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Monica S. Vavilala, MD

Monica S. Vavilala, MD

Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics-Primary Care

On staff since July 1994

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Anesthesiology

Medical/Professional School

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston

Fellowship

Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Traumatic brain injury, Cerebrovascular changes in diabetic ketoacidosis

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Publications

  • Sookplung P, Siriussawakul A, Malakouti A, Sharma D, Wang J, Souter MJ, Chesnut RM, Vavilala MS
    Vasopressor Use and Effect on Blood Pressure After Severe Adult Traumatic Brain Injury.
    Neurocritical care , 2010 Sept. 28
  • Chaiwat O, Vavilala MS, Philip S, Malakouti A, Neff MJ, Deem S, Treggiari MM, Wang J, Lang JD
    Intraoperative adherence to a low tidal volume ventilation strategy in critically ill patients with preexisting acute lung injury.
    Journal of critical care , 2010 Sept. 22
  • Sharma D, Ellenbogen RG, Vavilala MS
    Use of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography and jugular oximetry to optimize hemodynamics during pediatric posterior fossa craniotomy.
    Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia , 2010 Aug. 25
  • Vavilala MS, Richards TL, Roberts JS, Chiu H, Pihoker C, Bradford H, Deeter K, Marro KI, Shaw D
    Change in blood-brain barrier permeability during pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis treatment.
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2010 May : 332-8
  • Raelson CA, Kanal KM, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP, Kim LJ, Stewart BK, Cohen WA
    Radiation dose and excess risk of cancer in children undergoing neuroangiography.
    AJR. American journal of roentgenology , 2009 Dec. : 1621-8
  • Philip S, Chaiwat O, Udomphorn Y, Moore A, Zimmerman JJ, Armstead W, Vavilala MS
    Variation in cerebral blood flow velocity with cerebral perfusion pressure >40 mm Hg in 42 children with severe traumatic brain injury.
    Critical care medicine , 2009 Nov. : 2973-8
  • King MA, Kanal KM, Relyea-Chew A, Bittles M, Vavilala MS, Hollingworth W
    Radiation exposure from pediatric head CT: a bi-institutional study.
    Pediatric radiology , 2009 Oct. : 1059-65
  • Sookplung P, Vavilala MS
    What is new in pediatric traumatic brain injury?
    Current opinion in anaesthesiology , 2009 Oct. : 572-8
  • Rozet I, Tontisirin N, Vavilala MS, Treggiari MM, Lee LA, Lam AM
    Prolonged propofol anesthesia is not associated with an increase in blood lactate.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2009 Oct. : 1105-10
  • Philip S, Udomphorn Y, Kirkham FJ, Vavilala MS
    Cerebrovascular pathophysiology in pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    The Journal of trauma , 2009 Aug. : S128-34
  • Chaiwat O, Sharma D, Udomphorn Y, Armstead WM, Vavilala MS
    Cerebral hemodynamic predictors of poor 6-month Glasgow Outcome Score in severe pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Journal of neurotrauma , 2009 May : 657-63
  • Sharma D, Vavilala MS
    Transfusion improves cerebral oxygenation . . . but not always.
    Critical care medicine , 2009 Mar. : 1166-7
  • Chaiwat O, Lang JD, Vavilala MS, Wang J, MacKenzie EJ, Jurkovich GJ, Rivara FP
    Early packed red blood cell transfusion and acute respiratory distress syndrome after trauma.
    Anesthesiology , 2009 Feb. : 351-60
  • Sharma D, Jelacic J, Chennuri R, Chaiwat O, Chandler W, Vavilala MS
    Incidence and risk factors for perioperative hyperglycemia in children with traumatic brain injury.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2009 Jan. : 81-9
  • King MA, Garrison MM, Vavilala MS, Zimmerman JJ, Rivara FP
    Complications associated with arterial catheterization in children.
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2008 July : 367-71
  • Samant UB 4th, Mack CD, Koepsell T, Rivara FP, Vavilala MS
    Time of hypotension and discharge outcome in children with severe traumatic brain injury.
    Journal of neurotrauma , 2008 May : 495-502
  • Brown JM, Udomphorn Y, Suz P, Vavilala MS
    Antipyretic treatment of noninfectious fever in children with severe traumatic brain injury.
    Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2008 Apr, : 477-83
  • Udomphorn Y, Armstead WM, Vavilala MS
    Cerebral blood flow and autoregulation after pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Pediatric neurology , 2008 Apr, : 225-34
  • Freeman SS, Udomphorn Y, Armstead WM, Fisk DM, Vavilala MS
    Young age as a risk factor for impaired cerebral autoregulation after moderate to severe pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Anesthesiology , 2008 Apr, : 588-95
  • Curry R, Hollingworth W, Ellenbogen RG, Vavilala MS
    Incidence of hypo- and hypercarbia in severe traumatic brain injury before and after 2003 pediatric guidelines.
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2008 Mar. : 141-6
  • Vavilala MS, Tontisirin N, Udomphorn Y, Armstead W, Zimmerman JJ, Chesnut R, Lam AM
    Hemispheric differences in cerebral autoregulation in children with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury.
    Neurocritical care , 2008 : 45-54
  • Rozet I, Tontisirin N, Muangman S, Vavilala MS, Souter MJ, Lee LA, Kincaid MS, Britz GW, Lam AM
    Effect of equiosmolar solutions of mannitol versus hypertonic saline on intraoperative brain relaxation and electrolyte balance.
    Anesthesiology , 2007 Nov. : 697-704
  • Armstead WM, Vavilala MS
    Adrenomedullin reduces gender-dependent loss of hypotensive cerebrovasodilation after newborn brain injury through activation of ATP-dependent K channels.
    Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism , 2007 Oct. : 1702-9
  • Tontisirin N, Armstead W, Waitayawinyu P, Moore A, Udomphorn Y, Zimmerman JJ, Chesnut R, Vavilala MS
    Change in cerebral autoregulation as a function of time in children after severe traumatic brain injury: a case series.
    Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2007 Oct. : 1163-9
  • Olivar H, Bramhall JS, Rozet I, Vavilala MS, Souter MJ, Lee LA, Lam AM
    Subarachnoid lumbar drains: a case series of fractured catheters and a near miss.
    Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie , 2007 Oct. : 829-34
  • Rozet I, Vavilala MS
    Risks and benefits of patient positioning during neurosurgical care.
    Anesthesiology clinics , 2007 Sept. : 631-53, x
  • Hollingworth W, Vavilala MS, Jarvik JG, Chaudhry S, Johnston BD, Layman S, Tontisirin N, Muangman SL, Wang MC
    The use of repeated head computed tomography in pediatric blunt head trauma: factors predicting new and worsening brain injury.
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2007 July : 348-56; CEU quiz 357
  • Tontisirin N, Muangman SL, Suz P, Pihoker C, Fisk D, Moore A, Lam AM, Vavilala MS
    Early childhood gender differences in anterior and posterior cerebral blood flow velocity and autoregulation.
    Pediatrics , 2007 Mar. : e610-5
  • Vavilala MS
    Cerebral oximetry: patience is a virtue but not a virtue for the patient, yet?
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2007 Mar. : 192-3
  • Vavilala MS, Muangman S, Waitayawinyu P, Roscigno C, Jaffe K, Mitchell P, Kirkness C, Zimmerman JJ, Ellenbogen R, Lam AM
    Neurointensive care; impaired cerebral autoregulation in infants and young children early after inflicted traumatic brain injury: a preliminary report.
    Journal of neurotrauma , 2007 Jan. : 87-96
  • Rozet I, Muangman S, Vavilala MS, Lee LA, Souter MJ, Domino KJ, Slimp JC, Goodkin R, Lam AM
    Clinical experience with dexmedetomidine for implantation of deep brain stimulators in Parkinson's disease.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2006 Nov. : 1224-8
  • Miller P, Mack CD, Sammer M, Rozet I, Lee LA, Muangman S, Wang M, Hollingworth W, Lam AM, Vavilala MS
    The incidence and risk factors for hypotension during emergent decompressive craniotomy in children with traumatic brain injury.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2006 Oct. : 869-75
  • Roberts JS, Vavilala MS, Schenkman KA, Shaw D, Martin LD, Lam AM
    Cerebral hyperemia and impaired cerebral autoregulation associated with diabetic ketoacidosis in critically ill children.
    Critical care medicine , 2006 Aug. : 2217-23
  • Rozet I, Vavilala MS, Lindley AM, Visco E, Treggiari M, Lam AM
    Cerebral autoregulation and CO2 reactivity in anterior and posterior cerebral circulation during sevoflurane anesthesia.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2006 Feb. : 560-4
  • Suz P, Vavilala MS, Souter M, Muangman S, Lam AM
    Clinical features of fever associated with poor outcome in severe pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2006 Jan. : 5-10
  • Coates BM, Vavilala MS, Mack CD, Muangman S, Suz P, Sharar SR, Bulger E, Lam AM
    Influence of definition and location of hypotension on outcome following severe pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Critical care medicine , 2005 Nov. : 2645-50
  • Vavilala MS, Kincaid MS, Muangman SL, Suz P, Rozet I, Lam AM
    Gender differences in cerebral blood flow velocity and autoregulation between the anterior and posterior circulations in healthy children.
    Pediatric research , 2005 Sept. : 574-8
  • Shah M, Vavilala MS, Feldman KW, Hallam DK
    Motor vehicle crash brain injury in infants and toddlers: a suitable model for inflicted head injury?
    Child abuse & neglect , 2005 Sept. : 953-67
  • Vavilala MS, Lam AM
    Identification of pressure passive cerebral perfusion and its mediators after infant cardiac surgery.
    Pediatric research , 2005 May : 749; author reply 749
  • Vavilala MS, Souter MJ, Lam AM
    Hyperemia and impaired cerebral autoregulation in a surgical patient with diabetic ketoacidosis.
    Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie , 2005 Mar. : 323-6
  • Vavilala MS, Cummings P, Sharar SR, Quan L
    Association of hospital trauma designation with admission patterns of injured children.
    The Journal of trauma , 2004 July : 119-24; discussion 124
  • Vavilala MS, Lam AM
    CBF reactivity to changes in MAP (cerebral autoregulation) or CO2 (CO2 reactivity) is lost in hypotensive, ventilated, preterm infants.
    Pediatric research , 2004 May : 898; author reply 898-9
  • Bhananker SM, Paek R, Vavilala MS
    Water intoxication and symptomatic hyponatremia after outpatient surgery.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2004 May : 1294-6, table of contents
  • Vavilala MS, Lee LA, Boddu K, Visco E, Newell DW, Zimmerman JJ, Lam AM
    Cerebral autoregulation in pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2004 May : 257-63
  • Rozet I, Vavilala MS, Souter M, Lam AM
    Global cerebral edema and subarachnoid hemorrhage in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.
    Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2004 Apr, : 164-6
  • Vavilala MS
    Society for neurosurgical anesthesia and critical care: 31st annual meeting report.
    Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2004 Apr, : 182-3
  • Lee LA, Vavilala MS, Lam AM, Douville C, Moore A, Visco E, Newell DW
    Ophthalmic artery blood flow velocity increases during hypocapnia.
    Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie , 2004 Apr, : 388-92
  • Kincaid MS, Vavilala MS, Faucher L, Zimmerman J, Heimbach D
    Feeding intolerance as a result of small-intestine intussusception in a child with major burns.
    The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation , 2004 Mar. : 212-4; discussion 211
  • Vavilala MS, Bowen A, Lam AM, Uffman JC, Powell J, Winn HR, Rivara FP
    Blood pressure and outcome after severe pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    The Journal of trauma , 2003 Dec. : 1039-44
  • Vavilala MS, Lee LA, Lam AM
    The lower limit of cerebral autoregulation in children during sevoflurane anesthesia.
    Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2003 Oct. : 307-12
  • Vavilala MS, Lam AM
    Propofol decreases cerebral blood flow velocity in anesthetized children.
    Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie , 2003 May : 527-8; author reply 528
  • Cheng MA, Soriano SG, Vavilala MS, Domino KB
    Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care (SNACC) newsletter: report of the 2002 annual meeting, Orlando, Florida.
    Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2003 Apr, : 165-7
  • Ransom GH, Mann FA, Vavilala MS, Haruff R, Rivara FP
    Cerebral infarct in head injury: relationship to child abuse.
    Child abuse & neglect , 2003 Apr, : 381-92
  • Boddu K, Vavilala MS, Stevenson JG, Lam AM
    The use of transesophageal echocardiography to facilitate removal of a thoracic nail.
    Anesthesia and analgesia , 2002 Sept. : 624-6, table of contents
  • Vavilala MS, Lee LA, Lam AM
    Cerebral blood flow and vascular physiology.
    Anesthesiology clinics of North America , 2002 June : 247-64, v
  • Vavilala MS, Nathens AB, Jurkovich GJ, Mackenzie E, Rivara FP
    Risk factors for venous thromboembolism in pediatric trauma.
    The Journal of trauma , 2002 May : 922-7
  • Vavilala MS, Lam AM
    Perioperative considerations in pediatric traumatic brain injury.
    International anesthesiology clinics , 2002 : 69-87