Dr. Sandesh Shivananda is an Associate Professor in Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics and a staff neonatologist at McMaster Children's Hospital. He has completed his Masters in Health Informatics at the University of Victoria, BC. Dr. Shivananda received his Medical Degree from the University of Mysore, 1998. He was trained in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, India (1997-2003) and at the University of Toronto 2007.
Dr. Shivananda’s interest lies in knowledge translation and quality improvement. His focus has been on designing, implementation and evaluation of programs relevant to local context. So far he has obtained grants ($470,000) for programs in three domains; resuscitation and stabilization, oxygen saturation maintenance during NICU stay, and early warning signs to prevent critical events. These programs have 5-7 interventions involving adoption of evidence-based practices, interprofessional education, integration of technology and measures to ensure sustainability. These programs have resulted in elimination of inappropriate practices, improved patient safety and promotion of teamwork, thereby adding value to the organization. He is also a co-applicant and steering committee member for SCREEN ROP, a CIHR-funded, multi-centric study involving all level III NICUs in Canada. He is also the site investigator for the Canadian Neonatal Network and Evidence based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ- national collaborative initiative to improve quality in NICUs).
His areas of interest are in functional echocardiography and information and communication technologies to improve quality and continuity of care in neonatal units.