Kalyani R. Vats, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
  • Medical Director, Delivery, Triage and Antenatal Consult Services, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Clinical Co-Director, Center for Advanced Fetal Diagnostics, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Affiliated Investigator, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation

Vats joined the Division of Newborn Medicine in 2002. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Veer Surendra Sai Medical College, Sambalpur, India in 1986 and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Pediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India in 1989. She completed pediatric residency training at University of Minnesota in 1999 and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh in 2002. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Vats has been instrumental in initiating and developing a unique clinical service program, called Delivery, Triage and Emergency Antenatal Consult Services (DTAC), which bridges as well as advances the care of critically sick newborns as they transition from delivery room to neonatal ICU. Vats is the Medical Director of DTAC and Co-directory of Center for Advance Fetal Diagnostics (CAFD). She has been enthusiastically engaged in medical education and scholarly mentorship of trainees at all levels and is actively involved in several clinical research as well as quality improvement projects.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Indian Academy of Pediatrics, 1986-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1997-Present

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Medicine & Surgery, VSS, Medical College, 1984
  • Residency in Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 1986-1986
  • Externship in Pediatrics, Children's Healthcare, 1996-1997
  • Residency in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, 1997-1999
  • Fellowship in Neonatalogy, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1999-2002

Selected Publications

Vats K, Watchko JF. Coordinating Care Across the Perinatal Continuum in Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn: The Timely Handoff of a Positive Maternal Anti-Erythrocyte Antibody Screen. J Pediatr. 2019 Nov; 214:212-216. PMID: 3145118

Vats KR, Ishwad C, Singla I, Vats A, Ferrell R, Ellis D, Moritz M, Surti U, Jayakar P, Frederick DR, Vats AN. A locus for renal malformations including vesico-ureteric reflux on chromosome 13q33-34. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006 Apr;17(4):1158-67. PMID: 16565260

Vats AN, Ishwad C, Vats KR, Moritz M, Ellis D, Mueller C, Surti U, Parizhskaya MZ, Meza MP, Burke L, Schneck FX, Saxena M, Ferrell R. Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome and congenital anomalies of kidneys: evidence of locus on chromosome 13q. Kidney Int. 2003 Jul;64(1):17-24. PMID: 12787391.

Watchko JF, Daood MJ, Mahmood B, Vats K, Hart C, Ahdab-Barmada M. P-glycoprotein and bilirubin disposition. J Perinatol. 2001 Dec;21 Suppl 1: S43-7; discussion S59-62. Review. PMID: 11803416.

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Interests

  • Outcomes of extremely preterm infants
  • Breast milk
  • Neonatal temperature control
  • Neonatal HIE
  • Delayed Cord clampingOutcomes of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Research Grants

HIGH dose EPO for Asphyxia and Encephalopathy: Multicenter, a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked 500 - subject clinical trial of erythropoietin for the treatment of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), 2017-2021, NIHCHD Multicenter

Feasibility of an Antenatal Milk Expression Protocol among Mothers of Surgical Infants and Preliminary Macronutrient Analysis of Antenatal Milk, (PI, 1% effort), 2017-2019, Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh, $15,971