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Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN

Associate Professor
Vinciya Pandian
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Education
  • Global
  • Global Health
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Pulmonary
  • Simulation
  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Surgical
  • Tracheostomy


A member of the Global Tracheotomy Collaborative, Vinciya Pandian is internationally known for her clinical expertise in improving the care, safety, and quality of life of tracheostomy patients. Her primary scientific work, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR017433), focuses on identifying signs and symptoms of laryngeal injury post-extubation in the intensive care unit. In addition to ICUs, her research expands to community (cities of Baltimore and Aberdeen) and global settings (Nigeria). Dr. Pandian is passionate about educating care providers on the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving outcomes of critically ill patients. She also excels in mentoring high school and college students by helping them participate in research, quality improvement efforts, and evidence-based projects, and eventually publishing their work successfully. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program that includes the Tracheostomy and Difficult Airway Response Programs. She is associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Program, director of the Research Honors Program, president of the Sigma Nu Beta at-large chapter, and vice president of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses. Her entrepreneurial work surrounds developing, implementing, and evaluating various products and programs. Dr. Pandian earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Christian Medical College at Vellore, India; master’s and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; and an MBA at the University of Baltimore. 

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Pandian, V., Datta, M., Nakka, S., Tammineedi, D. S., Davidson, P. M., Nyquist, P. A., (2019). “Intensive Care Unit Readmission in Patients with Primary Brain Injury and Tracheostomy.” American Journal of Critical Care, 28(1):56-63, doi: 10.4037/ajcc201988

    Pandian, V., Zhen, G., Stanley, S., Oldsman, M., Haut, E., Mark, L., Miller, C., Hillel, A. (2019). “Management of Difficult Airway among Patients with Oropharyngeal Angioedema.” Laryngoscope, 129(6):1360-1367

    Pandian, V. (2017). “Artificial Airways: Otolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses can move the needle in the right direction.” ORL Head Neck Nurs, 35(3), 4 – 5

    Pandian V, Hutchinson C, Schiavi AJ, Feller-Kopman DJ, Haut ER, Parsons NA, Lin JS, Gorbatkin C, Angamuthu PG, Miller CR, Mirski MA, Bhatti NI, Yarmus LB. (2016). “Predicting the Need for Nonstandard Tracheostomy Tubes in Critically Ill Patients.” J Crit Care.; 37:173-8

    Pandian V, Thompson CB, Feller-Kopman DJ, Mirski MA (2015). “Development and Validation of a Quality-of-Life Questionnaire for Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients.” Crit Care Med.; 43(1): 142-8

  • Awards/Honors

    2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

    2015 Literary Award—39th Congress and Nursing Symposium, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses, Dallas, TX

    2014 Research Poster Award—Difficult Airway Response Team, Orlando, FL, 38th Congress and Nursing Symposium, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses

    2013 Research Poster Award—Outpatient Follow-Up of Tracheostomy Patients, 37th Congress and Nursing Symposium, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses, Vancouver, BC

    2013 Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses Honor Award, Vancouver, BC

    2013 Sue K. Donaldson Dissertation Award for the outstanding PhD dissertation in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

    2012 Doctoral Award for Best Published Paper: “Predictors of Short-Term Mortality in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy,” Baltimore, MD

    2011 Gold Medal Poster: “Patient Safety and Quality Improvement – Quality of Life in Mechanically Ventilated Patients: Pilot Study,” Thirteenth Annual Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Research Day, Baltimore, MD

    2011 Clinical Poster Award: “Tracheostomy Tube Capping and Decannulation Guidelines: A QI Project,” 34th Congress and Nursing Symposium, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses, San Francisco, CA