Dr. C. Aparna

MBBS, MD Pediatrics, DM Neonatology

Education (Medical):

Name of the qualification Institution / Period of study Nature of work
M.B.B.S Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai (Aug 2001-2007) Under-graduation followed by 1 year internship- worked in general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, community medicine, pediatrics and neonatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, dermatology and emergency medicine departments
M.D. Pediatrics Postgraduate Institute of medical education and research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. (Jan 2008-Dec 2010) 250 bedded tertiary care autonomous pediatric centre – trained in pediatric basic and advanced life support, intubation, mechanical ventilation, central line insertion, peritoneal dialysis, resuscitation in neonates and children
D.M. Neonatology All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi (Jan 2011-Dec 2013) Worked in a 60 bedded neonatal facility with 20 level IIIb beds – catering to extreme preterm neonates, congenital malformations, hydrops, pulmonary hypertension etc. Trained in neonatal ventilation including high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, dialysis, umbilical and peripherally inserted central line insertion, arterial lines, neonatal resuscitation, exchange transfusion etc.

Additional qualifications: NRP (Neonatal resuscitation programme) instructor, certified by
                                                         National Neonatology Forum- Sep 2014

Postgraduate Course in Pediatric Nutrition (Boston University) – Dec 2015
Scope of neonatal services: Resuscitation of preterm (≥25 weeks’ gestation) and term neonates, neonatal ventilation- invasive and non-invasive, Surfactant administration, central venous access, umbilical arterial and venous catheterization, exchange transfusion, total parenteral nutrition, peripheral arterial lines, breastfeeding support, neurodevelopmental follow up
Previous work experience:

Consultant Neonatologist Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, Chennai (February 2014- Dec 2016). The nature of her work involved 250 bedded pediatric teaching hospital with 38 bedded neonatal level III unit catering to outborn neonates –managing neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, infections, pulmonary hypertension etc. Has a running DNB programme in pediatrics and neonatology. She later joined as a Visiting Consultant, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai (Dec 2014 to Dec 2016). Currently she is a  Consultant Neonatologist at Ankura Hospital for Women and Children.
Academic Achievements:
Undergraduate career:

  1. Best Outgoing Student –2007 Passing Out Batch, Kilpauk Medical College
  2. Distinction in the university examination in the following subjects: Anatomy, biochemistry, Pathology, pharmacology, Microbiology, Otorhinolaryngology and General surgery
  3. Dr. K.P. Sarathy endowment for community medicine 2004-05
  4. Dr S Nagarajan endowment gold medal for pharmacology in 2002-4
  5. Dr G Jayaraj Aiya Nadar Gold medal in subject of pediatrics in 2005-6
  6. Balakrisnan gold medal for ophthalmology in 2004-5
  7. Thiru Nagarajan gold medal in subject of General surgery in 2005-6
  8. Gold medal in subject of anatomy 2001-2
  9. RM Veerappan Endowment – Certificate in pathology in 2002-04
  10. First certificate of merit in biochemistry 2001-02
  11. Certificate of merit in microbiology in 2003-4
  12. First certificate in the subject ENT 2004-5
  13. Secured first place in Rhythm-iq- Physiology quiz conducted in Tanjore medical college in 2001
  14. First place in anatomy inter college quiz in July 2005 in Kilpauk Medical College

Postgraduate career:                      

  1. Certificate of first order for distinction in Pediatrics, PGIMER, 2010
  2. First place in the national level neonatology quiz conducted by National Neonatology Forum in two consecutive years 2009 and 2010 at the NEOCON                                                 
  3. Third place in the national level Pediatrics quiz  conducted by Indian Academy of Pediatrics at PEDICON, Jaipur,  January 2011

D.M. Neonatology Specialization career:

Contribution to academics/ teaching:

  1. Author of online paper on “ Non Invasive ventilation in neonates” available on website http://www.newbornwhocc.org/
  2. Author of online paper on “ Prevention of Ventilator associated complications” available on website http://www.newbornwhocc.org/
  3. Preparation of podcast on “Resuscitation bag” for training doctors/ nurses in small hospitals available on http://www.newbornwhocc.org/ and http://www.youtube.com/
  4. Made a presentation on “Biology of Preterm Birth” in meeting on Research Issues in Prematurity and fetal growth in DBT, New Delhi (April 2012)
  5. Voted “Best Senior Resident” by M.D. residents for excellence in teaching activities at AIIMS, Delhi, three times between 2011-2013
  6. Prepared and dubbed audiovisual podcast on “Levels of evidence and systematic review” available online  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGFOJXuPeHs
  7. Participated in nurses teaching programme on Essential Newborn care (ENC) at AIIMS, New Delhi and residents NRP training
  8. Involved in training FMGs (foreign medical graduates) in Karol educational consultancy, Chennai
  9. Training medical graduates for postgraduate entrance examination in Koncept and ADR Plexus- PG training programmes, Chennai
  10. Online tutor involved in “ONTOP-IN” – an online neonatology teaching platform for postgraduate medical students and nurses
  11. Provider in Neonatal Emergency Simulation Team Training organized by NNF Tamil Nadu and Royal London Hospital, UK (2015)
  12. Participant of Content Development Team of “Reducing ROP by improving the quality of care in SCNUs” by Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Trust, UK, AIIMS, Delhi and PHFI
  13. Member of NNF Clinical Guideline development group

Guest Lectures

  1. Facilitator at CPAP training conference held at Dehradun, December, 2012 – Talk “Preventing CPAP- related complications”
  2. Organiser and speaker at the workshop on “Art and Science of thesis writing” conducted at Childs Trust hospital, Chennai on “Writing your paper” – 11.07.2014
  3. Talk on “Care of critically ill neonates” at “Artigennetos in Neonatal nursing- State level Nursing Conference” conducted at Venkateswara Nursing College, Thalambur on 07.11.14
  4. Talk in the Perinatology CME at Stanley Medical college, Chennai on 20.11.14 on “Antepartum fetal surveillance”
  5. Faculty at the workshop on Newborn Lab SOP and ABG at Neocon, 2014 at Patna Medical College, Patna
  6. Organiser and speaker at the workshop on “Critical appraisal of studies- made easy” conducted at Childs Trust hospital, Chennai on 19.12.2014
  7. Speaker at Nursing CME on Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital on Feeding and Nutrition on 17.09.14
  8. NRP instructor at NRP Advanced Provider Course at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 19-12-14
  9. Speaker at a debate on “PDA- To treat or not to treat?” conducted at a meeting of Neonatal Research Group, Chennai
  10. Faculty at training SNCU medical officers in use of “Standard treatment protocols” in mobile apps conducted at Institute of Child Health, Chennai
  11. NRP instructor at NRP Advanced Provider Course for Nurses at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 01-02-15
  12. NRP instructor at NRP Advanced Provider Course for doctors at KKCTH, Chennai on 22-02-15
  13. NRP instructor at Newborn resuscitation Course for nurses of M.A. Chidambaram College of Nursing at VHS (Voluntary Health Services), Adyar, Chennai on 13-02-15
  14. Spoke on “What the neonatologist wants to know in functional echocardiography?” in the Echocardiography workshop organized by Fortis Malar on 22-03-2015
  15. Faculty at the NNF- Evidence Based Medicine Workshop in KMC Hospital, Chennai on 28-03-15
  16. NRP instructor at NRP Advanced Provider Course for nurses at KKCTH, Chennai on 19-04-15
  17. Speaker at CME on “Preventive aspects of Pediatric Nutrition” organized by Nestle Nutrition Institute at Cochin on 26-04-2015
  18. Speaker at 8th National IAP- IJPP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics- Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics) Conference on :Feeding in Low birth weight babies” on 14.06.2015
  19. Speaker at “Interactive session on Low Birth weight Feeding” at Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai on 26.06.2015
  20. Faculty at VIth Ventilation Workshop on Pediatric and Neonatal ventilation held at SRMC, Porur on 11.07.15
  21. Speaker at “MCQs in Neonatology” conducted by Mylapore Pediatric Forum on 26.07.15
  22. Guest speaker at SRM Medical College Breastfeeding Awareness Week on the topic – “Breastfeeding and work- Let’s make it work” on 03.08.2015
  23. Guest lecture on “Growth Monitoring in Preterm Infants” in the Nestle Nutrition Institute’s symposium on Nutrition- First 1000 days of Life on 12-09-2015 at Hotel Hyatt, Chennai.
  24. Guest lecture on “Intergrowth versus Fenton’s Charts- Which is the best way to monitor growth?” at Nestle’s Nutrition Expert Education Program (NEEP) at Colombo on 19-09-2015
  25. Panelist at Perinatal CME programme conducted by Cloudnine Hospital on “Common Neonatal Problems”
  26. Faculty at South Neocon Workshop on “Setting up a NICU” at Institute of Child Health, Chennai on 02-10-2015
  27. Guest speaker at South Neocon Conference conducted at Chennai – October 3-4, 2015 on “Evidence based management of an extreme preterm neonate”
  28. Guest speaker at CME on “Perinatal Asphyxia- everything you need to know” at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 29-11-2015
  29. Faculty at Ventilation Workshop organised at AIIMS, New Delhi on Dec 1-4, 2015
  30. Guest lecture on “Optimal quality of protein in infant formula” at JR Residency, Madurai on 06-12-2015
  31. Guest lecture on “Nutrition in preterm infants-Questions and Answers” at Hotel President, Chennai on 29-01-2016
  32. Faculty at Workshop on Essential Newborn Care for nurses at Saveetha Medical College, Chennai on 29-01-2016
  33. Guest lecture on “Growth Monitoring in Preterm Infants” in the convocation of Post Graduate Program on Pediatric Nutrition by Nestle Nutrition Institute and Boston University at Chennai on 31-01-2016 at Hotel Hyatt
  34. NRP instructor at NRP Advanced Provider Course for nurses at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 20-02-16
  35. NRP instructor at Advanced Provider Course for doctors at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 21-02-16
  36. Guest speaker at the upcoming CME on “Total Parenteral Nutrition- everything you need to know” at Mehta Hospital, Chennai on 06-03-2016
  37. Faculty at Intensive teaching and CME organized by CHILDS Trust Hospital, April 29-May 1, 2016
  38. Faculty at South Pedicon, 2016 at Chennai in a panel discussion on “Not enough milk in NICU” and workshop on Antibiotic stewardship (August 11, 12, 2016)
  39. Faculty at VIIth Ventilation Workshop on Pediatric and Neonatal ventilation held at SRMC, Porur on 26.08.16 and 27.08.16
  40. Faculty in CME on neonatal neurology conducted at Cloudnine hospital, Chennai on 11.09.2016
  41. Talk on “Antibiotic choices for neonatal infections- Demystified” for Mylapore Pediatric Forum at GRT Grand, Chennai on 29.09.16
  42. Faculty at workshop on “Art of Scientific Writing” at 4th National Conference of Pediatric Education, Belgaum on 22.10.2016

Contribution to chapters in books

  1. Author of chapter on “ Non Invasive ventilation in neonates” in the book “ Workbook on CPAP- Science, Evidence and Practice – Learner’s guide”, 2nd edition (2011)
  2. Co-author of chapter on “Neonatal mortality and morbidities” in IAP PG textbook of Pediatrics, 2015
  3. Contributed to the “Protocols in Neonatology” by Dr Ramesh Agarwal, CBS Publishers; 2014
  4. Prepared chapter on “Neonatal neurological examination” in Souvenir book of Childs Trust hospital, Chennai May 2014
  5. Author of chapter on pediatrics in “Koncpt- 20 authors” supplement, 2014 for Tamil Nadu entrance exam preparation
  6. Author of chapter on pediatrics in “Koncpt-  TNPG entrance examination textbook – 20 authors, 2015 for Tamil Nadu entrance exam preparation
  7. Reviewed WHO’s Pocket Book On Maternal Care
  8. Contributed to “Antibiotic Protocols of Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital” released on the XXIVth Dr.M.S.Ramakrishnan Memorial Endowment Oration
  9. Wrote a chapter on “E-learning” in “Advances in Neonatology- Current status and Challenges in Research in India and US” edited by Dharmapuri Vidyasagar and Ashok.K.Deorari
  10. Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ. Neonatal mortality- Current status and Way Forward. In: Gupta P, Khan AM; editors. Textbook of Community Medicine. 1st ed. New Delhi: CBS Publishers and Distributors; 2016
  11. Chandrasekaran A. Vitamin K in Newborn. In:Thakre R, Murki S; editors. IAP – Neo Chapter Protocols in Neonatology. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2016
  12. Chandrasekaran A. Impact of TORCH infections on the neonate. IAP- Neo Chapter Bulletin. Neonatal Infections- What’s next? January-March, Volume IX, Issue-1; 2016
  13. “An approach to a neonate with cholestasis”- Article published in Kauvery Hospital IMA Newsletter 2016:Volume 3, Issue 2.
  14. Chapter on “Nasogastric and nasojejunal feeding” in IJP handbook on Neonatology for practitioners

Research experience:  

  1. Performed a randomized controlled trial to compare Ampicillin –gentamicin and ceftriaxone-sulbactam in children with community acquired pneumonia as part of M.D. thesis, PGIMER
  2. Conducted a randomized trial comparing the efficacy and safety of nasal masks versus nasal prongs in delivering CPAP in preterm neonates, DM thesis, AIIMS
  3. Conducted a prospective observational study evaluating the effect of a hemodynamically significant PDA on perfusion index in preterm neonates, DM thesis , AIIMS
  4. Conducted a systematic review evaluating the efficacy of umbilical cord applications of chlorhexidine in neonatal mortality and omphalitis at AIIMS
  5. Conducted systematic reviews on day wise and cause specific mortality in newborns, epidemiology of vitamin K deficiency bleeding and role of vitamin K in newborns and efficacy as well as safety of CPAP in low middle income countries
  6. Conducted a survey among neonatologists and pediatric cardiologists on practices in managing PDA in preterm neonates
  7. Reviewer in Indian journal of Pediatrics


  • Best Outgoing student” award from Kilpauk Medical college for the outgoing batch of 2007  
  1. Second place in the V. Balagopal Raju endowment award for research in child health at the 48th PEDICON conference in Jaipur for the above paper
  2. Dr. S.S. Manchanda Award for Best Research Paper in Neonatology at PEDICON 2014 for :Evaluation of perfusion index in preterm neonates with patent ductus arteriosus”
  3. Shortlisted for “Young Investigator Award” at APCCS, New Delhi March 2014.
  4. Certificate of First order for Merit during MD Pediatrics (2008-2010) at PGIMER, Chandigarh


  1. Kumar AS, Chandrasekaran A, Asokan R, Gopinathan K. Prognostic value of Resistive Index in neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy – A Prospective Observational study. Indian Pediatr. 2016 Nov 5. pii: S097475591600019. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Chandrasekaran A, Subburaju N, Mustafa M, Putlibai S. Clinical Profile And Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern Of Neonatal Sepsis Due To Burkholderia  Cepacia Complex. Indian Pediatr. 2016 Nov 5. pii: S097475591600027. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Vitamin K prophylaxis for prevention of vitamin K deficiency bleeding: a systematic review. Sankar MJ, Chandrasekaran A, Kumar P, Thukral A, Agarwal R, Paul VK. J Perinatol. 2016 May;36 Suppl 1:S29-35. doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.30
  4. Efficacy and safety of CPAP in low- and middle-income countries. Thukral A, Sankar MJ, Chandrasekaran A, Agarwal R, Paul VK. J Perinatol. 2016 May; 36 Suppl 1:S21-8. doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.29
  5. Umbilical cord cleansing with chlorhexidine in neonates: a systematic review. Sankar MJ, Chandrasekaran A, Ravindranath A, Agarwal R, Paul VK. J Perinatol. 2016 May;36 Suppl 1:S12-20. doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.28
  6. When do newborns die? A systematic review of timing of overall and cause-specific neonatal deaths in developing countries. Sankar MJ, Natarajan CK, Das RR, Agarwal R, Chandrasekaran A, Paul VK. J Perinatol. 2016 May;36 Suppl 1:S1-S11. doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.27
  7. Topical umbilical cord care. Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ, Agarwal R, Paul VK. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jul;32(7):801
  8. E learning in newborn health- A paradigm shift for continuing professional development for doctors and nurses. Chandrasekaran A, Thukral A, Deorari AK. Indian J Pediatr. 2014 Mar 7. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Non-invasive ventilation in newborns. Chandrasekaran A, Deorari AK. Journal of Neonatology. 2013 Mar;27(1):36-8
  10. Early onset sepsis- What is new? Chandrasekaran A.Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics. 2014 Oct;16(3):277-83
  11. Prevention of Ventilator associated complications. Chandrasekaran A, Deorari AK. Journal of Neonatology 2014 Dec; 28(4):58-65
  12. Feeding of Low Birth Weight Neonates – Evidence Based Recommendations. Chandrasekaran A. Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics. 2016;18(1): 14
  13. A survey among neonatologists on the management of patent ductus arteriosus. Chandrasekaran A. Indian J Pediatr. 2016 Dec 21. Doi: 10.1007/s12098-016-2274-0 [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Nasal Masks or Binasal Prongs for Delivering Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Preterm Neonates – A Randomized Trial. Chandrasekaran A, Thukral A, Sankar MJ, Agarwal R, Paul VK, Deorari AK. Eur J Pediatr. 2017

Professional Memberships:

  1. Associate life member of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – A/2010/A-239
  2. Life member, national Neonatology Forum- DEL/L-4641                                   

Conferences/ presentations:


  1. Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ, Rabindranath A, Agarwal R, Paul VK. Umbilical Cord Cleansing with Chlorhexidine in Neonates – A Systematic Review. In: Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting 2013, Washington, US (May 4-7, 2013)
  2. Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ, Saxena A, Agarwal R, Paul VK, Deorari AK, Sachdeva A. Perfusion index in preterm infants- Natural tend and association with hemodynamically significant PDA. In: the 5th Congress of Asia Pacific Pediatric cardiac society, New Delhi, 2014 (March 6-9, 2014) in Young Investigator Award category
  3. Chandrasekaran A, Sachdeva A, Sankar MJ, Agarwal R , Deorari AK, Paul VK. Nasal Mask Versus Nasal Prongs In The Delivery Of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure In Preterm Infants – An Open Label  Randomized Controlled Trial. In: Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting 2014, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (May 3-6, 2014) – Poster
  4. Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ, Saxena A, Agarwal R, Paul VK, Deorari AK, Sachdeva A. Perfusion index in preterm infants- Natural tend and association with hemodynamically significant PDA. In: Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting 2014, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (May 3-6, 2014)- Poster symposium


  1. Thukral A, Thakkar A, Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ, Agarwal R, Paul VK, Deorari AK “Ex-Utero Intrapartum treatment for CHAOS”. In: NEOCON, 2011, Chennai
  2. Dr.S.S.Manchanda Award – Chandrasekaran A, Sankar MJ. Evaluation of perfusion index in preterm infants with patent ductus arteriosus. In: PEDICON, Indore – January, 2014
  3. Presented the paper on “Efficacy and safety of ampicillin-gentamicin versus ceftriaxone in community acquired pneumonia in children” at  48th PEDICON in January 2011 at Jaipur
  4. Chandrasekaran A. How do we manage Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in 2014? – A survey among Neonatologists in India. In: NEOCON, December 2014, Patna (Poster Plenary session)
  5. Chandrasekaran A, Krishnamurthy S. Microbiological Profile of Bacterial infections in an Extramural Tertiary Care Neonatal unit.In: NEOCON, 2014 at Patna
  6. Chandrasekaran A, Ramachandrappa S. Risk Factors for mortality among extramural neonates with culture positive sepsis. In: NEOCON, 2016 at Indore (Poster)
  7. Vijayakumar V, Chandrasekaran A, Ramachandrappa S. Predictors of mortality in term and late preterm neonates with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) in a tertiary care Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In: NEOCON, 2016 at Indore (oral)

Organizational abilities/ Official Posts:

  1.    Member, Scientific Committee, South Neocon, Chennai, 2015

Conferences attended:

  1. Completed basic pediatric intensive care (BPIC) course held at PGIMER in                                                   February 2009
  2. Delegate at Joint Symposium on Pediatric neurology held in Command hospital in March 2008
  3. Completed Neonatal resuscitation Programme at PGIMER – March 2008
  4. Participated in the thesis writing workshop held in PGIMER in April 2009
  5. Participated the first Asian Congress of pediatric intensive care – Intensive                                                  care in limited resources held in PGIMER in September 2009
  6. Participated in the 11th National conference of pediatric cardiology congress of India in October 2009
  7. Participated in the symposium on evidence based management of diarrhoea on 24th July 2010
  8. Participated in the workshop on epilepsy and EEG in April 2009 in PGIMER
  9. Participated in the 14th annual conference of IAP Chandigarh held in                                                  January 2010- Child health- today, tomorrow and always
  10. Participated in Current Perspectives of Rheumatology organized by Department of Medicine, PGIMER in March 2010
  11. Completed the Pediatric advanced life support course held in march 2009
  12. Participated in the National pediatric neurology Conference held in PGIMER in October 2009
  13. Participated IPOKRates seminar on Recent advances in Neonatology held in Bangalore, October, 2013   
  14. Perinatology CME programme at MMM hospital, Chennai, March 2014
  15. NEOFEST – Neonatology CME, Institute of Child Health, Egmore, Chennai
  16. Delegate at CME on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities – Karthikeyan Child Development Unit and ICH-RI, Egmore on 30-01-2016
  17. Pediatric Update by Apollo Children’s Hospital on 25.09.2016
  18. 4th National Conference of Pediatric Education, Belgaum on 22.10.2016 and 23.10.2016


Other interests:    

  1. Winner in the finals of “Saptha Swarangal” – popular South Indian television show on                        SUN T.V. – 2011
  2. Released a Carnatic devotional album – “ Shakthi Murugan Arul”- containing 12 devotional songs in 2000
  3. Rendered a play back song in tamil movie “ Vishwatulasi” under the music direction of Ilayaraja- M.S. Vishwanathan
  4. Conferred the title “Sangeeta Bhaskara” by Gnanaskandan Trust for excellence in classical music – 1997