Rashmin Savani, M.D.

Rashmin Savani, M.D.

Chief, Division of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine

  • The William Buchanan Chair in Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal
  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders

Biography

Rashmin C. Savani, M.B., Ch.B., is a tenured professor and the William Buchanan Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Additionally, Dr. Savani is the Director of UT Southwestern’s Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Associate Director of the Center for Pulmonary and Vascular Biology.

neonatal intensive care specialist, Dr. Savani has particular expertise in evaluating and treating neonatal lung disorders, particularly bronchopulmonary dysplasia. He serves on the Fetal Neonatal faculty at Children’s Health in Dallas.

Since joining UT Southwestern in 2006, Dr. Savani has overseen unprecedented growth in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the Southwestern Medical District. This includes – among many things – the creation of three NICUs, development of a renowned neonatal resuscitation team, and a fourfold increase in the number of faculty members.

Dr. Savani’s research focuses on lung injury and development, pulmonary and vascular biology, pulmonary surfactants, and the role of hyaluronan in tissue injury. He has received continual extramural funding since 1998 and published more than 60 scholarly articles.

His professional honors include being named one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Best Doctors in 2011 and a Texas Monthly Super Doctor in 2015 and 2018, as well as receiving the 2010 Perinatal Physician Excellence Award from the Texas chapter of the March of Dimes.

Dr. Savani earned his medical degree at the University of Sheffield Medical School in England. He trained in internal medicine at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in general surgery at Northern General Hospital, and in obstetrics and gynecology at Peterborough District Hospital.

He completed a pediatrics residency at Duke University Medical Center, fellowships in both neonatal-perinatal medicine and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and a cell and molecular biology fellowship at the University of Manitoba.

Among his many professional activities, Dr. Savani serves as an associate editor of Vascular Cell, is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, TheAmerican Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Matrix Biology, and is a reviewer for many academic journals.

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Meet Dr. Savani

Neonatal Intensive Care Specialist in Dallas

As a neonatal intensive care specialist, Rashmin Savani, M.B., Ch.B., cares for the sickest, most fragile newborns – those in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at UT Southwestern’s Clements University HospitalParkland Health and Hospital SystemChildren’s Health, and at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Although he evaluates and treats infants with a range of serious medical issues, Dr. Savani has special expertise in caring for those suffering from neonatal lung disorders – particularly bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a lung condition common in premature babies on mechanical ventilation.

From Neonatal Research to Neonatal Care

Also active in research, Dr. Savani aims to translate what he learns in the lab to the patients who need it most – something he finds very rewarding.

“I love neonatology because it allows me to integrate basic science, physiology, biochemistry, and pathology – as well as clinical neonatology – to diagnose and treat the smallest, sickest newborns,” he says.

“Getting to help these babies achieve their life potential is one of the best things about my job.”

Dr. Savani is fellowship trained and board certified – with subspecialty certification in neonatal-perinatal medicine – and he has been recognized as one of America’s Best Doctors (Castle Connolly) and as a Texas Super Doctor (Texas Monthly).

Married for 25 years and the father of three grown children, Dr. Savani knows the importance of delivering compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centered care.

“Everything we do is dictated by what’s in the best interest of each child,” he says. “Our outcomes are extremely good, and the vast majority of babies that spend time in the NICU go home and become healthy, productive people.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Manitoba (1991-1994), Cell Biology
  • Fellowship - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (1987-1991), Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
  • Residency - Duke University Medical Center (1984-1987), Pediatrics
  • Internship - Peterborough District Hospital (1983-1984), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Internship - Northern General Hospital (1983-1983), General Surgery
  • Internship - Royal Hallamshire Hospital (1982-1983), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - The University of Sheffield Medical School (1977-1982)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Member (1999)
  • Perinatal Research Society, Member (1999)
  • The International Society for Hyaluronan Science, Member of the Board (2004)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Member (2005-2010)
  • American Physiological Society, Member (2005-2010)
  • American Pediatric Society, Member (2005)
Honors & Awards
  • Young Investigator Award, Basic Science 1997, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research
  • Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Pediatrics 1998, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Honorary Masters of Arts 2002, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Perinatal Physician Excellence Award 2010, March of Dimes, Texas
  • Best Doctors in America 2011
  • Invited membership, International Perinatal Collegium 2013
  • Texas Super Doctors 2015-2017, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, Who’s Who Publication Board
Books & Publications
Research
  • Hyaluronan

Clinical Focus

  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders

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Q&A by Dr. Savani

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Children's Medical Center of Dallas

1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235
214-730-5437 Directions