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Sangita Basnet, MD, CPE, FAAP, FCCM

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Pediatric Critical Care
Chief of Pediatric Critical Care
Medical Director, PICU


Dr. Sangita Basnet is a Professor and Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She completed a three-year fellowship in critical care at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (2002) and a three-year pediatric residency at Cook County Children's Hospital in Chicago (1999). She earned her medical degree at Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal (1993).

Dr Basnet is board certified in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatrics, and is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics. Her overarching goal and vision is to improve child health and health outcomes within the pediatric intensive care unit, nationally, and internationally. Her principal focus has been on quality improvement, patient satisfaction and family centered care, team building, and fostering an environment of safety culture. Her research interests include optimizing management of diabetic ketoacidosis, status asthmaticus, and procedural sedation. She is also keenly interested in international healthcare and has played a key role in establishing pediatric and neonatal intensive care units in her native country, Nepal. She is now leading a taskforce to standardize pediatric critical care in Nepal. Dr Basnet has published and presented widely on pediatric critical care in resource limited countries and quality improvement interventions in the pediatric ICU.


Tribhuvan University, Amrit Science Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School: 
Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine Kathmandu, Nepal
Department of Pediatrics Cook County Children's Hospital Chicago, IL
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Washington University, School of Medicine St. Louis, MO


2009 Nick Simons Foundation “PICU/NICU Project Patan Hospital” Kathmandu, Nepal. Team Leader and Director. Total Grant: $300,000. 2009 -2010 Central Research Committee Grant “Early Initiation of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation in the Management of Children with Status Asthmaticus, a pilot Study.” Principal Investigator. Total grant: $11,000. 2011 Clinician-Scientist Award Recipient 2011 “Effect of early initiation of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation on ICU length of stay in children with status asthmaticus, a prospective randomized trial. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. Principal Investigator. Total grant: $15,000. 2013 Bard and Hospira grants, Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support Course. Course Director. Total grant: $12,676.


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