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Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS

Associate Professor of Anatomy

(317) 955-6245
Evans Center, Room 313B

Sumathilatha Velavan


Dr. Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan is an Associate Professor of Anatomy in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM). Dr. Sakthi Velavan is an experienced clinician and anatomist as an educator of medical students. She primarily teaches anatomy, histology, and pathology to the preclinical osteopathic medical students of MU-COM. She serves as the course director of Essential Clinical Anatomy and Development course at MU-COM.

Dr. Sakthi Velavan is a physician who graduated from a medical institution in India. 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. Apart from providing patient care, she taught various subdisciplines of anatomical sciences in the allopathic medical schools in India for almost ten years. Before joining Marian University, she taught Osteopathic Medical students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. She is passionate about utilizing innovative teaching methodology to facilitate students' learning. Being a clinician, she effectively impacts anatomy education with her clinically oriented teaching.

As a National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) member, Dr. Sakthi Velavan serves as an item writer and reviewer since 2018. She was named a National Association of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) Fellow in the category of Teaching and Evaluation in 2020. Dr. Sakthi Velavan was recognized and awarded Frank Gray Teacher of the year 2017 by Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty of Year 2022 and Advisor of the Year 2022 and 2023 from the SGA of MU-COM. Dr. Sakthi Velavan’s contribution to medical education was recently recognized by the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) of AACOM by SOME Innovation in Medical Educator Award in 2023.

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