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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

  • 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., 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

    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