Dr. Kanwaljeet J. S. Anand

St. Jude Chair for Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, & Neurobiology

Kanwaljeet J. S. (“Sunny”) Anand completed his undergraduate and medical training at University of Indore (India). He was a Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford (U.K.), where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.).

He completed post-doctoral fellowship in Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, followed by Pediatric Residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Anand has received numerous awards for his research, and was recently awarded the 2009 Nils Rosén von Rosenstein Medal from the Swedish Academy of Medicine and Swedish Pediatric Society (the highest international award given to pediatricians every 5 years).

For community service activities, he received the Father Joseph Biltz Award (2007) and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Salute to Greatness” Individual Award (2008). He has published 150 peer-reviewed articles, edited multiple books and journal issues on neonatal pain and stress, the long-term effects of early adverse experiences in infancy, and pain system development. Dr. Anand was the inaugural holder of the Morris & Hettie Oakley Chair in Critical Care Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2001-2009) and currently holds the St. Jude Chair of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

  1. Anand KJS.  Editorial: Pain panacea for opiophobia in infants?  JAMA 309(2): 183-194, 2013. PMID: 23299611.
  2. Anand KJS, Palmer FB, Papanicolaou AC. Repetitive neonatal pain and neurocognitive abilities in ex-preterm children. Pain [Epub] doi:pii: S0304-3959(13)00335-7. 10.1016/j.pain.2013.06.027, 2013.  PMID: 23792285
  3. Nievas IF, Anand KJS.  Severe acute asthma exacerbation in children: A step-wise approach for escalating therapy in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 18(2):88-104, 2013. PMID: 23798903
  4. Dong CE, Anand KJS. Developmental neurotoxicity of ketamine in pediatric clinical use.  Toxicological Letters 220(1):53-60, 2013.  PMID: 23566897
  5. Eggly S, Meert KL, Berger J, Zimmerman J, Anand KJS, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Carcillo J, Dean JM, Willson DF, Nicholson C, MD; for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network.  Physicians’ conceptualization of “closure” as a benefit of physician-parent follow-up meetings after a child’s death in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Journal of Palliative Care, 29(2): 69-75, 2013.
  6. Holubkov R, Casper C, Dean JM, Anand KJS, Zimmerman J, Meert KL, Newth CJL, Berger J, Harrison R, Willson DF, Nicholson C, MD; and the NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. The role of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board in a clinical trial: The CRISIS Study. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 14(4):374-83, 2013.  PMID: 23392377
  7. de Graaf J, van Lingen RA, Valkenburg AJ, Weisglas-Kuperus N, Jebbink LG, Wijnberg-Williams B, Anand KJS, Tibboel D, van Dijk M.  Does neonatal morphine use affect neuropsychological outcomes at 8-9 years of age?  Pain 154(3): 449-58, 2013.  PMID: 23352760.
  8. Anand KJS, Clark AE, Willson DF, Berger J, Meert KL, Zimmerman JJ, Harrison R, Carcillo JA, Newth CJL, Bisping  S, Holubkov R, Dean JM, Nicholson CE.  Opioid Analgesia in Mechanically Ventilated Children: Results from the multicenter MOTIF study. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 14(1):28-36, 2013. PMID: 23132396.
  9. Heidemann SM, Holubkov R, Meert KL, Dean JM, Berger J, Bell M, Anand KJS, Zimmerman J, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Willson DF, Nicholson CE, Carcillo J. Baseline serum concentrations of Zinc, Selenium and Prolactin in critically ill children. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 14(4):e202-e206, 2013.  PMID: 23392368
  10. Dong C, Rovnaghi CR, Anand KJS. Ketamine alters the neurogenesis of rat cortical neural stem progenitor cells. Critical Care Medicine, 40(8):2407-16, 2012. PMID: 22635046
  11. Bhutta AT, Schmitz ML, James LP, Wardbegnoche WL, Lindquist DM, Glasier CM, Tuzcu V, Prodhan P, Dyamenahalli U, Imamura M, Jaquiss RDB, Anand KJS. Ketamine as a neuro-protective and anti-inflammatory agent in children undergoing surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 13(3):328-37, 2012. PMID: 21926656
  12. Carcillo J, Dean JM, Holubkov R, Berger J, Meert KL, Anand KJS, Zimmerman J, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Burr J, Willson DF, Nicholson CE. The Pediatric Critical Illness Stress-Induced Immune Suppression (CRISIS) Prevention Trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 13(2): 165-173, 2012.  PMID: 22079954
  13. Berde CB, Walco G, Krane EJ, Anand KJS, Aranda JV, Craig KD, Dampier CD, Finkel JC, Grabois M, Johnston CC, Lantos J, Lebel A, Maxwell LG, McGrath P, Oberlander TF, Schanberg LE, Stevens B, Taddio A, von Baeyer CL, Yaster M, Zempsky WA.  Pediatric analgesic clinical trial designs, measures, and extrapolation: Report of an FDA Scientific Workshop.  Pediatrics 129(2): 354-64, 2012.  PMID: 22250028
  14. Ferguson SA, Ward-Begnoche WL, Paule MG, Hall RW, Anand KJS. A pilot study of preemptive morphine analgesia in preterm neonates: effects on head circumference, social behavior, and response latencies in early childhood. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 34(1): 47-55, 2012. PMID: 22094261
  15. Coopersmith CM, Wunsch H, Fink MP, Linde-Zwirble WT, Olsen KM, Sommers MS, Anand KJS, Kingsmore SF, Tchorz KM, Angus DC, Deutschman CS.  A comparison of critical care research funding and the financial burden of critical illness in the United States. Critical Care Medicine 40 (4): 1072-1079, 2012.  PMID: 22202712

Selected Publications

  1. Anand KJS, Clark AE, Willson DF, Berger J, Meert KL, Zimmerman JJ, Harrison R, Carcillo JA, Newth CJL, Bisping  S, Holubkov R, Dean JM, Nicholson CE.  Opioid Analgesia in Mechanically Ventilated Children: Results from the multicenter MOTIF study. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2012 (in press).
  2. Dong C, Rovnaghi CR, Anand KJS. Ketamine alters the neurogenesis of rat cortical neural stem progenitor cells. Critical Care Medicine, 2012 (in press).
  3. Anand KJS, Bergqvist LL, Carbajal R, Hall RW. Acute pain management in newborns.  Pain-Clinical Updates XIX (6): 1-6, 2011.
  4. Gradin M, Eriksson M; Anand KJS, NeoOpioid investigators group. Neonatal pain assessment in Sweden - a fifteen-year follow up.  Acta Paediatrica 100(2): 204-8, 2011. PMID: 20804461
  5. Bhutta AT, Schmitz ML, James LP, Wardbegnoche WL, Lindquist DM, Glasier CM, Tuzcu V, Prodhan P, Dyamenahalli U, Imamura M, Jaquiss RDB, Anand KJS.  Ketamine as a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory agent in children undergoing surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 13(1): 1-10, 2012. PMID: 21926656
  6. Schouw RHJA, Duivenvoorden HJ, Anand KJS, van Heijst A, Tibboel D, Peters JWB. Are there long-term alterations in pain sensitivity at 8 years following neonatal surgery?  Journal of Pediatric Surgery (in press), 2012.
  7. Carcillo J, Dean JM, Holubkov R, Berger J, Meert KL, Anand KJS, Zimmerman J, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Burr J, Willson DF, Nicholson C, for the NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. The Pediatric Critical Illness Stress-Induced Immune Suppression (CRISIS) Prevention Trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 13(2): 165-173, 2012.  PMID: 22079954
  8. Berde CB, Walco G, Krane EJ, Anand KJS, Aranda JV, Craig KD, Dampier CD, Finkel JC, Grabois M, Johnston CC, Lantos J, Lebel A, Maxwell LG, McGrath P, Oberlander TF, Schanberg LE, Stevens B, Taddio A, von Baeyer CL, Yaster M, Zempsky WA.  Pediatric analgesic clinical trial designs, measures, and extrapolation: Report of an FDA Scientific Workshop.  Pediatrics 129(2): 354-64, 2012.  PMID: 22250028
  9. Ferguson SA, Ward-Begnoche WL, Paule MG, Hall RW, Anand KJS. A pilot study of preemptive morphine analgesia in preterm neonates: effects on head circumference, social behavior, and response latencies in early childhood. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 34(1): 47-55, 2012. PMID: 22094261
  10. Coopersmith CM, Wunsch H, Fink MP, Linde-Zwirble WT, Olsen KM, Sommers MS, Anand KJS, Kingsmore SF, Tchorz KM, Angus DC, Deutschman CS.  A comparison of critical care research funding and the financial burden of critical illness in the United States. Critical Care Medicine 40 (4): 1072-1079, 2012.  PMID: 22202712
  11. Cignacco EL, Sellam G, Stoffel L, Gerull R, Nelle M, Anand KJS, Engberg S. Oral sucrose and "facilitated tucking" for repeated pain relief in preterms: A randomized controlled trial.  Pediatrics 129(2): 299-308, 2012.  PMID: 22232305
  12. de Graaf J, van Lingen RA, Simons SHP, Anand KJS,  Duivenvoorden H, Weisglas-Kuperus N, Roofthooft DWE, Groot Jebbink LJM, Veenstra RR, Tibboel D, van Dijk M. Long-term effects of routine morphine infusion in mechanically ventilated neonates on children’s functioning: Five-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Pain 152(6): 1391-7, 2011. PMID: 21402444
  13. Chang JY, Tsai PF, Beck C, Hagen JL, Huff DC, Anand KJS, Roberson PK, Rosengren KS, Beuscher L. The effect of Tai Chi on cognition in elders with cognitive impairment. Medsurg Nursing 2011; 20(2):63-70. PMID: 21560956
  14. Meert KL, Shear K, Newth CJ, Harrison R, Berger J, Zimmerman J, Anand KJS, Carcillo J, Donaldson AE, Dean JM, Willson DF, Nicholson C; for NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. Follow-up study of complicated grief among parents eighteen months after a child's death in the pediatric intensive care unit. Journal of Palliative Medicine 14(2):207-14, 2011. PMID: 21281122
  15. Anand KJS, Willson DF, Berger J, Harrison R, Meert KL, Zimmerman J, Carcillo J, Newth CJL, Prodhan P, Dean JM, Nicholson CE for the NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. Tolerance and withdrawal from prolonged opioid use in critically ill children. Pediatrics 125(5): e1208-1225, 2010. PMID: 20403936

Honors and Presentations

  • 2013 - Listed in Who’s Who in America 2002-2012, Marquis Who’s Who, Inc.
  • 2013 - Listed in America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • 2013 - Listed in Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
  • 2013 - Keynote Public Address, 9th Annual “In Praise of Medicine” Public Meeting, Erasmus University, Faculty of Medicine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; October 4, 2013.
  • 2012 - Keynote Speaker, Danish International Conference on Pediatric Trauma in Odense, Denmark; January 16, 2012
  • 2012 - Inaugural Keynote Address, 2nd International Obstetrie & Neonatologie Congres, Máxima Medisch Centrum Hospital, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, March 8, 2012
  • 2012 - Sujit & Uma Pandit Professorship, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI; March 29, 2012
  • 2012 - Keynote Speaker, 48th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Perinatal & Neonatal Medicine; Saitama, Japan, July 8 - 10, 2012
  • 2012 - Listed in Who’s Who in America 2002-2012, Marquis Who’s Who, Inc.
  • 2012 - Listed in America’s Top Doctors 2000-2013, Castle Connolly International, Inc.
  • 2012 - Keynote Address, Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare, International Symposium on Maternal Health, Dublin, Ireland; September 7, 2012
  • 2013 - Annual Keynote Lecture in Neonatology, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA; January 22, 2013
  • 2013 - Dr. Digby Leigh Distinguished Lectureship, 51st Clinical Conference in Pediatric Anesthesia, University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Anaheim, CA; February 9, 2013
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