Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, M.D., M.Sc.
SPECIALTY AND TITLE
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
University of Ottawa
AREA OF RESEARCH
Dr. Radhakrishnan is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, a pediatric respirologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Director of CHEO’s Asthma Program. She is an active member of the Lung Health Foundation in Ontario and the Canadian Thoracic Society where she is currently the Co-Chair of the Asthma Assembly. At the CHEO Research Institute, she is Director of the Data Driven Discoveries Program and the Academic Lead for Research Informatics. As an ICES scientist and clinical epidemiologist her research interests include using big data and advanced analytic techniques including machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand morbidity and improve health care delivery for children with respiratory diseases.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND/OR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
– National expert in pediatric asthma and co-author of multiple clinical practice guidelines and statements for the diagnosis and management of asthma in preschool children, including guidance for the management of people with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Lead author of high impact study showing that over the past 20 years, children born in Sarnia Ontario are more likely to develop childhood asthma than children born in 2 comparable neighbouring cities with lower ambient air pollution levels, inferring a strong association between early air pollution exposure and asthma incidence.
– Successful development of a learning health system that targets children at highest risk for repeat asthma emergency department visits and hospitalizations for more intensive preventative management; demonstration of a 50% reduction in repeat hospital admissions.