Vasanth Kumar

Vasanth H. Kumar

Vasanth H. Kumar MD

UBMD Pediatrics


Biomedical Engineering; Developmental Biology; Global Health; Inflammation; Lung Inflammation and Infection; Neonatology; Pathophysiology; Pediatrics; Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine; Translational Research

Hospital-based provider only

Professional Summary:

As a neonatologist, I care for the sickest and extremely premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. I work collaboratively with fellows, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, nurses — and other health care professionals to provide highest quality care for newborns admitted to the NICU.

I participate actively in the educational activities of the Division of Neonatology and mentor fellows and residents to learn the skills required for them to be independent, successful neonatologists. I believe in providing them with the freedom and independence to think and learn in clinical and research settings and guiding them with timely feedback. I have mentored numerous fellows, residents, and medical students in their scholarly research activities, presentations at regional and national meetings, and successfully publishing their work. I am committed to fellows' success and developing them as the next generation of compassionate, competent neonatologists.

I am the Director of the Center of Developmental Biology of the Lung (CDBL), one of the few centers in the country that does cutting-edge research in newborn lamb models of cardiac arrest in the areas of resuscitation, delayed cord clamping, and asphyxia. My research focuses on newborn resuscitation, pulmonary hypertension, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (lung injury in premature newborns), and the long-term effects of prematurity in children and adults. In addition, my research related to the role of oxygen in resuscitation and pulmonary hypertension in newborns is nationally recognized. I have 75 publications to my credit.

My upbringing in India has given me a deep appreciation for global health issues relating to maternal and child health. That has spurred me to develop low-cost technologies to improve neonatal and child health in resource-poor settings, emphasizing developing medical devices in the areas of resuscitation and birth asphyxia.


Biomedical Engineering, Developmental Biology, Global Health, Inflammation, Lung Inflammation and Infection, Neonatology, Pathophysiology, Pediatrics, Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine, Translational Research

Physician Gender:


Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Oishei Children‘s Hospital

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Certification, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Education and Training:

  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1998)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1997)
  • Fellowship, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1996)
  • MD, Pediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (1989)
  • Internship, Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karnatak Medical College (1985)
  • Medicine/Surgery, Karnatak Medical College (1984)

Awards and Honors:

  • Guest Editor. Special Issue (2022)
  • Poster Session Moderator - “Neonatal Neurology” (2022)
  • Chair, Scientific Review Committee (2022)
  • Platform Session Moderator - “Developmental Biology (Basic & Translational) (2022)
  • OBGYN Grand Rounds (2021)
  • Sophie Womack Invited Lectureship (2021)
  • Guest Editor. Special Issue (Children) (2021)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman (2018)
  • Mentor to Marshall Klaus Grant Awardee (2014)
  • Chair & Moderator State of the Art Plenary Session on "Oxygen Saturation Targets in Premature Neonates - the Dilemma and the Debate" (2012)
  • Young Investigator Award Finalist (2012)
  • Platform Session Moderator: "Neonatology Clinical Studies II" (2012)
  • GME Outstanding Accreditation Award (2011)
  • Platform Session Moderator: Neonatology - Pulmonary Injury" (2010)
  • WHO's WHO in North America - 2009 (2009)
  • Facilitator/Judge: 12th Annual Scholarly Exchange Day (2008)
  • Top Pediatrician in USA - 2007 (2007)
  • Speaker, Neonatal Resuscitation Seminar, NRP (2007)
  • Facilitator/Judge: 11th Annual Scholarly Exchange Day (2007)
  • Platform Session Moderator: Mechanisms of Neonatal Lung Injury (2006)
  • Platform Session Moderator: Neonatal Hyperoxia & the Lung (2005)
  • Buswell Fellow (2004)
  • Second Rank - Phase II MBBS (1983)
  • Third Prize, National Level Essay Competition (LASERS - Clinical Applications) (1980)

Innovations and Patents:

  • Development of Wireless Heart Rate Monitor to help in resuscitation in resource poor settings
  • Development of growth app. for resource poor settings
  • Development of resuscitation-based algorithm for mobile devices

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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