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Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MS, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
DepartmentHealth Systems Science
Address100 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena CA 91101
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    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CABS05/2001Biological Sciences (Honors)
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CABA05/2001Social Sciences (Economics)
    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAMD05/2005Doctor of Medicine
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAInternship06/2006Pediatrics
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAResidency06/2008Pediatrics
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAChief Residency06/2009Pediatrics
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH05/2012Clinical Effectiveness
    Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program (Boston Children's Hospital), Boston, MAFellowship06/2012Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (Chief Fellow, 2011-12)
    Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MAFellowship06/2012Health Services Research
    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAMS05/2019Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations
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    2000Okin Award (Biological Sciences), University of Southern California
    2001Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Award, University of Southern California
    2001Renaissance Scholar Award, University of Southern California
    2001Laurel and Palm Honor Society (top 1% of graduating class), University of Southern California
    2001Skull and Dagger Scholarship Award, University of Southern California
    2001Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Golden Key Honor Societies, University of Southern California
    2005Associate School of Medicine Award, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
    2006Frances Nunnelly Scholar (Intern of the Year), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    2006Chief Residents’ Service Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    2006Resident of the Year, American Tamil Medical Association
    2007Medical Staff Associates’ Group Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    2011Fellow Research Development Award, Boston Children's Hospital
    2012Award of Excellence as a Chief Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital
    2013Young Investigator Award, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
    2013 - 2015Research Career Development Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    2015Barbara M. Korsch Award for Medical Education, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    2019Innovation Challenge Third Place Winner, American Hospital Association
    2020Best Apps of 2020, Fast Company 2020
    2020Mobile App Gold Award, W3 Mobile App Awards

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    Dr. Lakshmanan’s passion has been to improve infant outcomes and address health equity in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine leveraging patient centered research, process improvement methodologies, and digital technology. She has numerous publications that have examined the impact of preterm birth and NICU hospitalization on the various domains of family including quality of life, financial burden, mental health, and access to services such as early intervention programs. She also has conducted large population cohort studies that have examined resource utilization and adherence to follow-up. This work has been published in Journal of Pediatrics, JAMA Network Open, Journal of Perinatology, BMC Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, and Academic Pediatrics among others. Dr. Lakshmanan has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

    Additionally, she has held several leadership positions. She was Director of the Laboratory for Neonatal and Infant Health Outcomes at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also holds several national leadership positions such as the Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Qualitative Research Group, Chair of the Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel Education Committee and Leader in the Health Equity Taskforce for the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC). She has had numerous national speaking engagements in the area of social determinants of health, technology and innovation, preterm follow-up, and family centered care including at the Pediatric Academic Societies, CPQCC Improvement Palooza, and the Academic Pediatric Association.

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    1R01HD104772-01A1     (Parker, Margaret)Sep 1, 2022 - Aug 31, 2027
    Implementing social determinants of health screening and referral care model in the neonatal intensive care unit
    Role Description: Evaluate the implementation of SDH screening in the NICU
    Role: Co-Investigator

    1R01HD105656-01A1     (Kelley-Quon, Lorraine)Mar 1, 2022 - Feb 28, 2027
    The impact of opioids on hospitalized infants
    Role Description: Evaluate the impact of opioids on hospitalized infants
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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    1. Yieh L, Song AY, Gong CL, Shah K, Li Y, Lakshmanan A. Sociodemographic characteristics and healthcare utilization of infants with SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S. J Perinatol. 2023 Mar 31. PMID: 37002494; PMCID: PMC10064626.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Mirzaian CB, Ghadiali T, Vestal N, Song A, Vanderbilt D, Lakshmanan A. Rates of connection to early intervention from the neonatal intensive care unit in a high risk infant follow-up program. J Perinatol. 2022 10; 42(10):1412-1414. PMID: 35589971.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Lakshmanan A, Rogers EE, Lu T, Gray E, Vernon L, Briscoe H, Profit J, Jocson MAL, Hintz SR. Disparities and Early Engagement Associated with the 18- to 36-Month High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Visit among Very Low Birthweight Infants in California. J Pediatr. 2022 09; 248:30-38.e3. PMID: 35597303.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Lakshmanan A, Sunshine I, Calvetti S, Espinoza J, Santoro S, Butala S, House M, Kipke M. Designing a Mobile Health Solution to Facilitate the Transition from NICU to Home: A Qualitative Study. Children (Basel). 2022 Feb 15; 9(2). PMID: 35204980; PMCID: PMC8870191.
    5. Kelley-Quon LI, Zamora AK, Ourshalimian S, Kim E, Leventhal AM, Kaplan C, Lakshmanan A. Iatrogenic opioid withdrawal in hospitalized infants. J Perinatol. 2022 03; 42(3):399-400. PMID: 35169229; PMCID: PMC8995048.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Ju A, Sedano S, Mackin K, Koh J, Lakshmanan A, Wu S. Variation in Family Involvement on Rounds Between English-Speaking and Spanish-Speaking Families. Hosp Pediatr. 2022 02 01; 12(2):132-142. PMID: 35102378.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Lakshmanan A, Sunshine I, Escobar CM, Kipke M, Vanderbilt D, Friedlich PS, Mirzaian CB. Connecting to Early Intervention Services After Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge in a Medicaid Sample. Acad Pediatr. 2022 03; 22(2):253-262. PMID: 34757023; PMCID: PMC8901461.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Easterlin MC, Li Y, Yieh L, Gong CL, Jaffray J, Hall M, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A. Predictors of venous thromboembolism among infants in children's hospitals in the United States: a retrospective Pediatric Health Information Study. J Perinatol. 2022 Jan; 42(1):103-109. PMID: 34657144; PMCID: PMC8520347.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Lakshmanan A, Song AY, Belfort MB, Yieh L, Dukhovny D, Friedlich PS, Gong CL. The financial burden experienced by families of preterm infants after NICU discharge. J Perinatol. 2022 02; 42(2):223-230. PMID: 34561556; PMCID: PMC8460846.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Yieh L, Lee H, Lu T, Song A, Gong CL, Wu TW, Friedlich P, Lakshmanan A, Dukhovny D, Hay J. Neonates with mild hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy receiving supportive care versus therapeutic hypothermia in California. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2022 May; 107(3):324-328. PMID: 34462319.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Song A, Fenlon M, Kelley-Quon LI, Gong CL, Yieh L, Friedlich P, Chapman R, Lakshmanan A. Readmissions in neonatal ECMO survivors: a pediatric health information system database analysis. J Perinatol. 2021 07; 41(7):1777-1781. PMID: 33986473.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Fletcher KL, Contreras V, Song A, Lakshmanan A, Yieh L, Gong CL, Kelley-Quon LI, Friedlich PS, Chapman RL. The association of inborn status and resource utilization among neonates who received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Dec; 56(12):2311-2317. PMID: 33743989; PMCID: PMC8371067.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Gateau K, Song A, Vanderbilt DL, Gong C, Friedlich P, Kipke M, Lakshmanan A. Maternal post-traumatic stress and depression symptoms and outcomes after NICU discharge in a low-income sample: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jan 12; 21(1):48. PMID: 33435907; PMCID: PMC7802207.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Yeh AM, Song AY, Vanderbilt DL, Gong C, Friedlich PS, Williams R, Lakshmanan A. The association of care transitions measure-15 score and outcomes after discharge from the NICU. BMC Pediatr. 2021 01 04; 21(1):7. PMID: 33397291; PMCID: PMC7780380.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Squillaro AI, Ourshalimian S, McLaughlin CM, Lakshmanan A, Friedlich P, Gong C, Song A, Kelley-Quon LI. Postoperative Opioid Analgesia Impacts Resource Utilization in Infants Undergoing Pyloromyotomy. J Surg Res. 2020 11; 255:594-601. PMID: 32652313; PMCID: PMC7541571.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Lakshmanan A, Smith BA, Vanderbilt DL. Beyond the neonatal intensive care unit: the impact of preterm birth. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2020 10; 62(10):1117-1118. PMID: 32633827.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Gong CL, Song AY, Horak R, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A, Pruetz JD, Yieh L, Ram Kumar S, Williams RG. Impact of Confounding on Cost, Survival, and Length-of-Stay Outcomes for Neonates with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Undergoing Stage 1 Palliation Surgery. Pediatr Cardiol. 2020 Jun; 41(5):996-1011. PMID: 32337623.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Cayabyab RG, Song A, Ramanathan R, Friedlich P, Lakshmanan A. Proportion of Retinopathy of Prematurity That Was Treated across Regions in the United States. Am J Perinatol. 2021 05; 38(6):581-589. PMID: 31739361.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Lakshmanan A, Song AY, Flores-Fenlon N, Parti U, Vanderbilt DL, Friedlich PS, Williams R, Kipke M. Association of WIC Participation and Growth and Developmental Outcomes in High-Risk Infants. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020 01; 59(1):53-61. PMID: 31672064; PMCID: PMC8345225.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Squillaro A, Mahdi EM, Tran N, Lakshmanan A, Kim E, Kelley-Quon LI. Managing Procedural Pain in the Neonate Using an Opioid-sparing Approach. Clin Ther. 2019 09; 41(9):1701-1713. PMID: 31431300; PMCID: PMC6790974.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. McLaughlin C, Squillaro AI, Ourshaliman S, Song A, Lakshmanan A, Cucchiaro G, Hall M, Burke RV, Kelley-Quon LI. The Association Between Opioid Use and Outcomes in Infants Undergoing Pyloromyotomy. Clin Ther. 2019 09; 41(9):1690-1700. PMID: 31409555; PMCID: PMC7313351.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Lakshmanan A, Kubicek K, Williams R, Robles M, Vanderbilt DL, Mirzaian CB, Friedlich PS, Kipke M. Viewpoints from families for improving transition from NICU-to-home for infants with medical complexity at a safety net hospital: a qualitative study. BMC Pediatr. 2019 07 05; 19(1):223. PMID: 31277630; PMCID: PMC6610911.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Flores-Fenlon N, Song AY, Yeh A, Gateau K, Vanderbilt DL, Kipke M, Friedlich P, Lakshmanan A. Smartphones and Text Messaging are Associated With Higher Parent Quality of Life Scores and Enrollment in Early Intervention After NICU Discharge. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 07; 58(8):903-911. PMID: 31088122; PMCID: PMC8362840.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Heun-Johnson H, Seabury SA, Menchine M, Claudius I, Axeen S, Lakshmanan A. Association between maternal serious mental illness and adverse birth outcomes. J Perinatol. 2019 05; 39(5):737-745. PMID: 30850757; PMCID: PMC6503973.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Haghnazarian E, Hu J, Song AY, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A. The association of Trisomy 13 and 18 and hospital discharge outcomes among neonates in California: A retrospective cohort study. Pediatr Neonatol. 2019 12; 60(6):617-622. PMID: 30935949; PMCID: PMC7062359.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Muniraman HK, Song AY, Ramanathan R, Fletcher KL, Kibe R, Ding L, Lakshmanan A, Biniwale M. Evaluation of Oxygen Saturation Index Compared With Oxygenation Index in Neonates With Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 03 01; 2(3):e191179. PMID: 30924897; PMCID: PMC6450323.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Chavez TA, Lakshmanan A, Figueroa L, Iyer N, Stavroudis TA, Garingo A, Friedlich PS, Ramanathan R. Resource utilization patterns using non-invasive ventilation in neonates with respiratory distress syndrome. J Perinatol. 2018 07; 38(7):850-856. PMID: 29795324; PMCID: PMC8362839.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Song AY, Chen HA, Chapman R, Govindarajan A, Upperman JS, Burke RV, Stein J, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A. Utilization patterns of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in neonates in the United States 1997-2012. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Oct; 52(10):1681-1687. PMID: 28622971.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Lakshmanan A, Agni M, Lieu T, Fleegler E, Kipke M, Friedlich PS, McCormick MC, Belfort MB. The impact of preterm birth <37 weeks on parents and families: a cross-sectional study in the 2 years after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Feb 16; 15(1):38. PMID: 28209168.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. May FP, Rolston VS, Tapper EB, Lakshmanan A, Saab S, Sundaram V. The impact of race and ethnicity on mortality and healthcare utilization in alcoholic hepatitis: a cross-sectional study. BMC Gastroenterol. 2016 Oct 10; 16(1):129. PMID: 27724882; PMCID: PMC5057210.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Wei D, Osman C, Dukhovny D, Romley J, Hall M, Chin S, Ho T, Friedlich PS, Lakshmanan A. Cost consciousness among physicians in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol. 2016 11; 36(11):1014-1020. PMID: 27467561.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Sheen A, De Oliveira ER, Kim RW, Parham D, Lakshmanan A. Atrial Thrombus in a Neonate: A Diagnostic Challenge. AJP Rep. 2015 Apr; 5(1):e18-21. PMID: 26199791; PMCID: PMC4502629.
      Citations: 1     
    33. Lakshmanan A, Chiu YH, Coull BA, Just AC, Maxwell SL, Schwartz J, Gryparis A, Kloog I, Wright RJ, Wright RO. Associations between prenatal traffic-related air pollution exposure and birth weight: Modification by sex and maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index. Environ Res. 2015 02; 137:268-277. PMID: 25601728; PMCID: PMC4354711.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    34. Lakshmanan A, Leeman KT, Brodsky D, Parad R. Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows. Med Educ Online. 2014; 19:24403. PMID: 25059834; PMCID: PMC4110380.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Lakshmanan A, Santo E, McCormick MC, Belfort M. Parental preference and ability to participate in web-based developmental screening and surveillance: preliminary evidence for preterm infants after NICU discharge. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Nov; 53(13):1278-84. PMID: 25006114.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Bates SV, Lakshmanan A, Green AL, Terry J, Badalian-Very G, Rollins BJ, Fleck P, Aslam M, Degar BA. BRAF V600E-Positive Multisite Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in a Preterm Neonate. AJP Rep. 2013 Oct; 3(2):63-6. PMID: 24147236; PMCID: PMC3799712.
      Citations: 4     
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