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Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS

Assistant Professor of Anatomy
(317) 955-6245
Evans Center, Room 313C


Sumathilatha Velavan

Clinical/Research Interests

Dr. Sakthi Velavan is immensely interested in researching rare yet clinically significant anatomical variations. Accurate knowledge of these variations is essential to improve clinical diagnosis and the quality of medical intervention. She has presented and published her findings in many academic conferences and peer-reviewed specialty journals. Her research output has contributed to the existing knowledge of Anatomy and other clinical specialties, which depend heavily on the expertise of Anatomy. Dr. Sakthi Velavan has guided over thirty medical students of TouroCOM and MU-COM to research clinically significant anatomical variations and directed their scholarly activities. Under her mentorship, over twenty of her mentees have presented annual meetings of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and transformed their work into peer-reviewed research publications.

Dr. Sakthi Velavan is also interested in research on innovative medical education. Her current medical education research includes analyzing the effectiveness of integrating virtual microscopy podcasts in Histology teaching in Osteopathic medical education. Histology education has migrated from teaching using microscopes to a digital approach, and online teaching modules replace histology laboratories. The virtual microscopy podcasts (VMPs) are narrative recordings of digital histology images. The study analyzes the impact of VMPs on students' perception and their academic performance in the histology discipline. 

Recent Publications

Bennett K, Vincent T, Sakthi-Velavan S. The patellar ligament: A comprehensive review. Clin Anat. 2022 Jan;35(1):52-64.

Baugher E, Batarseh T, Becker A, Cantu A, Carr E, Sakthi Velavan S, Multiple Osteochondromas Comorbid With Enlarged Parietal Foramina, Elongated Styloid Processes, and Tibiofibular Synostosis: A Case Report and Review of Literature, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2021;aqa a282.

Schmid A, Petrovic M, Akella K, Pareddy A, Sakthi Velavan S, "Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Myocardial Injury, Coagulopathy, and Other Potential Cardiovascular Implications of COVID-19", International Journal of VascularMedicine, vol. 2021, ArticleID 6693895, 16 pages, 2021.

Duraipandian-Sendiladibban S, Hoban K, Sakthi-Velavan S, et al. (December 30, 2020) A Unique Case of Popliteal Artery Thrombosis in Isolated Prothrombin Gene Mutation. Cureus 12(12): e12376.

Gencheva R, Gibson B, Garugu S, Forrest A, Sakthi-Velavan S, A unilateral pelvic kidney with variant vasculature: clinical significance, Journal of Surgical Case Reports, Volume 2019, Issue 11, November 2019.

Sieger J, Patel L, Sheikh K, Parker E, Sheng M, Sakthi-Velavan S. Superficial brachioulnar artery and its clinical significance. Anat Cell Biol. 2019;52(3):333-336.

Hoban KJ, Holcomb KJ, Holst G, lbezim KO, Sakthi-Velavan S. Bilateral variant hamstring musculature with unilateral variant sciatic nerve," Eur J Anat 2019; 23(3):227-232.

Sakthi-Velavan S. A unique variation of the musculocutaneous nerve and median nerve and its clinical significance," J Exp Clin Anat 2018; 17:41-4.

Sakthi Velavan S, Castellanos B. The Effectiveness of Anatomy Laboratory Videos on Osteopathic Medical Students' Performance. MedEdPublish, 2018, 7(3): 79.

Chin J, O'Toole P, Lin J, Sakthi Velavan S. Hepatic Morphology: variations and its clinical importance. European Journal of Anatomy, 2018, 22(3): 195-201.

Sakthi Velavan S, Castellanos B, Rich S, Goldberg R. Double inferior vena cava with variant hemiazygos vein – a case report. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 2017, 122(2): 121-126.

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