Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS

Assistant Professor of Anatomy
(317) 955-6245
ssakthivelavan@marian.edu
Evans Center, room #313C

Biography

Sumathilatha VelavanSumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marian University- College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in 2017. Dr. Sakthi Velavan is an experienced clinician and anatomist with over 13 years of experience as an educator of medical students. She primarily teaches Histology and Anatomy to the students of MU-COM.

Dr. Sakthi Velavan is a physician who graduated from one of the prestigious Medical Schools of South India– Madras Medical College in 1999. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sakthi Velavan also further specialized as an Anatomist by completing an academic program of Masters in Surgery in the branch of Anatomy at Madras Medical College, India.

Dr. Sakthi Velavan, apart from being experienced in patient care, also taught Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, and Neuroanatomy in the Medical Schools in India for almost ten years. Being a clinician, she effectively impacts students’ learning with her clinically oriented teaching. Prior to joining Marian University, she was a faculty of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York where she educated Osteopathic Medical students from 2014- 2017. Her innovative teaching methodology and passion to educate and motivate her students were widely appreciated by the students and faculty of this institution. She was recognized and awarded, “Frank Gray Teacher of the year-2017” by Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Clinical/Research Interests

Dr. Sakthi Velavan is immensely interested in the clinical implications of unique and clinically significant human anatomical variations. Her research on Anatomical variations contributes not only to the field of Anatomy but also to the clinical specialties, that depend heavily on the knowledge of Anatomy. Her primary research was on the variability of the branching pattern of a major pelvic vessel, the internal iliac artery, and its branches. She has presented and published her findings in many academic conferences and specialty journals. She was the pioneer of multiple research projects on Anatomical variations at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sakthi Velavan has guided twenty medical students in their research and directed their scholarly activities.

Dr. Sakthi-Velavan is also interested in research on innovative teaching methodology in medical education. Appropriate use of cadaveric dissection combined with innovative teaching is the need of present day’s Anatomy curriculum. In this regard, she conducted a study on, ‘Lab Videos in Anatomy Education: Students’ perception and performance.’ The present day’s Medical Curriculum requires the medical students to be best prepared to offer quality health care. Being an experienced Anatomist, she has delivered invited lectures on Anatomy Education related topics. Dr. Sakthi Velavan also serves as a peer reviewer for six specialty journals.

Publications

Double Inferior vena cava with variant hemiazygos vein – A case report. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 2017, vol. 122(2), 121-126.

Nonrotation of the intestine: embryological and clinical correlation. International journal of anatomical variations, 2017, vol. 10(3), 53-54.

Flipped classroom technology: Changing trends and future of medical education in developing countries. International educational scientific research journal, 2017, vol. 3 (10) 38- 39.

Variability in the branching pattern of the internal iliac artery in Indian population and its clinical importance. Anatomy Research International, 2014, Article ID 597103, doi:10.1155/2014/597103.

Multiple variations of internal iliac artery – A case report. Journal of the Anatomical Society of India, 2014, vol. 63 (1), 89 – 91.

Variability of the obturator artery and its surgical implications in South Indian population. European journal of Anatomy, 2013, vol. 17(3), 159 – 165.

Patency of Accessory pancreatic duct and its relation with duodenal interpapillary distance. Indian journal of Gastroenterology. 2012, 31(1), 24 -26.

An unusual variation of extra hepatic biliary ductal system: Hepaticocystic duct. Journal of clinical and diagnostic research, 2011, vol. 5(5), 984 -985.

Anatomical Variations in the extra Hepatic biliary ductal system. Journal of Anatomical Society of India, 2011, 60(1), 50-52.

A cadaveric study of sciatic nerve and its level of bifurcation. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic research, 2011, vol. 5(8), 1502 -1504.

Corona mortis - a case report with surgical implications. International Journal of Anatomical Variations, 2010, vol. 3, 103.

Branching pattern of fetal internal iliac artery. Argentine jl of clinical anatomy, 2010, 2(3):100-105.

The ductal pattern in annular pancreas – a cadaveric study. IJBMS, 2010 vol. 1(4).

Abstract Publications

Accessory brachial Artery – A unique variant -  FASEB J April 2017 31:896.8

Bilateral Accessory Lung Fissures with a Variant Left Bronchial Tree- FASEB J April 2017 31:897.3

Hepato-Diaphragmatic Interposition of the Cecum: A Rare Variant - FASEB J April 2017 31:898.2

Nonrotation of the Intestine: Embryological and Clinical Correlation - FASEB J April 2017 31:898.10

Lab Videos in Anatomy Education: Effect on Students’ perception and performance. Clinical Anatomy; 6 Dec 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/ca.22801

An aberrant right subclavian artery – A case report. Clinical Anatomy; 6 Dec 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/ca.22801

Anterotracheal right common carotid artery with retro esophageal right subclavian artery. Clinical Anatomy; 6 Dec 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/ca.22801

Aberrant origin of the Azygos vein with the absence of hemiazygos and accessory hemiazygos veins. Clinical Anatomy; 6 Dec 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/ca.22801

Double Inferior vena cava with anomalous hemiazygos vein – A case report. The FASEB Journal 29 (1), 2015.

Variability in the branching pattern of internal iliac artery in Indian population. Anatomy (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy) 2010; Suppl 1; pg. 32.

Branching pattern of fetal internal iliac artery. Anatomy (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy) 2010; Suppl 1; pg. 59

Scientific Presentations

‘Embryology in Anatomy Education: Challenges and Trends’ – Webinar to be presented in the international Conference of ‘Genesis 2017’ at Saveetha Medical College, India, February 2017.

Accessory brachial Artery – A unique variant - Experimental Biology, April 2017

Bilateral Accessory Lung Fissures with a Variant Left Bronchial Tree- Experimental Biology, April 2017

Hepato-Diaphragmatic Interposition of the Cecum: A Rare Variant - Experimental Biology, April 2017

Nonrotation of the Intestine: Embryological and Clinical Correlation - Experimental Biology, April 2017

 ‘Technology in Anatomy Education: Changing Trends’ – A Webinar presented at International Conference of Anatomy held at Chennai, India in September 2016.

‘Trigeminal Nerve – Connections and Clinical Anatomy’ – A guest lecture delivered at Madras Medical College, Chennai, India in July, 2016.

 ‘Lab Videos in Anatomy Education: Effect on Students’ perception and performance’ 33rd Annual conference of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, June 2016.

‘An aberrant right subclavian artery’ – 33rd Annual conference of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, June 2016.

‘Anterotracheal right common carotid artery with retro esophageal right subclavian artery’ - 33rd Annual conference of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, June 2016.

‘Aberrant origin of the Azygos vein with the absence of hemiazygos and accessory hemiazygos veins’ 33rd Annual conference of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, June 2016.

‘Emerging technology in infertility” – A guest lecture delivered to the OB/GYN group at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York in November 2015.

 ‘Double Inferior vena cava with anomalous hemiazygos vein – A case report’ – EB 2015 Boston.

‘Obturator artery – Variability and surgical implications’ - 33rd Annual conference of    Association of Anatomists-TamilNadu at KVIMC, 2010.

‘Variability in the branching pattern of internal iliac artery in Indian population’ - International Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology Conference, Singapore, 2010.

‘Corona mortis and its surgical implications’ - 31st Annual conference of Association of Anatomists-TamilNadu, Sri Ramachandra medical college, 2008.

‘Abnormal communication between musculocutaneous nerve and median nerve’ - 29th Annual conference of Association of Anatomists-TamilNadu, Sree Balaji Medical College, 2006.

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