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Adnan T. Bhutta, MBBS, FAAP

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Division Head


110 S. Paca St. 8th Floor Suite 820

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Education and Training

Aga Khan University Medical College, MBBS

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Pediatric Residency

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Arkansas Children's Hospital, Pediatric Critical care


Dr Adnan T. Bhutta joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine as an Associate Professor and Division Head of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in February 2014. Dr Bhutta received his medical degree from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital followed by additional training in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care at the same institution. He served as an attending physician in both the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital from 2002 till his arrival in Baltimore and also served as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas from 2004 till 2014.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, Neurodevelopment of critically ill children, Global Health

Highlighted Publications

Mulkey SB, Bai S, Luo C, Cleavenger JE, Gibson N, Holland G, Mosley BS, Kaiser
JR, Bhutta AT. School-Age Test Proficiency and Special Education After Congenital
Heart Disease Surgery in Infancy. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov;178:47-54.e1. doi:
10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.06.063. PubMed PMID: 27453376.

Foster CB, Simone S, Bagdure D, Garber NA, Bhutta A. Optimizing Team Dynamics:
An Assessment of Physician Trainees and Advanced Practice Providers Collaborative
Practice. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Sep;17(9):e430-6. doi:
10.1097/PCC.0000000000000881. PubMed PMID: 27464890.

Bagdure D, Custer JW, Rao S, Messacar K, Dominguez S, Beam BW, Bhutta A.
Hospitalized Children With Encephalitis in the United States: A Pediatric Health
Information System Database Study. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Aug;61:58-62. doi:
10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2016.04.014. PubMed PMID: 27353693.

Mulkey SB, Yap VL, Bai S, Ramakrishnaiah RH, Glasier CM, Bornemeier RA,
Schmitz ML, Bhutta AT. Amplitude-integrated EEG in newborns with critical
congenital heart disease predicts preoperative brain magnetic resonance imaging
findings. Pediatr Neurol. 2015 Jun;52(6):599-605. doi:
10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.02.026. PubMed PMID: 25838043; PubMed Central PMCID:

Prodhan P, Kalikivenkata G, Tang X, Thomas K, Byrnes J, Imamura M, Jaquiss RD,
Garcia X, Frazier EA, Bhutta AT, Dyamenahalli U. Risk factors for prolonged
mechanical ventilation for children on ventricular assist device support. Ann
Thorac Surg. 2015 May;99(5):1713-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.12.068. PubMed
PMID: 25754963.

Research Interests

The primary focus of his research is to determine if stress during the neonatal period and infancy, induced by cardiopulmonary bypass or other mechanisms, causes long term changes in the brain and to determine the mechanism of these changes and then to develop techniques and therapeutic agents in an effort to minimize neurologic injury and long-term deficits. In pursuit of this goal, he has examined the use of the NIRS monitor as a surrogate for mixed venous saturation and studied Ketamine as a possible neuroprotective agent.

He also has maintained an active interest in clinical research related to the care of critically ill children, especially those with cardiac disease. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 publications.

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