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Dr. Lakshmi Raman’s interest is in brain injury and the care of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) patients. She has concentrated her lab interest in the effect of chronic hypoxia on the brain to her clinical expertise in critical care medicine.

As the Medical Director of the ECMO program and the ICU liaison for trauma patients at Children’s Health, she has focused her interest in the development of the program and advancing the field through research in these areas. She has been involved in doing some prospective studies in patients on ECMO and a study comparing different concentrations of hypertonic saline in the management of intracranial hypertension in traumatic brain injury. She is also an active member in the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization helping with their educational goals.


Medical School
University of Madras Medical College (1989)
State University New York Downstate (1998), Pediatrics
State University New York Downstate (2001), Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Medical School (2004), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Brain Injury
  • Research Interest

    • ECMO
    • Near infrared spectroscopy
    • Traumatic brain injury


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Impairment of cerebral autoregulation in pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation associated with neuroimaging abnormalities.
    Tian F, Morriss MC, Chalak L, Venkataraman R, Ahn C, Liu H, Raman L Neurophotonics 2017 Oct 4 4 041410
    Coagulation Profile Is Not a Predictor of Acute Cerebrovascular Events in Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients.
    Anton-Martin P, Journeycake J, Modem V, Golla S, Raman L, Tweed J, Darnell-Bowens C ASAIO J. 2017 Jul
    Pediatric Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry International Report 2016.
    Barbaro RP, Paden ML, Guner YS, Raman L, Ryerson LM, Alexander P, Nasr VG, Bembea MM, Rycus PT, Thiagarajan RR ASAIO J. 2017 May
    An International Survey on Ventilator Practices Among Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Centers.
    Jenks CL, Tweed J, Gigli KH, Venkataraman R, Raman L ASAIO J. 2017 May
    Pre-ECMO coagulopathy does not increase the occurrence of hemorrhage during extracorporeal support.
    Anton-Martin P, Raman L, Thatte N, Tweed J, Modem V, Journeycake J Int J Artif Organs 2017 Apr 0
    High Hemoglobin Is an Independent Risk Factor for the Development of Hemolysis During Pediatric Extracorporeal Life Support.
    Jenks CL, Zia A, Venkataraman R, Raman L J Intensive Care Med 2017 Jan 885066617708992
    Regional cerebral abnormalities measured by frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy in pediatric patients during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
    Tian F, Jenks C, Potter D, Miles D, Raman L ASAIO J. 2016 Dec
    Successful engraftment after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with infusion of donor stem cells through the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuit.
    Anton-Martin P, Darnell-Bowens C, Aquino VM, Jones T, Raman L Indian J Crit Care Med 2016 Oct 20 10 617-619
    Year in Review 2015: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.
    Raman L, Dalton HJ Respir Care 2016 Jul 61 7 986-91
    Perinatal chronic hypoxia induces cortical inflammation, hypomyelination, and peripheral myelin-specific T cell autoreactivity.
    Ortega SB, Kong X, Venkataraman R, Savedra AM, Kernie SG, Stowe AM, Raman L J. Leukoc. Biol. 2015 Jun

    Honors & Awards

    • Center of Excellence with special recognition of the ECMO team
      Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) (2014)
    • Press Ganey Award for Outstanding Patient Care
      Children's Medical Center (2011)
    • Principal Investigator
      Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (2007)
    • Principal Investigator
      Vikings Children’s Fund-Grand in aid (2004)
    • Co-investigator
      Center for Neurobehavioral Development Research Grant (2002)
    • Jay H. Fisher Memorial Award for excellence in teaching
      SUNY, Brooklyn (2001)
    • Sixth Annual Residents Night Award
      Academy of Medicine of Richmond, NY (2001)
    • Distinction in Surgery
      Universtiy of Madras (1988)
    • Distinction in Anatomy and Biochemistry
      Universtiy of Madras (1984)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (2013)
    • Society of Pediatric Research (2008)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (2000)