and Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement- Jul 22 2011
2. “Late Preterm Infant- The Great Pretender”- STILLWATER Medical Center CME-   May 24 2011
3. “NICU Grad-Simply New Kid in Town?”- Changing Seasons in Neonatology-  Sponsored by Neonatal Section, OUHSC- Oct 23 2009
4. “NICU Graduate: Simply New Kid in town?” Newborn Medicine Today: What Every Practitioner should know- May 8-9, 2009
5. “Approach to a Neonate with Respiratory Distress”- presented at 44th annual OSRC (Oklahoma State Respiratory Care) Meeting on Jun 13 2008
6. “Neonatal X-ray Interpretation”- Changing Seasons in Neonatology: A new Century in Neonatal Care- at Ross Learning Center (Sponsored by Neonatal Section, OUHSC)- Nov 10 2006
1. Oklahoma Infant Alliance’s presenter at a National Perinatal Association Summit- “Multidisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Late Preterm Infants” on Nov 3rd 2010 at George Town University, Washington, DC
2. Represented (as a discussant) Oklahoma Infant Alliance at a National MedImmune sponsored meeting (by invitation only): “Premature Infant Summit” on Nov 19 2009 at Columbia, Maryland
1. “GBS (Group B Strep) Conundrum- Did we solve it? “- A CME presented at Andhra Medical College Global Alumni Meet on Dec 28 2008, at Visakhapatnam, A.P, India.


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