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Dhenuka Radhakrishnan photo of Dr. Radhakrishnan
Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Pediatric Respirologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Chair, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Asthma Program
Chair, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Asthma Research Network
613-737-7600 Ext. 2824
Research Practice Areas:
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Administrative Data
  • Health Services Research
Current Research:
Dr. Radhakrishnan is the director of CHEO’s Asthma Program and Asthma Research Network. She is an advocate for lung health in children and an executive member of the Ontario Thoracic Society. Dr. Radhakrishnan’s research harnesses health administrative data at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to investigate the incidence, risk factors and outcomes of children with asthma and other respiratory diseases. Her research has improved knowledge about how to best diagnose and provide pediatric asthma care. Dr. Radhakrishnan is also active in the development of clinical guidelines and has led workshops and continuing education seminars nationally and through the Ontario Lung Association to improve care providers’ ability to manage childhood asthma.
Research Team:
  • Jamal Alkadri - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Daniel Chung - University of Ottawa, Medical Student
  • Kerry Clifton - MSc, Research Coordinator
  • Cara Dhaliwal - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Sandra Giangioppo - University of Ottawa Pediatrics Resident
  • Tahereh Haji - University of Saskatchewan Medical Student
  • Andrea Higginson - RN, MSc, Asthma Program Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Garvin Leung - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Fargol Mostofian - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Julia Shen - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Revathi Surapaneni - MBBS (research assistant)
  • James Vu - University of Ottawa Medical Student
  • Katina Zheng - University of Ottawa Medical Student
Dr. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan joined the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and University of Ottawa in 2015. Her clinical interests include the care of children with airways diseases, including asthma and cystic fibrosis. After graduating from medical school at the University of Toronto in 2002, she completed her pediatrics residency and respirology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2008. She went on to complete a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto while working as a pediatric respirologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. Before joining CHEO, Dr. Radhakrishnan was appointed at the Department of Pediatrics at Western University, London, Ontario since 2010 and led the development of a multidisciplinary pediatric asthma program at the Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.
2017: Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Resident Research Mentorship Award
Sample Publications:
Pediatric home mechanical ventilation: A Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline executive summary. Reshma Amin, Ian MacLusky, David Zielinski, Robert Adderly, Franco Carnevale, Jackie Chiang, Aurore Cote, Cathy Daniels, Patrick Daigneault, Christine Harrison, Sherri Katz, Krista Keilty, Carina Majaesic, Theo J. Moraes, April Price, Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, Adam Rapoport, Sheldon Spier, Surendran Thavagnanam, Manisha Witmans and Canadian Thoracic Society.

Diagnosis and management of asthma in preschoolers: A Canadian Thoracic Society and Canadian Paediatric Society Position Paper. Can Respir J, 2015 May/June; 22(3)135-143, Coauthor Ducharme FM, Dell SD, Radhakrishnan D, Grad RM, Watson WTA, Yang CL, Zelman M.

Trends in the age of diagnosis of childhood asthma. Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology, 2014 Nov; 134(5): 1057-1062.e5, Principal Author Radhakrishnan DK, Dell S, Guttmann A, Shariff ZS, Liu K, To T.
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