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Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, MD, MBA

  • Pediatric Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, M.D., MBA, is originally from Houston and received his Bachelor of Applied Science in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and his M.D. from Texas Tech University in 2002. He completed his surgery residency from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston from 2002-2004 and 2006-2009. During that time, he took two years to complete an NIH T32 grant-sponsored research fellowship in trauma research from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston from 2004-2006. In addition, Dr. Radhakrishnan also completed his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He then completed a pediatric surgical fellowship at Northwestern University (Children's Memorial Hospital) from 2009-2011.

After completing his training, Dr. Radhakrishnan was recruited to and began working at UTMB in August, 2011, as the chief of pediatric surgery in the Department of Surgery.

He has received a $1.25 million, 6-year Department of Defense grant to improve the diagnosis of sepsis after burn injury using a portable sepsis alert system. In addition, he has been funded by the NIH, serving as a co-investigator for two NIH T32 training grants and 1 NIH R01 grant. His overall output includes 75 total papers (70 published and five under journal review), five book chapters, one book edited, 75 published abstracts, 148 presentations at national or international meetings and 18 invited lectures. He currently holds the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research.

Dr. Radhakrishnan serves as the vice chair of education for the Department of Surgery at UTMB, overseeing all nine training programs within the department, as well as the program director for the General Surgery Residency Program. In 2020, he established the ACGME accredited UTMB/Driscoll Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program and serves as the program director.

Dr. Radhakrishnan has received numerous teaching awards and has been elected into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, with the honorific title of University of Texas distinguished teaching professor. In addition, the University of Texas System has recognized his teaching efforts with membership in the Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Sciences Education. He is also an associate member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgical Educators.

Dr. Radhakrishnan has dedicated his life to the care of children with surgical diseases. He believes that a surgeon can make a long-lasting impact and significantly improve the lives of children. He believes that all children should have access to the highest quality surgical care and works with Shriners Children's to provide this service. He has cared for children at the Shriners Children's Galveston since 2011. He specializes in pediatric surgery and urology with a focus in complex thoracic, gastrointestinal (esophageal, gastric, colorectal etc.), chest wall and urologic surgeries.

Pediatric Care


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Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Surgery - General
Education and Training

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Academic Positions and Locations

UTMB - The University of Texas Medical Branch
Assistant Professor

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2020-Present: Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program
  • 2019-Present: Associate Professor with Tenure with UTMB
  • 2018-Present: Adjunct Associate Professor Dept. of Surgical Oncology
  • 2018-Present: Vice Chair of Education in Dept. of Surgery
  • 2016-Present: John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research; Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
  • 2015-Present: Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Director of Adult and Pediatric ECMO Programs
Editorial Positions
  • 2020-Present: Academic Editor, BioMed Research International
  • 2017-Present: Reviewer, Journal of Burn Care and Research
  • 2017-Present: Reviewer, Pediatrics
  • 2017-Present: Neurogastroenterology and Motility
  • 2016-Present: Oncotarget
  • 2015-Present: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Awards and Honors
  • 2021-Present, American Surgical Association Surgical Leaders Fellowship Grant, Society of University Surgeons
  • 2019-2024, Associate Member, Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, American College of Surgeons
  • 2020-2023, ECMO Center on Path to Excellence, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Silver Level Award, UTMB
  • 2019-2020, Kuo Family Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Visiting Professorship to the Johns Hopkins University Department of Surgery
  • 2019-Present, Member, The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Education
  • 2018-2019, Top Doctor, H Texas Magazine
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation: PDE5A Inhibition in Burn-induced Cardiac Dysfunction, Chicago, Illinois - Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions (7/27/2020)
  • Presentation: Presented at 52nd American Burn Association (ABA) Annual Meeting. Orlando, Florida - Changes of Mitochondria-Related Gene Expression Profile Associated with Burn-Induced Cardiomyopathy (6/17/2020)
  • Presentation: 43nd Shock Society 2020 Annual Conference. Toronto, CA. - Analysis of Burn-Induced Circulating Factors on Cardiac Mitochondria (6/7/2020)
  • Presentation: 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress - Pathophysiology of Systemic Burn-Induced Inflammation and Fibrogenesis via PDE5-NO-cGMP Pathway (2/5/2020)
  • Presentation: Southern Surgical Association 131st Annual Session. Hot Springs, Virginia. - Cardiac Dysfunction After Burn Injury: The Role of the AMPK-SIRT1-PGC1α-NFE2L2-ARE Pathway (12/10/2019)


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