Vikram Kalathur Raghu, MD, MS

  • Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics

Raghu is an instructor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Raghu received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Mathematics and Neuroscience with honors. He then received his Doctor of Medicine from the Pitt School of Medicine. He completed residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, during which he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at the Institute for Clinical Research Education at Pitt. He then completed an additional fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at Children’s. Raghu aims to develop and implement innovative methods to improve the value of care provided to patients with gastrointestinal disease, with a special focus on intestinal rehabilitation, intestinal failure, and intestinal transplantation. His primary work involves using cost-effectiveness analysis to evaluate interventions in pediatric intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Smith. He has received support for his research from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN); the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN); and the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation through the CHP Scholars program. His research has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014-Present
  • Trainee Member, Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association, 2016-Present
    • Intestinal Failure Resgistry Subcommittee Member, 2018-Present
  • Trainee Member, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, 2017-Present
    • Technology Committee Member, 2018-Present
    • Intestinal Failure Special Interest Group Member, 2018-Present
  • Trainee Member, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2019-Present
  • Trainee Member, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2019-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Mathematics, Neuroscience with honors, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2020
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2014-2017
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2017-2020

Selected Publications

Raghu VK, Nowalk AJ, Srinath AI. Should Children With Constipation Undergo Blood Lead Level Screening? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Jun;58(6):627–32.

Raghu VK, Beaumont JL, Everly MJ, Venick RS, Lacaille F, Mazariegos GV. Pediatric intestinal transplantation: Analysis of the intestinal transplant registry. Pediatr Transplant. September 2019:e13580. doi:10.1111/petr.13580

Raghu VK, Binion DG, Smith KJ. Cost-effectiveness of teduglutide in adult patients with short bowel syndrome: Markov modeling using traditional cost-effectiveness criteria. Am J Clin Nutr. October 2019. doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqz269

Raghu VK, Rudolph JA, Jalal HJ, Smith KJ. A Microsimulation Model to Compare Enteral and Parenteral Iron Supplementation in Children with Intestinal Failure. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. (In press)

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Academic and Research Interests

  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
  • Intestinal Transplant
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis
  • Clinical Decision Analysis