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Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN

Associate Professor
Assistant Dean for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation
Vinciya Pandian
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Acute/Critical Care
  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Big Data
  • Business
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Education
  • Global
  • Health Technology
  • Interprofessional
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Pulmonary
  • Quantitative Research
  • Research Design
  • Safety
  • Simulation
  • Surgical
  • Tracheostomy
  • Violence


Vinciya Pandian is internationally known for her clinical expertise in improving critically ill patients’ care, safety, and quality of life. Her 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. She is also funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (R18 HS029124) to establish and evaluate the effectiveness of an interprofessional patient safety learning center, the Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation. The center will be designed to provide the infrastructure to develop and evaluate 1) a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) educational module using multiplayer virtual simulation and virtual reality, 2) augmented reality-guided central line insertion and dressing change devices, and 3) a robot-controlled intravenous administration system to decrease the rate of CLABSI and CLABSI-related mortality. In addition to ICUs, her research expands to global settings (India and Nigeria). Dr. Pandian is passionate about educating care providers on the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving the outcomes of critically ill patients. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program, including the Tracheostomy and Difficult Airway Response Programs, and as the associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Program, and director of the Research Honors Program. She is currently the president of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head-Neck Nurses, the vice president of the Sigma Nu Beta at-large chapter, and the treasurer for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. At JHSON, she is the assistant dean for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation. In addition to serving as the executive director for the Center of Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation, her entrepreneurial work surrounds developing, implementing, and evaluating various products and programs to enhance teaching and learning and improve patient safety. Dr. Pandian earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Christian Medical College in 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, Ghazi TU, He MQ, Isak E, Saleem A, Semler LR, Capellari EC, Brenner MJ (2022). Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Team Characteristics, Airway Securement Success, and Clinical Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022:34894221123124. Epub 20221002. doi: 10.1177/00034894221123124. PubMed PMID: 36189709.

    Pandian, V., Dino, M. J. S., McLennan, L., Brown, K. M., Sullivan, N., Coker, D., ... & Szanton, S. L. (2022). Nursing education in uncharted waters: Are we successfully navigating the industrial revolutions ahead? Journal of Clinical Nursing.

    Pandian, V., Murgu, S., & Lamb, C. R. (2021). Counterpoint: "Tracheostomy in patients with COVID-19, Should we do it before 14 days? No." Chest.

    Pandian, V., Murgu, S., Lamb, C. R., & Pandian, V. (2021). Rebuttal from Drs Pandian, Murgu, and Lamb. Chest.

    McGrath, B. A., Pandian, V., & Brenner, M. J. (2021). Percutaneous Tracheostomy. N Engl J Med, 384(8), 779.

    Pandian, V., Brodsky, M. B., Brigham, E. P., Parker, A. M., Hillel, A. T., Levy, J. M., Rassekh, C. H., Lalwani, A. K., Needham, D. M., & Brenner, M. J. (2021). COVID-19 survivorship: How otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons can restore quality of life after critical illness. Am J Otolaryngol, 42(3), 102917.

    Pandian, V., DeRose, T., Lynch, J., Rahman, A., Brenner, M. J., (2020). Worthy to Care for the Suffering: Trials and Courage of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Nurses. ORL-Head & Neck Nursing. In press.

    Pandian, V., Morris, L. L., Brodsky, M. B., Lynch, J., Walsh, B., Rushton, C., Phillips, J., Rahman, A., DeRose, T., Lambe, L., Lami, L., Man Wu, S. P., Garza, F. P., Maiani, S., Zavalis, A., Okusanya, K. A., Palmieri, P. A., McGrath, B. A., Pelosi, P., Sole, M. L., Davidson, P., & Brenner, M. J. (2020). Critical Care Guidance for Tracheostomy Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global, Multidisciplinary Approach. Am J Crit Care, e1-e12.

    Brenner, M. J., Pandian, V., Milliren, C. E., Graham, D. A., Zaga, C., Morris, L. L., Bedwell, J. R., Das, P., Zhu, H., Lee, Y. A. J., Peltz, A., Chin, K., Schiff, B. A., Randall, D. M., Swords, C., French, D., Ward, E., Sweeney, J. M., Warrillow, S. J., Arora, A., Narula, A., McGrath, B. A., Cameron, T. S., & Roberson, D. W. (2020). Global Tracheostomy Collaborative: data-driven improvements in patient safety through multidisciplinary teamwork, standardisation, education, and patient partnership. Br J Anaesth, 125(1), e104-e118.

    Pandian, V., Cole, T., Kilonsky, D., Holden, K., Feller-Kopman, D. J., Brower, R., & Mirski, M. (2020). Voice-Related Quality of Life Increases With a Talking Tracheostomy Tube: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Laryngoscope, 130(5), 1249-1255.

  • Awards/Honors

    2023   Fellow of Critical Care Medicine, for commitment to the ideals and practice of interprofessional critical care, American College of Critical Care Medicine

    2021   American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2020 Editor’s Award, “Speech-Language Pathology Guidance for Tracheostomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Multidisciplinary Perspective”

    2021   The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award

    2021   Fellow of Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing, Class of ELAN 2020-2021, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

    2021   Fellow of the SOURCE Service-Learning Community Faculty Fellows Program, 2020-2021, Johns Hopkins University

    2020   Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Ad Eundem, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland

    2020   Outstanding Service Award, Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses

    2019   Third Place Best Research Poster Award, 5th International Tracheostomy Symposium, Melbourne, Australia

    2019   Outstanding Nurse Researcher, Dean’s Alumni Awards, Baltimore, MD

    2019   Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    2019   Golden Mask Award for Outstanding Nurse-Led Quality Improvement in Africa, Global Alliance of Perioperative Professionals

    2018   Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society

    2018   Inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Honor Society

    2018   Inducted into Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society

    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