Vasanth Kumar

Vasanth H. Kumar

Vasanth H. Kumar MD

UBMD Pediatrics


Cell Cycle; Cell growth, differentiation and development; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Hospital-based provider only

Professional Summary:

As a neonatologist working in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), I care for the sickest and most premature infants. At the Oishei Children’s Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, I collaborate with fellows, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, nurses — and other health care professionals involved in the care of infants in the NICU — to help these fragile infants overcome severe challenges to grow and thrive.

My research is focused on improving the quality of life of newborns. My studies in the area of resuscitation and pulmonary hypertension are nationally recognized. I operate one of the few centers in the country that includes a newborn lamb model with which to conduct research in the areas of resuscitation, delayed cord clamping and asphyxia. I have done extensive study in hypertension in term and premature neonates, resuscitation (relating to heart rate and oxygen exposure) and long-term effects of hyperoxia and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. My upbringing in India has given me a deep appreciation for global health issues relating to maternal and child health. That has spurred me to try to develop low-cost technologies to improve neonatal and child health in developing countries, with an emphasis on resuscitation and birth asphyxia.

I mentor fellows and help them learn the skills and techniques they need to be successful neonatologists, either in an academic setting or in private practice. I utilize the flipped classroom, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom. I provide fellows with the freedom and independence to succeed by offering opportunities to learn and practice technical skills and by guiding fellows’ growth with timely feedback. I have more than 50 publications to my credit, and I make it my business to help fellows get their own research published. My guidance helps fellows give successful presentations at regional and national conferences. In fact, my trainees have received multiple awards for their research presentations at the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research meetings over the years. I am committed to my fellows’ success as the next generation of compassionate, competent neonatologists.


Cell Cycle, Cell growth, differentiation and development, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatrics

Physician Gender:


Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Oishei Children‘s Hospital

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Certification, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Education and Training:

  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1998)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1997)
  • Fellowship, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1996)
  • MD, Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (1989)
  • Internship, Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karnatak Medical College (1985)
  • Medicine/Surgery, Karnatak Medical College (1984)

Awards and Honors:

  • NRI Welfare Society of India (UK Chapter): Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman (2018)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting: Chair of the State-of-the-Art Plenary Session "Oxygen Saturation Targets in Premature Neonates: The Dilemma and the Debate" (2012)
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Conference: Young Investigator Award Finalist (2012)
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): University at Buffalo GME Outstanding Accreditation Award for 5-Year Accreditation of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program (2011)
  • Consumers Research Council of America: One of the Top Pediatricians in the USA (2007)
  • Karnatak University: 2nd Rank in Phase II of Medical School (1983)
  • Who's Who in North America (2009-2010)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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