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Kalpashri Kesavan, MD



Dr. Kesavan received her medical degree from the Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, India. She completed a Pediatric Residency at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Prior to joining UCLA as faculty in 2014, Dr. Kesavan completed her Neonatology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore where she studied the effects of sedative-analgesics on breathing and thermoregulation.

Dr. Kesavan's research interests are in Respiratory Control and Neuroprotection in Neonates. She was awarded the Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute's Seed Grant Award in Jan 2015, the Today's and Tomorrow's Children's Fund (July 2016), and the Little Giraffe Foundation NICU Support Grant (Oct 2016) to investigate novel means to support the immature breathing patterns in premature neonates and thereby improve overall outcomes in this vulnerable population. Dr. Kesavan's clinical interests are in the Early Detection of cerebral palsy using general movement assessments in high-risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Dr. Kesavan provides clinical care in the NICUs at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, and Olive View Medical Center. She also provides outpatient care in the High-Risk Infant Follow-up clinics at Children's Health Center (200 Medical Plaza, Westwood) and Santa Monica (1260 15th St, Santa Monica).


Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, English


Medical Board Certifications

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 2014
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2009


Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2012


John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, 2009


Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, MBBS, 2004

Hospital Affiliations



  1. Kesavan K, Ezell T, Bierman A, Nunes AR, Northington FJ, Tankersley CG, Gauda EB. Breathing and temperature control disrupted by morphine and stabilized by clonidine in neonatal rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014 Sep 15; 201:93-100. doi:10.1016/j.resp.2014.06.015. Epub 2014 Jul 5. PubMed PMID: 25008573.
  2. Burnsed JC, Chavez-Valdez R, Hossain MS, Kesavan K, Martin LJ, Zhang J, Northington FJ. Hypoxia-ischemia and therapeutic hypothermia in the neonatal mouse brain--a longitudinal study. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 16;10(3):e0118889. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25774892; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4361713.
  3. Kesavan K, Frank P, Cordero DM, Benharash P, Harper RM. Neuromodulation of Limb Proprioceptive Afferents Decreases Apnea of Prematurity and Accompanying Intermittent Hypoxia and Bradycardia. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 15;11(6):e0157349. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157349. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27304988
  4. Master ZR, Porzionato A, Kesavan K, Mason A, Chavez-Valdez R, Shirahata M, Gauda EB. Lipopolysaccharide exposure during the early postnatal period adversely affects the structure and function of the developing rat carotid body. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Jul 14:jap.01094.2015. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01094.2015. PMID: 27418689
  5. Effect of Lipopolysccharide Exposure on Structure and Function of the Carotid Body in Newborn Rats. Master ZR, Kesavan K, Mason A, Shirahata M, Gauda EB. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2015; 860:115-21. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-18440-1_13 PMID: 26303473
  6. Parga JJ, Daland R, Kesavan K, Macey PM, Zeltzer L, Harper RM. A description of externally recorded womb sounds in human subjects during gestation. PLoS One. 2018 May 10;13(5):e0197045. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197045. eCollection 2018. PMID: 29746604 7.
  7. Parga J, Bhatt RR, Kesavan K, Sim MS, Karp HN, Harper RM, Zeltzer L.A prospective observational cohort study of exposure to womb-like sounds to stabilize breathing and cardiovascular patterns in preterm neonates, J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Sep; 31(17):2245-2251. doi:10.1080/14767058.2017.1339269