Amrita Sarpal

Amrita Sarpal FRCPC,MD

Senior Pediatric Critical Care Attendee Years Of Experience: 17
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • About the Physician

    Dr. Sarpal joined Sidra Medicine in February 2019 as a senior pediatric critical care attendee with dual training in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric palliative care medicine.   She came from the University of Western Ontario where she had been a practicing pediatric intensivist for approximately six years.

    She is the subspecialty fellowship program director for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  Her clinical and academic interests include improving patient care through improved written and verbal communication, as well as through enhancements to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.

    Combining her passion for critical care, medical education along with her skills as an executive coach, her research focus includes postgraduate medical education, communication, health care provider distress and building resilience.

    Languages Spoken

    English

    Years Of Experience
    17
    Education
    • Bachelors of General Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1997-2001
    • Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2001-2004
    • General Pediatric Residency, Alberta Children’s Hospital/University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2004-2008
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, BC Children’s Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2009-2010
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, Feb-Aug 2011
    • Pediatric Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship, Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia, Aug 2011-Feb 2012
    Affiliations
    • Doctor of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada
    • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canada
    Areas of Interest
    • Provision of end of life care
    • Goals of Care discussions
    • Pediatric palliative care
    • Health care Provider well being
    • Communication
    • Solution Focused Coaching
    Educational Interests
    • Postgraduate medical education, personal/professional growth and development
    Medical Publications (selected publications for last 5 years)
    • Gofton T.E., Chum M, Schulz V, Sarpal A, Watling C.. Challenges facing palliative neurology practice and education: a qualitative analysis. J Neurol Sci. 2018 Feb 15;385:225-231. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2017.12.008. Epub 2017 Dec 7. PMID: 29277430
    • Mott C, Sarpal A, Moss K, Herbert A. Methadone for Analgesia in Children with Life-Limiting Illness: Experience from a Tertiary Children's Health Service. Children (Basel). 2018;5(7):86. doi: 10.3390/children5070086. PMID: 29954057
    • Foster JR, AlOthmani F, Seabrook J, AlOfisan T, AlGarni Y, Sarpal A. Parental Presence at the Bedside of Critically Ill Children in a Unit with Unrestricted Visitation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018; 19(8):e387-e393. DOI:10.1097/PCC.0000000000001597 PMID:29894446
    • Roach-Fox E, Welisch E, Sarpal A.  Autonomic instability in a dehydrated child on guanfacine: Case report and literature review. Paediatr Child Health. 2018;23(2):89-91. https://doi.org/10.1093/pch/pxx172 Epub 2017 Nov 28 PMID: 29686490
    • Sarpal A, Gofton T. Addressing the competency of breaking bad news: What are Canadian general paediatric residency programs currently doing, Paediatr Child Health. 2019; 24(3):173-178; Epub Oct 2018; https://doi.org/10.1093/pch/pxy124
    • Spinella PC, Tucci M, Fergusson D, Lacroix J, Hébert P, Leteurtre S, Schechtman K, Doctor A, Berg R, Bockelmann, Caro J, Chiusolo F, Clayton L, Cholette JM, Guerra GG, Josephson C, Menon K, Muszynski JA, Nellis ME, Sarpal A, Schafer S, Steiner ME, Turgeon AF, ABC-PICU Investigators, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, the BloodNet Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network and the Groupe Francophone de Ranimation et Urgences P. Effect of Fresh vs Standard-issue Red Blood Cell Transfusions on Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  JAMA. 2019 Dec 10;322(22):2179-2190. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.17478.
    • Sarpal A, Schulz V, Gofton T. A Pilot Cross-Discipline Evidence-Based Palliative Care Curriculum for Post-Graduate Medical Trainees. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020; 60(3):678-687. Epub 16 May 2020; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.05.009

    ABSTRACTS

    • Al-Othmani F, Sarpal A, Seabrook JA, Alofisan T, Algarni Y, Foster J. Extrinsic Factors Affecting Parental Presence at the Bedside in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 1st Royal Hospital International Conference. Feb 3-5, 2018. Muscat, Oman. (Poster, abstract and oral presentation)
    • Gofton TE, Stewart SH, Yeung Laiwah J, Schulz V, Sarpal A. An Evidence-Based Supportive and Palliative Care Curriculum for Canadian Neurology Residents. Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. June 24-27, 2018. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Poster and abstract)
    • Sloof N, Miller M, Sarpal A. Epidemiology of death in a single PICU over 15 years. Canadian Critical Care Forum November 2018. Canadian Critical Care Forum November 7-9, 2018.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Poster, oral presentation and abstract)
    • Spinella PC, Tucci M, Fergusson DA, Lacroix J, Hébert PC, Leteurtre S, Schechtman KB, Doctor A, Berg RA, Bockelmann T, Caro JJ, Chiusolo F, Clayton L, Cholette J, Guerra GG, Josephson CD, Menon K, Muszynski JA, Nellis ME, Sarpal A, Schafer S, Steiner ME, Turgeon AF, for the ABC-PICU Investigators, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, the BloodNet Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network, and the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et Urgences Pédiatriques. Age of Blood in Children in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (ABC-PICU): a randomized clinical trial, American Association of Blood Bankers (AABB)  San Antonio, TX, Oct 19-22, 2019. Transfusion 2019 Vol. 59 Supplement S3 : 9A    
    • Tucci M,  Spinella PC, Fergusson DA, Lacroix J, Hébert PC, Leteurtre S, Schechtman KB, Doctor A, Berg RA, Bockelmann T, Caro JJ, Chiusolo F, Clayton L, Cholette J, Guerra GG, Josephson CD, Menon K, Muszynski JA, Nellis ME, Sarpal A, Schafer S, Steiner ME, Turgeon AF, for the ABC-PICU Investigators, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, the BloodNet Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network, and the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et Urgences Pédiatriques.  Évaluation de l’effet de la durée d’entreposage des concentrés érythrocytaires (CE) sur la morbidité des enfants transfusés en réanimation pédiatriques. Société de Réanimation de Lanque Française (SRLF), Paris, 6 février 2020. Annals of Intensive Care 2020 10(Suppl 1):16
    • Spinella PC, Tucci M, Fergusson DA, Lacroix J, Hébert PC, Leteurtre S, Schechtman KB, Doctor A, Berg RA, Bockelmann T, Caro JJ, Chiusolo F, Clayton L, Cholette J, Guerra GG, Josephson CD, Menon K, Muszynski JA, Nellis ME, Sarpal A, Schafer S, Steiner ME, Turgeon AF, for the ABC-PICU Investigators, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, the BloodNet Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network, and the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et Urgences Pédiatriques. Effect of fresh vs standard-issue red blood cell transfusions in critically ill children: A Randomized Clinical Trial, Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2020 Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, May 2-5, 2020. Accepted (conference cancelled due to COVID-19)
    • Sharahil NKB, Tuffaha A, Sarpal A, Durward A, Brisseau G, Owens C,  Pugh D, Robinson A, Mifsud W, Abu-Hasan M. Localized persistent pulmonary interstitial emphysema in a term infant. American Thoracic Society 2020 meeting. Philadelphia, PA, USA. Shifted to virtual due to COVID-19. Content available August 5-November 10, 2020. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on May 1, 2020
    • Rashid A, Ismail J, Sarpal A, Shaikh MG, Benakatti G, Hussain A. The Neisseria Transcriptome in Septic Shock in Infants, a Force in Precision Cellular Dysfunction Detection? PCCS Conference UK (October 2021) Poster
    • Rehman A, Rashid A, Sarpal A, Shaikh MG, Ismail J, Zaki SA, Eldesouky H, Hussain A. Heat Shock Transcription Factor Gene Expression in Paediatric and Adult Severe Sepsis. PCCS Conference UK (October 2021) Poster
    • Rashid A, Ismail J, Sarpal A, Shaikh MG, Benakatti G, Hussain A. The Neisseria Transcriptome in Septic Shock in Infants, a Force in Precision Cellular Dysfunction Detection? Meningococcal Research Foundation Conference UK (October 2021) (Poster)
    • Rashid A, Malik ZA, Khilnani P, Sharief J, Kadwa R, Brusletto BS, Toufiq M, Nadeem R, Sarpal A, Chaussabel D, Malik RA, Quraishi N, Benakatti G, Zaki SA, Uddin MJ, Ogrodzki P, Shaikh MJ, Hussain S, Nawaz A, Hussain A. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. The Transcriptome in Infants with Meningococcal Septic Shock: A Force in Precision Cellular Dysfunction Suggesting a Cytokine Storm? July 2022 (Presentation)
    • Rashid A, Malik ZA, Khilnani P, Sharief J, Kadwa R, Brusletto BS, Toufiq M, Nadeem R, Sarpal A, Chaussabel D, Malik RA, Quraishi N, Benakatti G, Zaki SA, Uddin MJ, Ogrodzki P, Shaikh MJ, Hussain S, Nawaz A, Hussain A. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. Heat Shock Transcription Factor Gene Expression in Paediatric and Adult Severe Sepsis July 2022 (Presentation)
    • Rashid A, Malik ZA, Khilnani P, Sharief J, Kadwa R, Brusletto BS, Toufiq M, Nadeem R, Sarpal A, Chaussabel D, Malik RA, Quraishi N, Benakatti G, Zaki SA, Uddin MJ, Ogrodzki P, Shaikh MJ, Hussain S, Nawaz A, Hussain A. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A and B Inverse Gene-Expression in Kawasaki Disease and MIS-C a Clue to a Counter-Regulatory Mechanism in Pathogenesis? July 2022 (Presentation)
    • Rashid A, Malik ZA, Khilnani P, Sharief J, Kadwa R, Brusletto BS, Toufiq M, Nadeem R, Sarpal A, Chaussabel D, Malik RA, Quraishi N, Benakatti G, Zaki SA, Uddin MJ, Ogrodzki P, Shaikh MJ, Hussain S, Nawaz A, Hussain A. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. In-vitro and In-vivoVascular Endothelial Growth Factor Subtypes A & B in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome PathogenesisJuly 2022 (Presentation)
    • Sarpal A, Ramirez K, Kumari, S, Mendes J. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. Impact of an Electronic Medical Record based Clinical Care Bundle on the Rate of CLABSIs in Critically Ill Children. July 2022 (Poster)
    • Sarpal A, Haynes C, Hicban K, Durward A. World Federation Paediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress 2022. Reducing Patient Harm with Correct Application of Clinical Alarm Systems within the PICU and CICU. July 2022 (Poster)