Associate Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at MCH
Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MCH
Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at MCH
Section Director of Research, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Section Director of Resuscitation, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director of the PALS Program at MCH
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU
A native of India, Dr. Balagangadhar R. Totapally earned his MBBS, MD and DCH degrees (postgraduate diploma in child health) at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Totapally completed his Pediatric Residency at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan, a one year of Fellowship training in Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida.
Dr. Totapally is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Totapally is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) and of the Society of Pediatric Research; he is also a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has published more than forty scientific articles and book chapters and is involved in several current research projects. His present areas of research interest include effects of carbon dioxide in sepsis and resuscitation and neurocritical care monitoring. He is a recipient of several federal and industry-sponsored research grants. He is a research mentor for several fellows, residents and medical students.
Dr. Totapally is actively involved in several committees and quality improvement programs at MCH. He is the Chairman of ICU committee, and a member of the GME, Bioethics and P&T committees. He led the implementation of the Rapid Response Team and the Pediatric Early Warning Scoring at MCH. He has been a physician leader for several blue-chip initiatives of the MCH quality pillar: including, reduction in blood stream infections, ventilator associated pneumonias, and catheter associated UTIs and improved safety of TPN administration. He is the Associate Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at MCH, the Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program and the Medical Director of the PICU. Dr. Totapally is also the Medical Director of PALS program at MCH. He has been an active member of the Florida International University’s College of Medicine Interview Panel since 2009 and has been appointed as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU.
Dr. Totapally actively participates in the national PICU-focus group sponsored by NACHRI and is the MCH Medical Director for the VPS database. In addition, he represents MCH at the national PICU-BSI collaborative. Dr. Totapally oversees MCH participation in the National Registry for CPR (NRCPR).