Rashmin Chandulal Savani, MD $$

Neonatologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Division Director at Children's Health

Languages Spoken:
English,

Locations

UT Southwestern Pediatric Group

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Biography

Rashmin Savani, M.B.,Ch.B., specializes in caring for babies, from fetus to five, who will require intensive care. He is the Division Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children’s HealthSM and serves as a Professor of Pediatric at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Savani received his medical degree from the University of Sheffield (England), then came to the U.S. for a residency at Duke University Medical Center. He completed  fellowships in both neonatology and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Savani spearheaded our fetal neonatal program, which includes a 47-bed Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He also helped create our FETAL Center, which provides specialized care for babies with conditions diagnosed before birth, and the Thrive program, which provides follow-up care for more than 250 new NICU graduates every year.

“The highlight of my life is getting to know these families and seeing my patients get better, go home and thrive,” Dr. Savani says.

Dr. Savani also helped create our TeleNICU program, which enables the expert neonatologists at Children’s Health to virtually examine infants in hospitals across North Texas. This helps many babies with health problems stay in hospitals close to home instead of being transferred to our facility in Dallas.

 “With TeleNICU, we can put the needs of the infant first,” Dr. Savani says. “Our principal goal is doing what’s in the best interest of the baby, and we make every decision based on that.”

 While Dr. Savani’s clinical work focuses on treating infant health issues, his research strives to prevent them. He and his colleagues have made discoveries that are helping doctors understand bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a severe lung disease that affects premature infants. Now Dr. Savani’s team is pursuing therapies that could make the disease less severe or prevent it altogether.

Dr. Savani grew up in Uganda, trained in England and worked in Canada before moving to the United States -- and he feels more at home here than anywhere else. In his free time, Dr. Savani enjoys swimming, playing with his three goldendoodles, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Sheffield (1982)
Internship
Peterborough District Hospital (1984), Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Sheffield (1983), General Surgery
Residency
Duke University School of Medicine (1987), Pediatrics
Fellowship
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine (1994), Cell and Molecular Biology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (1991), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal
  • Research Interests

    • Hyaluronan
  • Publications

    • Hormonal regulation of alveolarization: structure-function correlation., Garber SJ, Foley JP, Godinez RI, Godinez MH, Gow AJ, Savani RC Respiratory Research 2006 7/1 47
    • Loss of PECAM-1 function impairs lung alveolarization., DeLisser, Helmke, Cao, Pooler, Taichman, Fehrenbach, Zaman, Cui, Mohan, Baldwin, Davis, Savani J. Biol. Chem 2006 28/13 8724-8731
    • Surfactant Composition and Function in a Primate Model of Infant Chronic Lung Disease: Effects of Inhaled Nitric Oxide., Ballard PI, Gonazles, LW, Godinez, RI, Godinez MH, Savani RC, McCurnin DC, Gibson LL, Yoder BA, Kerecman JD, Brubb PH, Shaul PW Pediatric Research 2005 59/1 157-162
    • Alveolar Surfactant Protein D Content Modulates Bleomycin Induced Lung Injury, Casey, Kaplan, Atochina, Gow, Kadire, Tomer, Fisher, Hawgood, Savani, Beers. Am. J. Respir. Crit Care Med. 2005 172/7 869-877
    • Expression and role of the hyaluronan receptor RHAMM in Inflammation after bleomycin injury, Zaman A, Cui Z, Foley JP, Grimm PC, DeLisser HM, Savani RC Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 2005 33 447-454
  • Professional Activities

    • Member, American Pediatric Society
    • Member, American Physiological Society
    • Member, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Member, The International Society for Hyaluronan Science
  • Awards and Honors

    • Honorary Masters of Arts - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2002)
    • Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Pediatrics - American Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
    • Young Investigator Award, Basic Science - Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (1997)