Doctors

Dr. Sajith Kesavan


Designation :
Senior Consultant and Head
Department :
Paediatric Pulmonary and Critical Care
Email :
sajithkesavan@aims.amrita.edu
Qualification :
MD, DCH, DNB (Pediatrics), FNB (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine), MRCPCH (UK), Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care (University of Toronto), Fellowship in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine – University of Alberta, Canada (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada subspecialist affiliate)

Dr. Sajith Kesavan completed his MBBS in 2003 and MD (Paediatrics) and DCH from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 2008. He completed the Fellowship of National Board in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS TRUST Hospital, Chennai in 2011. After working for a brief period as Consultant Paediatric intensivist at Global Hospital, Chennai; he went to the world renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London for advanced training in paediatric critical care transport, paediatric cardiac intensive care and ECMO. He finished his 3 year critical care fellowship at GOSH, London in 2014 and moved to hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids), Toronto in 2015 for another fellowship in paediatric critical care at University of Toronto.

After a year as chief fellow in Sickkids Toronto, he returned to India in 2016 and worked as senior consultant and faculty for paediatric critical care fellowship program PICU of Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS TRUST Hospital for 2 ½ years until June 2018.

He went back to Edmonton, Canada in 2018 to pursue a 2 year fellowship in paediatric res-piratory medicine at Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, and University of Alberta. During this fellowship he gained further skills in paediatric bronchoscopy, interpretation of paediatric pulmonary function tests and management of paediatric respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, complex asthma, aspiration related lung disease, childhood interstitial lung diseases, sleep disordered breathing disorders and management of paediatric lung transplant. He also became a subspecialty affiliate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. He has returned to his native state in 2020 to start a new department of Paediatric Pulmonary and Critical Care at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

Expertise and diseases treated:

  • Complex asthma in children and adolescents
  • Recurrent respiratory infections in children
  • Non responding pneumonia in children
  • Chronic cough in children
  • Evaluation of wheezing in children
  • Paediatric bronchoscopy
  • Paediatric lung function test
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sleep disordered breathing disorders
  • Congenital lung malformations
  • Lung disease of prematurity
  • Interstitial lung disease in children
  • Aspiration related lung disease in children
  • Breathing disorders in children with heart disease, neurological or neuromuscular disease, genetic disease, metabolic disease and children with cancer
  • Tracheostomy and long term ventilation
  • Children needing PICU

Education and Professional Experience:

  • July 2018-June 2020- Clinical fellow in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, University of Alberta, Canada
  • January 2016 to May 2018 Senior consultant PICU at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, Chennai-2 Years, 6 months
  • January 2015 to December 2015: Clinical fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Sickkids, Toronto-1 Year
  • July 2014 to December 2014: Consultant PICU at Aster Medcity, Kochi-6 months
  • September 2011 - June 2014: Clinical fellow PICU and CICU at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London- 2 years 9 months
  • March 2011-September 2011: Pediatric intensivist, Global Hospital Chennai liver ICU- 6 months
  • Feb 2009-Feb 2011: National board fellow PICU at KKCTH Chennai- 2 Years
  • May 2005 to May 2008: MD Resident in Pediatrics at SAT Hospital, Government Medical college, Trivandrum, Kerala University
  • 1997-2004 – MBBS , Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala University

Publications

  • Neuromelioidosis Masquerading as Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis. Ekka AS, Mohiddeen M, Kesavan S. Indian Pediatr. 2017
  • Humidified High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy in Children- A narrative review, Sajith Kesavan; et al, Chennai, Indian. Journal of Pediatric critical care. Oct-Dec 2016.
  • Kesavan, S. and Amirav, I. (2019), Is aerosol delivery by high‐flow nasal cannula in children an effective alternative to face mask aerosol nebulization?. Pediatr Pulmonol, 54: 1873-1874. doi:10.1002/ppul.24480

Professional Interest:

  • Paediatric critical care
  • Point of care ultrasound in children
  • Paediatric flexible bronchoscopy
  • Paediatric lung function test
  • Paediatric sleep related breathing disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Complex asthma

Professional Memberships:

  • Indian Association of Paediatrics, Intensive Care Chapter
  • MRCPCH(UK)
  • Canadian thoracic society

Workshops and Seminars Organized:

  • Organised Advanced National Paediatric Mechanical ventilation workshop at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS trust Hospital, Chennai in 2017 as part of National CME on Paediatric Critical Care