Vineet Bhandari, MD, DM, FAAP
Cooper University Health Care Titles
- Division Head, Neonatology
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles
- Professor of Pediatrics
- Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Professor of Biomedical Sciences
- American Board of Pediatrics (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)
Cooper University Physician
What was your first job?
My first paid job was as a House Officer (this was after I finished my medical school internship) in the Department of Pediatric Surgery (first six months) and Pediatrics (next six months) at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Tell us something about you that people wouldn't expect.
I have been practicing yoga every day since 1975, and I teach it, too.
What inspired you to become a neonatology specialist?
My first pediatric rotation in the normal newborn nursery in the third year of my medical school (AFMC, Pune, India) fascinated me. The fact that babies communicate their health or sickness status in such subtle ways appealed to me. Taking care of sick babies in the NICU was considered a challenging task, and that further gravitated me to this sub-specialty. This attraction was cemented by the fact that, in the NICU, diagnosis and intervention had to be done sometimes in seconds. When done appropriately, taking care of sick babies is so rewarding – nothing can match the feeling of discharging a healthy baby home to the parents, for hopefully, a long life.
What is your essential patient care philosophy?
Anticipation and Observation – are my two tenets of providing care to the babies in the NICU. They are inter-dependent, as close observation (supported by good history taking, physical examination, and focused investigations) allows me to anticipate potential problems/complications, and prevent/manage them appropriately in a timely manner. The third major component of my care philosophy is the team (consisting of everyone in the NICU from nurses, nurse practitioners, residents and fellows, medical and surgical specialists, to the folks at the front desk, janitorial staff, and the parents) approach that is critical for good outcomes in the NICU.
Why should a parent choose to come to you/Cooper for their baby’s care?
We have a Level III academic (teaching) NICU, as part of the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper/Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Our personnel have the requisite level of expertise and experience to take care of the sickest newborns in the southern New Jersey area. In addition, we are extremely well supported by access to pediatric medical and surgical specialists to provide the best care for the best outcomes for our babies. My personal expertise is in managing lung diseases in the babies in the NICU.
What do you hope your patients say about you to their family and friends?
I hope the parents of my patients are able to see and say how much I love babies! Most importantly, that they felt that their baby got the best care, as expected, and they were always well-informed and enjoyed being part of their baby’s care team at Cooper NICU.
What three words best describe you?
Patient. Persistent. Precise.
Outside of your family and your work, what are your passions?
I love to read books, listen to music and dance, and travel.
Education & Training
|Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharasthra, India
|Pediatrics - Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India
|Pediatrics - Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
|Pediatrics - University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
|Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine - Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
|Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine - University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, neonatal sepsis
- American Pediatric Society
- Society for Pediatric Research
- American Thoracic Society
Awards and Honors
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
- SJ Magazine "Top Docs for Kids" - 2021, 2023
Das P, Curstedt T, Agarwal B, Prahaladan VM, Ramirez J, Bhandari S, Syed MA, Salomone F, Casiraghi C, Pelizzi N, Bhandari V. Small Molecule Inhibitor Adjuvant Surfactant Therapy Attenuates Ventilator- and Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury in Preterm Rabbits. Front Physiol. 2020 Apr 9;11:266. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00266. eCollection 2020.
Gilfillan M, Das P, Shah D, Alam MA, Bhandari V. Inhibition of microRNA-451 is associated with increased expression of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor and mitigation of the cardio-pulmonary phenotype in a murine model of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Respir Res. 2020 Apr 22;21(1):92. doi: 10.1186/s12931-020-01353-9.
Alam MA, Betal SGN, Aghai ZH, Bhandari V. Hyperoxia causes miR199a-5p-mediated injury in the developing lung. Pediatr Res. 2019 Nov;86(5):579-588. doi: 10.1038/s41390-019-0524-3. Epub 2019 Aug 8.
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