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Vineet Bhandari

Vineet Bhandari, MD


Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics


  • St. Columba's School, New Delhi (1981)
  • Armed Forced Medical College, Pune (1985)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Neonatology representative, Pediatric Academic Societies Program Committee
  • Society for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Perinatal Research Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • National Neonatology Forum (India)
  • Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Vineet Bhandari, MD, DM, is the section chief of neonatal-perinatal medicine at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He is board certified in pediatrics with subspecialty certification in neonatal/perinatal medicine. He has a clinical interest in bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), noninvasive ventilation and sepsis in neonates.

Prior to coming to St. Chris, Dr. Bhandari was an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital and director of the perinatal research program.

Clinical Services

Neonatal care, Neonatal-perinatal medicine

Affiliated Hospitals

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


  • Neonatology - Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (1992)
  • Neonatology - UConn School of Medicine (1996)


  • Pediatrics - Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (1989)


  • Rotating Internship - Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi (1986)
  • Housemanship in Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics (1987)

Vineet Bhandari, MD, DM, is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. He advises several postdoctoral fellows at Drexel. He previously served as an associate professor of pediatrics and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.


Dr. Bhandari has been awarded three patents, with a fourth pending. He is the principal investigator of two grant-supported projects: "Surfactant-Enhanced Delivery of Silencing Ribonucleic Acid to Prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia" and "Surfactant-enhanced delivery of silencing RNA (siRNA) in neonatal mouse models of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)." He is a co-PI for a Clinical and Translational Institute Research Grant investigating chloride intracellular channel (CLIC) proteins in pulmonary hypertension and their potential role as diagnostic biomarkers, and co-investigator for an NIH/NHLBI-supported study of quantitative optical imaging of cilia-driven fluid flow.

Dr. Bhandari is associate editor of the Internet Journal of Medical Update, BMC Pediatrics and Frontiers in Pediatrics. He is on the editorial board of Pediatric Research and Journal of Perinatology. He has also served as guest editor, managing editor and contributing editor of several other publications. He is a manuscript reviewer for almost 100 research publications and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books.

In the Media



Manual of Neonatology
Ed: Bhandari, V. Peepee Publishers and Distributors (P) Ltd. New Delhi, India (ISBN: 8445-048-6), 2008, second printing in 2013

Recent Book Chapters

"Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia"
Bhandari V, Bhandari A
In The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 7th edition, Cabana MD, editor-in-chief; Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott William & Wilkins), pp: 138-139, 2015

"The Genetics of Disorders Affecting the Premature Newborn"
Prosnitz A, Gruen JR, Bhandari V
In: Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 6th edition, Rimoin DL, Connor JM, Pyeritz RE, Korf BR, eds. Elsevier; Chapter 41. pp:1-22, 2013

"Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia/Chronic Lung Disease"
Bhandari V
In: Neonatology. A Practical Approach to Neonatal Diseases, Buonocore, G, Bracci, R, Weindling, M, eds. Springer-Verlag, New York; pp: 469-483, 2012

"Nasal Ventilation: An Update"
Bhandari V
In: Proceedings of RESPICON 2012 (XXIV National Conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics Respiratory Chapter). Chandika Press Pvt. Ltd.; pp: 38-44, 2012

Recent Original Articles

"Hyperoxia Causes miR-34a-mediated Injury via Angiopoietin-1 in Neonatal Lungs"
Syed M, Das P, Pawar A, Aghai ZH, Kaskinen A, Zhuang ZW, Ambalavanan N, Pryhuber G, Andersson S, Bhandari V
Nature Communications 8, article no. 1173, (online) October 27, 2017

"The role of surfactant therapy in non-respiratory distress syndrome conditions in neonates"
Keiser A, Bhandari V
Am J Perinatol [Epub ahead of print], July 15, 2015

"Biomarkers in neonatology: The new "omics" of bronchopulmonary dysplasia"
Piersigilli F, Bhandari V
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med [Epub ahead of print], July 2, 2015

"Comparison of non-synchronized nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation versus nasal continuous positive airway pressure as post-extubation respiratory support in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome: A randomized controlled trial"
Jasani B, Nanavati R, Kabra N, Rajdeo S, Bhandari V
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med [Epub ahead of print], July 2, 2015

Gisslen T, Ennis K, Bhandari V, Rao R. Recurrent hypoinsulinemic hyperglycemia in neonatal rats increases PARP-1 and NF-κB expression and leads to microglial activation in the cerebral cortex. Pediatr Res 2015 July 22 [Epub ahead of print].

"Stem cell therapy in neonatal diseases"
Gheorghe C, Bhandari V
Indian J Pediatr; 82:637-641, 2015

"The neonatal gut microbiome: a brief review"
Gritz EG, Bhandari V
Front Pediatr; 3:17, 2015

"Does chronic oxygen dependency in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia at NICU discharge predict respiratory outcomes at 3 years of age?"
Lodha A, Ediger K, Rabi Y, Lodha S, Tang S, Bhandari A, Sauve R, Bhandari V
J Perinatol; 35:530-536, 2015

"Conditional overexpression of TGFβ1 promotes pulmonary inflammation, apoptosis, and mortality via TGFβR2 in the developing mouse lung"
Sureshbabu A, Syed MA, Boddupalli CS, Dhodapkar MV, Homer RJ, Minoo P, Bhandari V
Respir Res; 16:4, 2015

"Systematic use of the RAM nasal cannula use in the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit: A quality improvement project"
Nzegwu N, Mack T, DellaVentura R, Dunphy L, Koval N, Levit O, Bhandari V
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med; 28:718-721, 2015

"PaCO2 in surfactant, positive pressure, and oxygenation randomized trial (SUPPORT)"
Ambalavanan N, Carlo WA, Wrage LA, Das A, Laughon M, Cotton CM, Kennedy KA, Laptook AR, Shankaran S, Walsh MC, Higgins RD; SUPPORT Study Group of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (Yale Site Study PI: Bhandari V)
Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed; 100:F145-F149, 2015


Dr. Bhandari has been invited international faculty at numerous pediatrics and neonatology conferences, most recently the 5th Shanghai Neonatal Forum and the 10th Hot Topics in Neonatal Medicine Conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He chaired a topic symposium and facilitated a poster session at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in San Diego, where he also presented two talks about bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Recent Abstracts

"A pilot study of transcriptomics in congenital diaphragmatic hernia"
Piersigilli F, Syed M, Auriti C, Bagolan P, Bhandari V
Platform, 2015 International Congenital Diaphragmatic Workshop: From patient to bench to bedside to the future, September 14-15, 2015

"Mesenchymal stem cells improve alveolarization in experimental bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) via a paracrine mechanism"
Gheorghe CP, Syed M, Müller M, Williams J, Surbek D, Copel JA, Niklason L, Paidas M, Bhandari V
Platform, ATS May 15-20, 2015

"Role of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) isoforms in vascular and alveolar development and lung injury in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) overexpressing neonatal mice lungs"
Syed MA, Homer RJ, Bhandari V
Poster symposium, ATS May 15-20, 2015

"Ciliary defects as modifiers of respiratory disease severity in premature infants"
Choma M, Huang B, Gamm U, Syed M, Khokha M, Bhandari V
Platform, PAS, Presidential Plenary: March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Symposium, April 25-28, 2015

"Chorioamnionitis and neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia"
Bashir RA, Bhandari V, Vayalthrikkovil S, Rabi Y, Soraisham AS, Tang S, Al Awad E, Lodha A
Poster, PAS, April 25-28, 2015

"Impact of maternal factors on circulating cord/peripheral blood cytokines and stem cells (SC) in preterm infants (PT)"
Mercer JS, Bhandari V, Erickson-Owens DA, Vohr BR, Tucker R, Oh W, Padbury JF
Poster, PAS, April 25-28, 2015

"Mesenchymal stem cells conditioned media improves alveolarization in experimental bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)"
Gheorghe CP, Syed M, Müller M, Williams J, Surbek D, Copel JA, Niklason L, Paidas M, Bhandari V
Poster, SMFM Feb 2-7, 2015

Recent Invited Presentations

"Novel approaches to utilizing maternal risk factors in the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis"
Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., July 28, 2015

"The Principles and Practice of NIPPV in Neonates"
Department of Respiratory and Pulmonary Services, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pa., May 27, 2015

"Introduction/Lung developmental-stage appropriate modeling of BPD"
"Transgenic mouse models of BPD"
Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif., April 26, 2015

"Prevention and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia"
The 5th Shanghai Neonatal Forum, Shanghai, China, April 11, 2015

"Apnea of prematurity: physiology and treatment"
"Room air or oxygen in the delivery room?"
"Non-invasive ventilation in neonates"
"Prevention and treatment of early-onset neonatal sepsis"
10th Hot Topics in Neonatal Medicine Conference, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, February 3, 2015

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.

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