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Archana V. Dhar, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in pediatric critical care, with a particular focus on extracorporeal therapies, both extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Dr. Dhar serves as the Medical Director of Transport and Inpatient Access Center for the Children’s Health System, Dallas.

She earned her medical degree from B.J. Medical College in India. Dr. Dhar completed a residency in pediatrics and received her diploma from Gujarat University in India. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Tulsa and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care, Dr. Dhar joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008.

She is deeply involved in medical school, resident, and fellow education. Dr. Dhar served as the Co-Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program from 2014-2016 and is currently the Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Course for the pre-clerkship students. She was inducted into the Southwestern Academy of Teachers in 2022 and is a Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. Dhar’s research interests are fluid balance in critically ill children and the timing of the initiation of CRRT.

She is an active member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and currently serves on the Quality Committee. Dr. Dhar is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for ASAIO Journal.

Dr. Dhar has been named among D Magazine’s Best Doctors in 2020, 2022, and 2023.


Medical School
B.J. Medical College, India (1993)
Dow Medical College & Civil Hospital Karachi,Pakistan (1995), Pediatrics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2000), Pediatrics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2002), Pediatrics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2003), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2008), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Research Interest

  • Extracorporeal support of critical patients - CRRT and ECMO


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Early fluid accumulation in children with shock and ICU mortality: a matched case-control study.
Bhaskar P, Dhar AV, Thompson M, Quigley R, Modem V Intensive Care Med 2015 Jun
Timing of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and Mortality in Critically Ill Children.
Modem V, Thompson M, Gollhofer D, Dhar AV, Quigley R Crit. Care Med. 2013 Nov
Current recommended parenteral protein intakes do not support protein synthesis in critically ill septic, insulin-resistant adolescents with tight glucose control.
Verbruggen SC, Coss-Bu J, Wu M, Schierbeek H, Joosten KF, Dhar A, van Goudoever JB, Castillo L Critical care medicine 2011 Jul 2518-2525
Insulin resistance in critical illness.
Dhar A, Castillo L Curr. Opin. Pediatr. 2011 Jun 23 3 269-74


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Simulations on ECMO. In ECMO Specialist Training Manual, 4th ed., Chapter 34

Dhar A (2018). Ann Arbor, MI, ELSO Extra Corporeal Life Support Organization

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine