Monday, July 3, 2017
Uday P. Devaskar, MD, Chief of Neonatology at UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics, has dedicated his career to improving the health and well-being of neonates (babies in the first four weeks of life). Since 2001, Dr. Devaskar has been building a close collaboration with Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital (DMH), a charitable, 800-bed multispecialty hospital in Pune, India.
Dr. Devaskar’s program with DMH has resulted in the institution becoming a center of excellence for high-tech newborn patient care, education, and research. DMH’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has expanded from 16 to 45 beds, and the excellence of its care for newborns is now comparable to that of the NICU at UCLA. DMH also has emerged as a center of education and training for physicians and nurses in Pune and in surrounding areas in India.
On December 8, 2016, Dr. Devaskar was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Neonatology Forum, the largest scientific body of professionals involved in managing newborn care in India. Dr. Devaskar was presented with this prestigious award as a way to recognize his major contributions to improving the health of newborns in India.