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Sidharth Mahapatra MD, PhD, Councilor-at-Large
Sidharth Mahapatra MD, PhD
Sidharth Mahapatra MD, PhD

Current Position:
  • Pediatric Intensivist
  • Director for Research in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (by invitation)
  • Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center


  • Bachelor's: Knox College, Galesburg, IL
  • MD/PhD: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, North Chicago, IL
  • Residency & Fellowship: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Career Interests: Being a young member in the field of pediatric critical care, I am in the process of developing my niche. In the past, I have studied to elucidate the mechanism of heat stress responses in plants (undergraduate), to rescue neuronal apoptosis in Alzheimer's disease (PhD), and to attenuate the inflammatory process in murine sepsis (fellowship). I am currently in the process of developing my career focus in pediatric neuro-oncology and neurocritical care. To that end, I have developed a project studying medulloblastoma, the most common malignant CNS tumor of childhood, with the intent of identifying novel tumor suppressor genes and testing targeted therapeutics to ameliorate this debilitating condition. I am also an active member of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury & Sepsis Investigators (PALISI). We recently completed participation in a multi-center study on Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Incidence and Epidemiology (i.e. PARDIE) whose purpose was to evaluate how the new PALICC recommendations of mild, moderate, and severe classification of PARDS perform in discriminating ICU and hospital mortality. Taking advantage of my dual roles as a clinician and scientist, I hope these projects help me shape my career in the investigation of the inflammatory process in conditions associated with high mortality with an eventual goal of not only understanding the complex interplay between different responses but also of trying to attenuate their deleterious effects.

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