Ovum Hospitals / Academia
  • Nursing Conference: Ovum Hospitals organized Nursing Conference with a theme – Delivering Nursing Care – The Right Way, on 6th Dec 2019. The conference was attended by over 100 nursing professionals from across healthcare facilities in Bangalore and attended by Consultants from Cloud9, Motherhood hospital, Apollo Cradle, Fortis La Femme.
  • Panel Discussions on Perinatal Collaboration Care and Evolving role of Nurse Managers – Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Clinical Presentations: Topics included – Delivering Birthing Care – The Right Way, Best Peri Partum Nursing Care, Code Blue (Emergency Care), Post Natal Management of High-Risk Babies.

Publications & Presentations

  • Abstract Title: Reduction of Hypothermia in Transported Neonates at admission by ‘5-point protocol’ in a Tertiary care center in South India – A Nursing Team led Quality Improvement Initiative
    Session Title: NICU QI and Safety: The DR, Glucose, and Nutrition for the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2020 Meeting, May 2-5, 2020, in Philadelphia, PA.
    By Dr Shivshankar Diggikar MBBS, MD, FIPM ( IAP), Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (RCPCH Affiliate, London), Neonatal Consultant, Ovum Hospitals
  • Abstract – CORRELATION OF SPERM DNA DAMAGE WITH BLASTOCYST FORMATION- A SYSTEMIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS. Selected for Oral Presentation at Fertivision 2018, Kochi, Kerala, held between 14-16 December 2018 at Hotel Le Meridien, Kochi.
    Presented by: Dr Srisailesh and Dr Shivranjani (Please add there profile details)
  • Abstract – G26(P) To reduce the incidence of hypothermia to <10% in babies delivered through caesarean section and with gestational age >32 weeks. over a period of 6 months. 
  • Through QI approaches :
    Published in BMJ Journals – Dr.Venkat.S.Reddy, Consultant Paediatric & Neonatologist, Ovum Hospitals.
  • Poster Presentation at RCPCH conference Birmingham 2019 on G26(P) To reduce the incidence of hypothermia to <10% in babies delivered through caesarean section and with gestational age >32 weeks. over a period of 6 months – By Dr.Venkat.S.Reddy, Consultant Paediatric & Neonatologist, Ovum Hospitals.


  • National Neoneurocon: 3rd best research paper “Feasibility of minimal enteral nutrition during therapeutic hypothermia for perinatal asphyxia: one-year experience”
    This retrospective study was the first Indian experience in feeding during therapeutic hypothermia. This study was a collective effort of two centres by Dr. Narendra and Dr. Abhishek under the guidance of Dr. Praveen Venkatagiri. This was presented at Paper Presentation Competition at National Neoneurocon held in July 2018 and was awarded 3rd best paper.
  • State-level Nexpress: 2nd best research awardReducing Healthcare-associated infections by improving compliance to Aseptic non-touch technique in Intravenous line maintenance: A quality improvement approach”
    This Quality Improvement project was a nurse-driven project led by Dr. Abhishek. Ms.Savitri, NICU nurse presented at the state level “Nexpress” Research Paper Presentation held at St. John’s Hospital on 22nd March 2019 and won second place.

Publications with Ovum affiliation

  • Maternal dexamethasone before preterm births: implications for lower-middle-income countries. The Lancet Jan 2020. Authors- Sahoo T, Abhishek S Aradhya
    This article summarized the challenges of antenatal steroids in Lower-middle income countries and summarized the advantages of Dexamethasone over Betamethasone in a reputed journal.
  • Respiratory failure in a newborn. IAP textbook of pediatric and neonatal emergencies. Publisher: Jaypee. December 2019. Authors- Abhishek S Aradhya, Praveen Venkatagiri
    This chapter summarises the causes and management of the common problem in neonates.
  • In response to Surfactant therapy in premature babies: SurE or InSurE. Pediatric pulmonology. December 2019. Authors- Abhishek S Aradhya, Shivshankar Diggikar, Srikant Kulkarni, Praveen Venkatagiri
    This article was a critical appraisal of less invasive surfactant delivery in preterm.
  • UPDATE: International Guidelines 2020 for the Management of Septic Shock in Children. Indian Pediatrics July 2020. Authors- Sahoo T, Abhishek S Aradhya, Krishnamohan Gulla.
    This article summarizes the surviving sepsis guidelines of 2020 with implications to our nation.

Our doctors in an effort to give Evidence Based Care to the patients are engaged in research (primary or secondary) activities. We have publications in reputed national and international journals since inception. Our trainee doctors too present quality research papers in national and international conferences.

List of Publications:

Diggikar S , Nagesh K, Kumar A, Aladangady N. A study comparing short-term outcome in preterm infants of ≤30 weeks gestation between a tertiary neonatal care unit in Bangalore, India and one in London, UK : Paediatrics and International Child Health March 2022
Shivashankar Diggikar, MD, MRCPCH, Roshani Krishnegowda, MD, Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Literature Review, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Volume 68, Issue 2, April 2022, fmac016,
Shah PA, Govindarajan V, Diggikar S, Rangaiah A, Devadas S, Kariyappa M. Exploring the Skin Mycobiome in Very Preterm babies during the early neonatal period in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of India. Trop Doct. 2022 Feb 7:494755221077520. doi: 10.1177/00494755221077520. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35125017.
Diggikar S, Nanjegowda R,  Kumar A et al. Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome secondary to SARS- CoV-2 infection. J Paediatr Child Health. 2021 Aug 13;10.1111/jpc.15696.doi: 10.1111/jpc.15696.
Pritik A Shah, MBBS, Varun Govindarajan, MBBS, MD, Ambica Rangaiah, MBBS, MD, Shivashankar Diggikar, MD, MRCPCH, Sahana Devadas, MBBS, MD, Sneha K Chunchanur, MBBS, MD, Sathyanarayan Muthur Shankar, MBBS, MD, Subhadeep Das, Ph.D, Mallesh Kariyappa, MD, DM, Mycobacterium Species on the Cutaneous Microbiome of Very Preterm Neonates, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Volume 68, Issue 2, April 2022, fmac020, of Form
Diggikar S, Aradhya AS, LokanadhaReddy V, Jaganathan P, Mulage L. Risk Factors for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in a Level-III Neonatal Unit. Indian J Pediatr. 2021 May;88(5):497-498. doi: 10.1007/s12098-021-03664-1. Epub 2021 Jan 14. PMID: 33447931.
Somasekhara Aradhya A, Diggikar S, Kulkarni S, Venkatagiri P. In response to: Surfactant therapy in premature babies: SurE or InSurE. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Jan;55(1):17. doi: 10.1002/ppul.24572. Epub 2019 Dec 9. PMID: 31816198.
Diggikar, Shivashankar et al. “ Hypothermia reduction during neonatal transport in a tertiary care center in South India: a quality improvement initiative.” International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics 8 (2021): 659. (Presented in PAS 2020)
Diggikar S , Somasekhara Aradhya A, , Kulkarni S, Venkatagiri P. “ Use of antenatal magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection: a survey of national practices.” International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics 8 (2021): 744.


Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy in Low- and Middle-Income countries – A review.

Shivashankar Diggikar MD, MRCPCH., Roshani Krishnegowda MD (Presentor)

(PAS April 2022 – Poster presentation, Denver , USA)

2 “Reduction of Hypothermia in transported Neonates at admission by ‘5-point protocol’ in a Tertiary care center in South India – A Nursing Team led Quality Improvement Initiative”

Dr Shivashankar D (Presentor), Nirmala Shalet, Priya S, Dr Praveen.V (E-Pediatric Academy Society 2020, Philadelphia, USA)

3 The Burden of Antibiotic Resistance and Inappropriate Initial Antibiotic Selection in Neonatal Sepsis in South India Abhishek S Aradhya (Presentor) , Bharathi B, Prathik BH, Shivashankar D, Vimal K, Krithika MV, Gautham KS, Resist Study group (E-Pediatric Academy Society 2021, USA)
4 Mycobacterium species on the cutaneous microbiome of very preterm neonates admitted to the NICU in a Tertiary Health Care Hospital: Pritik A Shah (Presentor) , Varun Govindraju, Shivashankar D, Sahana Devadas. Conference: 13th International Symposium on Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance At: Seoul, Korea (2021).
5 Skin Microbiome in Septic and Clean preterm Neonates – A pilot study .Varun Govindraju (Presentor) , Pritik A Shah,  Shivashakar D, Sahana Devadas. Hot topics in Neonatology 2021
6 Risk factors for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in a Level III Neonatal unit in India . Lokanadha reddy (Presentor), Shivshankar Diggikar, Srikanth. K, Abhishek A, Praveen. V

(Karneocon 2019, Bijapur)

7 Comparison of quality of fluid prescription in EMR(Nucelus) versus Drug chart in Neonatal intensive care unit. Vimal Kumar (Presentor), Srikant.K, Shivshankar D, Praveen.V. (Karnecon 2020, Bijapur)

We have Our NICU is state of art Level 3A Neonatal care unit (NNF accredited) which caters to all sick babies from 23 weeks of gestational age. We have about 250-300 admissions per annum who get admitted from across the Bangalore. Our outcomes for babies less than 28 weeks are comparable to the western world . This is the 4th successful year into our fellowship programme.

Facilities available : 16 bedded NICU , 4 Ventilator ( 2 HFOV) Cots, 3 CPAP cots, Inhaled Nitric oxide system (INOSYS), Bedside Chest xray, USG ,Blood gas machine, round the clock, Paediatric surgery team  on Call.

Cardiologist/Neurologist/Orthopaedic/Endocrinologist and Geneticist,  are available.

NETS : 24* 7 Neonatal Emergency Transport service with  Transport incubator and Ventilator. Candidates will have fairly good experience in Neonatal transport in 1 year. ( Short and long distant)

 Other services: Child Developmental Clinic (BSID IV – Learning), Lactational services, Family cantered Care etc.

Weekly teaching programme (Journal Clubs. Seminars, Biostatistics), Candidates are allowed to carry out short thesis for research experience (1 paper presentation in national conference is mandatory).

Candidates will be allowed to lead NICU rounds once a week to gain more confidence.

 Team of Doctors: We have dedicated neonatal team comprising of 2 full time consultants and 4 duty doctors who are available 24*7.

Programme Details:

1.Programme Name: NNF Fellowship in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

   Duration: 1 year (MD/DNB), 1.5 years (DCH)

   Post: 2 per year

 2.Programme Name: NNF Fellowship in Neonatal Nursing Care

    Duration: 1 year

    Post: 4 per year

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