Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS joined the department of biomedical sciences at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) as an assistant professor of anatomy in 2017. Dr. Sakthi Velavan is an experienced clinician and anatomist with 15 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 master's 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 2014-17. Her innovative teaching methodology and passion to educate and motivate her students was 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.
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 guided twenty medical students in their research and directed their scholarly activities. At Marian University, she oversees the research activity of Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) students, who research on clinically significant anatomical variations and some of her students have presented at two annual meetings of American Association of Clinical Anatomists. She also guides them through the process of continuing their research interests and transforming their work into peer-reviewed research publications.
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 anatomy curriculum. In this regard, she conducted a study on, ‘Lab Videos in Anatomy Education: Students’ perception and performance.’ The study was based on augmenting anatomy laboratory teaching with a superior tool. Being an experienced anatomist, She has been invited by anatomical organizations and academic institutions to deliver lectures on anatomy education related topics. Dr. Sakthi Velavan also serves as a peer reviewer of six specialty journals.
The effectiveness of Anatomy laboratory videos on Osteopathic medical students’ performance. MedEdPublish, 2018, 7(3): 79.
Unilateral rectus thoracis muscle with clinical implications. Int J Anat Var. 2018, 11(4):129-130.
Hepatic Morphology: variations and its clinical importance. European Journal of Anatomy, 2018, 22(3): 195-201.
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), pg 89 – 91.
Variability of the obturator artery and its surgical implications in South Indian population. European journal of Anatomy, 2013, vol 17(3), pg 159 – 165.