Akira Nishisaki, MD, MSCE

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Akira Nishisaki, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Simulation-based education and research, Pediatric airway management, Bedside ultrasound
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan


Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Associate Medical Director for Clinical Implementation Programs, Critical Care Medicine

Co-Medical Director, Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Simulation-based education, Remote simulation, Quality and safety in pediatric airway management, Bedside Ultrasound




Johnston L, Sawyer T, Nishisaki A, Whitifill T, Ades A, French H, Glass, Dadiz R, Bruno C, Levit O, Gangaharan S, Scherzer D, Moussa A, Auerbach M, INSPIRE Research Network: Neonatal intubation competency assessment tool: Development and validation. Academic Pediatrics 19(2):157-164, March 2019.

Ozawa Y, Ades A, Foglia EE, DeMeo S, Barry J, Sawyer T, Singh N, Glass K, Jung P, Quek BH, Johnston L, Kim J, Napolitano N, Shults J, Nadkarni VM, Nishisaki A; National Emergency Airway Registry for Neonates (NEAR4NEOS) Investigators: Premedication with neuromuscular blockade and sedation during neonatal intubation is associated with fewer adverse events. J Perinatol. 2019 Jun;39(6):848-856. doi: 10.1038/s41372-019-0367-0. Epub 2019 Apr 2.

Foglia E, Ades, A, Sawyer T, Glass K, Singh N, Jung P, Quek BH, Johnston L, Barry J, Zenge J, Moussa A, Kim JH, Demeo S, Napolitano N, Nadkarni VM, Nishisaki A: Neonatal intubation practice and outcomes: An International Registry Study. Pediatrics 143(1):e20180902, January 2019.

Lee JH, Nuthall G, Ikeyama T, Saito O, Mok YH, Shepherd M, Jung P, Shetty R, Thyagarajan S, Nett S, Napolitano N, Nadkarni VM, Nishisaki A for the National Emergency Airway Registry for Children (NEAR4KIDS) and Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI): Tracheal intubation practice and safety across international PICUs. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 20(1):1-8, January 2019.

Mokhateb-Rafii Tanya, Bakar A, Gangadharan Sandeep, Gradidge EA, Tellez D, Ruppe M, Tallent S, Bird GL, Lavin N, Lee A, Napolitano N, Nadkarni VM, Shults J, Nishisaki A; for the National Emergency Airway Registry for Children (NEAR4KIDS) and Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI): Hemodynamic impact of oxygen desaturation during tracheal intubation among critically ill children with cyanotic and noncyanotic heart disease.  Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 20(1):19-26, January 2019.


Glau CL, Conlon TW, Himebauch AS, Yehya N, Weiss SL, Berg RA. Nishisaki A: Progressive diaphragm atrophy in pediatric acute respiratory failure. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 19(5):406-411, May 2018