The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, received a Distinguished Career Award from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) at the organization’s 2013 national conference and exhibition.

Dr. Nadkarni’s “efforts and passion for advancing the field of critical care medicine worldwide have facilitated learning, idea generation, and he has championed change which has helped save lives,” said CHOP’s Chief of Critical Care Medicine Robert Berg, MD.

Dr. Nadkarni is a leading critical care and resuscitation science researcher and medical director of the CHOP Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation. Earlier this year, he contributed to a study published in Circulation that showed extending cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) longer than previously thought useful can save lives in children and adults.

After analyzing the hospital records of 3,419 children in the U.S. and Canada from 2000 through 2009, the investigators found that among children who experienced in-hospital cardiac arrest, more children than expected survived after prolonged CPR. These results challenge the conventional thinking that CPR is futile after 20 minutes, said Dr. Berg, who co-authored the study.

In addition to his roles at CHOP, Dr. Nadkarni is associate director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Resuscitation Science, and he serves on the boards and committees of a number of professional and charitable organizations, including Operation Smile.

Dr. Nadkarni received his award from the AAP’s Section on Critical Care, which has the mission of optimizing the care of critically ill and injured children of all ages through the educational and professional support of its members.