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Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS

Associate Professor of Anatomy
(317) 955-6245
Evans Center, Room 313B


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 andother clinical specialties, which depend heavily on the expertise of Anatomy. Dr. Sakthi Velavan has guided over fifty medical students of TouroCOM and MU-COM to research clinically significant anatomical variations and directed their scholarly activities. Most 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 medical education research includes analyzing the effectiveness of integrating virtual microscopy podcasts in Histology teaching in Osteopathic medical education was recognized by the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) of AACOM by SOME Innovation in Medical Educator Award. Dr. Sakthi-Velavan, in collaboration with her peer faculty, is currently involved in a study on integrated learning activity assessments and their impact on students’ learning outcomes.

Recent Publications

Dykstra, C., Dwenger, E., Parent, E., Sakthi Velavan, S. Extracranial hypoglossal neurofibroma with a variant ansa cervicalis: a case report. Surgical and Radiological Anatomy, 2023, 45, 297-302.

Kosnik, N., Kowalski, T., Lorenz, L., Valacer, M., Sakthi Velavan, S. (2023). Anatomicalreview of internal jugular vein cannulation. Folia Morphologica, Published online.

Sakthi-Velavan S, Zahl S. Integration of Virtual Microscopy Podcasts in the Histology Discipline in Osteopathic Medical School: Learning Outcomes. Anat Sci Educ. 2022 April 2. doi: 10.1002/ase.2181

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 Vascular Medicine, 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.

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