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Sunit SINGHI, India / Professor & Head

Department of Pediatrics
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Reseach (PGIMER)
• Established India’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 1992 and first DM course in Ped Critical Care
• Conducted 14 major National and International collaborative research projects funded by
World Health Organization, Indian Council of Medical Research, INCLEN and Swedish Research Foundation.
• Guided 95 M.D, and 4 Ph.D theses, and authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications.
• Helped in understanding of fluid and electrolyte balance and body water homeostasis in infectious diseases
especially bacterial meningitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia, and the development of effective antibiotic strategies
for treatment of community acquired pneumonia and meningitis in developing countries.
This changed the conventional practice of fluid restriction in meningitis.
• Work on pathogenesis of Oxytocin induced hyperbilirubinemia and link between transplacental fluid
overload and transient tachypnea of the newborn
• Established use of inhaled corticosteroids and magnesium infusion in acute severe asthma
• Current research focuses on CNS infections including biomarkers in diagnosis and prognosis
and the use of cerebral perfusion pressure targeted therapy.
• Contributed to establishment of “guidelines for management of severe sepsis” in developing countries in 2009
and ‘ ISCCM Guidelines for Management of Tropical Fevers’, 2014
• Associate Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, On Editorial Board of 10 prestigious journals,
• Authored several books including popular ones “Synopsis of Pediatric Emergency Care”
and “Basic Pediatric Intensive Care” (now in 4th edition) and contributed 60 textbook chapters. Section editor of
International text-book ‘ Roger’s Pediatric Intensive care’ and Oxford Text Book of Pediatric Intensive Care, 2015.
• Through Indian Academy of Pediatrics: as Founder National Convener of PALS Courses,
and Chairperson of the Pediatric Intensive Care Chapter of the IAP (1998-2002),
• Through Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine: as Chairperson, Pediatric Section of the Indian Society of
Critical Care (2002-2004), as a Vice president of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, headed a successful
“War Against sepsis” campaign in 2011 and as chair of the Society’s Research Committee 2012-14 contributed to
multicentre research

[Major Awards]
• Indian Council of Medical Research’s Amrut Modi Unichem Award-2010 for Research in Child Health
• National Academy of Medical sciences’ Dr K L Wig Award of - 2013 for excellence in medical education
for developing and conducting Critical Care Courses.
• National Swasth Bharat Samman 2011 for Pediatrics for excellence in medical services and contribution to
Public Health Care System of India
• Plaque of honour by Association of Intensive care Medicine (ABIM), Brazil
• Life-time achievement Award of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine 2014
• CLARIS ORATION AWARD of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2003,
• GOLD MEDAL of National Neonatology Forum 1993,
• SS MANCHANDA GOLD MEDAL of Indian Academy of Pediatrics 1976,

[Selected Publications]
1. Singhi S, Grover S, Bansal A, Chopra K. Randomised comparison of intravenous magnesium sulphate, terbutaline
and aminophylline for children with acute severe asthma. Acta Paediatr. 2014103(12):1301-6.
2. Kumar R, Singhi S, Singhi P, Jayashree M, Bansal A, Bhatti A. Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Cerebral
Perfusion Pressure-Targeted Therapy Versus Intracranial Pressure-Targeted Therapy for Raised Intracranial Pressure due to Acute CNS Infections in Children. Crit Care Med.
2014 42(8):1775-87
3. Kumar S, Singhi S, Chakrabarti A, Bansal A, Jayashree M. Probiotic use and prevalence of candidemia
and candiduria in a PICU. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 14(9):e409-15.
4. Kumar S, Bansal A, Chakrabarti A, Singhi S. Evaluation of efficacy of probiotics in prevention of
candida colonization in a PICU-a randomized controlled trial. Crit Care Med. 2013 41(2):565-72
5. Singhi SC, Baranwal AK Guruprasad, Bharti B. Potential risk of hypoxaemia in patients with severe pneumonia
but no hypoxaemia on initial assessment: a prospective pilot trial. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2012 32(1):22-6.
6. Gupta K, Gupta VK, Jayashree M, Singhi S. Randomized controlled trial of interrupted versus
continuous sedative infusions in ventilated children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 201213(2):131-5.
7. Singhi S, Jayashre M. Free water excess is not the main cause for hyponatremia in critically ill children receiving
conventional maintenance fluids. Indian Pediatr. 2009 Jul46(7):577-83.
8. Valoor HT, Singhi S, Jayashree M. Low-dose hydrocortisone in pediatric septic shock: an exploratory study in a third world setting.
Pediatr Crit Care Med. 200910(1):121-5.
9. Mehta V, Singhi P, Singhi S. Intravenous sodium valproate versus diazepam infusion for the control of
refractory status epilepticus in children: a randomized controlled trial. J Child Neurol. 2007: 22(10),1191-7.
10. Singhi S, Sharma A, Majumdar S. Body water and plasma volume in severe community-acquired pneumonia:
implications for fluid therapy. Ann Trop Paediatr. 2005 Dec25(4):243-52.
11. Upadhyay M, Singhi S, Murlidharan J, et al (2005). Randomized evaluation of fluid resuscitation with crystalloid
(saline) and colloid (polymer from degraded gelatin in saline) in pediatric septic shock. Indian Pediatr.
12. Singhi S, Murthy A, Singhi P, et al (2002). Continuous midazolam versus diazepam infusion
for refractory convulsive status epilepticus. J Child Neurol.,17(2),106-10.
13. Rajesh VT, Singhi S, Kataria S. Tachypnoea is a good predictor of hypoxia in acutely ill infants under 2 months.
Arch Dis Child. 2000 Jan82(1):46-9.
14. Devidayal, Singhi S, Kumar L, et al (1999). Efficacy of nebulized budesonide compared to oral prednisolone
in acute bronchial asthma. Acta Paediatr. 88(8),835-40.
15. Poddar U, Singhi S, Ganguli N.K., et al. 1995) Water electrolyte homeostasis in acute bronchiolitis.
Indian Pediatr. ,32(1),59-65.
16. Singhi S.C., Singhi P.D., Sriinivss B, Narakesri H.P., Ganguly N.K., Sialy R, Walia B.N. (1995). Fluid restriction
does not improve the outcome of acute meningitis. Pediatr Infect Dis.,14,495-503.
17. Kumar V, Singhi P, Singhi S. Changes in body water compartments in childrenwith acute meningitis.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1994 Apr13(4):299-305.
18. Banerjee S, Singhi SC, Singh S, et al (1994). The intraosseous route is a suitable alternative to intravenous route
for fluid resuscitation in severely dehydrated children. Indian Pediatr., 31(12),1511-20.
19. Singhi SC, Chookang E (1984) . Maternal fluid overload during labour transplacental hyponatraemia
and risk of transient neonatal tachypnoea in term infants. Arch Dis Child,59(12),1155-8.
20. Singhi S, Singh M (1979). Pathogenesis of oxytocin-induced neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia.
Arch Dis Child,54(5),400-2.