prashant

Ever since my childhood, I wanted to become a doctor. I entered medicine because it is a noble profession and I am proud to be the first physician in my family. Now, I am fortunate to enjoy what I do every day in the office and hospital.

Growing up in Bombay(now Mumbai), India, I learned about medicine at one of the finest medical institutions in India and perhaps the world, GS Medical College and KEM Hospital. After doing my postgraduate training in pediatrics, I went to Australia to study newborn medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. I then completed my fellowship in the same field at Washington University in St Louis, and I learned to treat complex medical conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit.

During that time, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from Professor Bradley Thach, an international authority on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). After finishing the fellowship at WASHU, I completed the remainder of my pediatric residency training at Christ Hospital and Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

I am privileged to be part of this community. I believe there is no such thing as a “silly question” when taking care of patients, and I feel that parents know their kids the best. My practice interests include autism, medical technology, asthma, and neonatal medicine. I welcome the opportunity to care for NICU graduates and children with complex medical problems, both congenital and acquired.

At Southwest Pediatrics, our practice is not a group – it is a team practice where we are proud of our medical nursing and administrative staff. We share a common goal: To do the best for our patients and their families!

In my free time, I enjoy reading nonfiction, work on developing medical products and play table tennis. I am married to Jyotsna, an occupational therapist at Christ Hospital specializing in hand injuries, and we have a son and daughter.

Current Positions

Hope Children’s Hospital (Christ Hospital and Medical Center)

Asst Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Midwestern University
Attending pediatrician, Palos Community Hospital, IL
Silvercross Hospital, Joliet, IL

1997 to Present

Education

Pediatrics & Neonatology
Resident, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital And R.N. Cooper Hospital, Bombay, (India)

1995 to 1989

Registrar in Neonatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

1991 to 1992

Fellow in Neonatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

1992 to 1993

Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Newborn Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

1993 to 1996

PLIII in Pediatrics, Hope Children’s Hospital

July 1996

Graduate
MBBS: Seth G.S. Medical College, Bombay

1980 to 1985

DCH: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Bombay

1988

M.D. (Pediatrics), University of Bombay, India

1989

Under Graduate
SCC – Sane Guruji Vidyalaya, Bombay, India

1978 to 1980

HSC – S.I.E.S. College, Bombay

1978

Acadamic Positions/Employment

Lecturer in Pediatrics & Neonatology, K.E.M. Hospital, Bombay

1989 to 1991

Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Newborn Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

1993 to 1996

Certifications

Diplomate of National Board of Examinations in Pediatrics, New Delhi, India

1990

PALS Certified

2004

Permanent Medical License, Illinois

1996

Awards and Honors

  • 16th Rank Secondary School Certificate Exam
  • Distinction in Higher Secondary Certificate Examination, PUNE
  • Distinction in Anatomy and Biochemistry in 1st MBBS
  • Distinction in Microbiology in 2nd MBBS
  • 1st Class in 3rd MBBS
  • 2nd Prize, Leprosy Competitive Exam, Acworth Leprosy Hospital, Bombay
  • Open Merit Scholarship at SSC
  • Post-graduate Merit Scholarship during MD (Pediatrics)

Professional Societies and Organizations

    • Life Member, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, New Delhi
    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL
    • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Member, American Medical Association

Thesis for Doctorate in Medicine (Pediatrics), Deshpande P.G. Shah M.D.

Etiological Diagnosis of Childhood Pneumonia” Submitted for MD (Pediatrics), University of Bombay, India

1989

American Board Certifications

Pediatrics

1999

Recertification

2004

Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine

2000

Recertification

2007

Publications: Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

DESHPANDE P,KHURANA A,HANSEN P,WILKINS D,THACH B : FAILURE OF AUTORESUCITATION INWEANLING MICE:SIGNIFICANCE OF CARIDIAC GLYCOGEN AND HEART RATE REGULATION:J APPL PHYSIOL 87(1):203-210.1989
Deshpande PG, Walavalkar AR, Shah MD. Afebrile pneumonia syndrome of young infants. Pediatric Pulmonology Update 1988; 1:19-23.
Kagalwala TY, Kothare SV, Deshpande PG, et al. Multiple intrauterine/neonatal infections. Indian Pediatrics 1989; 26:177-180.
Wagle SU, Deshpande PG, Vaidya PG, et al. Rabies exposure during pregnancy. Journal of Obstet Gynecol of India 1990; 40:301-2.
Deshpande PG, Dixit MP, Vaidya PG, et al. Marfan’s Syndrome: A neonatal presentation. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine 1990; 36(1):41-43.
Deshpande PG, Wagle SU, Mehta SD, et al. Neonatal osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. Indian Pediatrics 1990; 27:453-457.
Irani SF, Wagle SU, Deshpande PG. Role of intravenous immunoglobulins in prevention and treatment of neonatal infection. Indian Pediatrics 1991; 28:443-449.
Thakker JC, Kothari SS, Deshmukh CT, Deshpande PG, et al. Hypoplasia of nails and phalanges: A teratogenic manifestation of Phenobarbital. Indian Pediatrics 1991; 28:73-75.
Contractor CP, Mehta SD, Wagle SU, Deshpande PG, Irani SF. Bartter’s syndrome: A neonatal presentation. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine 1992; 38(1): 41-43.
Deshpande PG, Leslie GI, Arnold JD, Bowen J. Disseminated herpes simples – Type II presenting at birth. Indian Pediatrics 1993; 30:1127-1130.

Abstracts

Deshpande PG, Leslie GI, Arnold JD, Bowen JR. Caloric content of feeds and postnatal growth rate in premature infants. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health 1993; 29:15A.
Deshpande P. Khurana A, Thach BT. Glucose partially corrects Autoresuscitation defect in weanling SWR mice. Pediatric Research 1994; 35:330A.
Khurana A, Deshpande P., Thach BT. Mechanism of beneficial effects of glucose on Autoresuscitation following hypoxic apnea in mice. Pediatric Research 1994; 35:394A.
Deshpande P, Khurana A, Hansen P, Jennens M, Thach B. Metabolic basis for a developmental Autoresuscitation defect in mice. Pediatric Research 1995; 37:390A.

Conference Presentations

10th Australian Perinatal Congress, Queensland, Australia

August 1992

Society for Pediatric Research, Seattle, WA

May 1994

Society for Pediatric Research, San Diego. CA

May 1995

Neonatal Nutrition Conference, Mead Johnson, Marco Island, Florida

Nov 1995

Committees

Vice Chairman
Dept. of Pediatrics
Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights

2006-2008

Chairman
Dept. of Pediatrics
Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights

2008-2010

Member
Pediatric Performance Improvement Committee
Christ Hospital Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital

2007-Present

Member
Pediatric Cardiology Performance Improvement Committee
Christ Hospital Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital

2007-Present

Chairman
Autism Program Development Committee
Christ Hospital Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital

2008-2009

Member
Newborn Committee
Christ Hospital Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital

2006-Present

Member
Pediatric Task Force
Development of Hope Children’s Hospital (project 2017)

2006-Present

Member
Christ Hospital PHO Finance Committee

2009-Present

Chairman, 2010 PHO Finance Committee

2010

Mentor
Pediatric Resident Office Rotation Program

2006-Present

Mentor
3rd Year Medical Students: Midwestern University Medical Student, Downers Grove

2007-Present