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Dr. Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu

MD, FACS

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About Dr. Prag

Dr. Pragatheeshwar Thirunavuakarasu (Dr. Prag) is a surgeon certified in both General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Prag is fellowship-trained in both Surgical Oncology and Hepato-pancreaticobiliary Surgery. 

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Areas of Practice

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Colorectal Cancer

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Liver Cancer

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PancreaticCancer

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Neuroendocrine Tumors

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Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

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Sarcoma

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PalliativeSurgery

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BreastCancer

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HIPEC

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Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery

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Melanoma & Skin Tumors

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Esophageal & Gastric Cancer 

 

Education & Training

1999-2005

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Madras Medical College

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery [M.B.B.S.] (M.D. Equivalent)

2006-2007

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University of Pennslyvania

General Surgery Internship

2007-2013

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University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC)

General Surgery Residency

2009-2011

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Research Fellow

2013-2015

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute (University of Rochester, NY)

Complex General Surgical Oncology

2015-2016

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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery

 
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Certification & Licensure

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Oklahoma State Medical Licensure

Since 2016

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Texas State Medical Licensure

 Since 2015

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New York State Medical Licensure

 Since 2013

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Fellow Of American College 

Since 2019

Memberships In Associations 

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American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons, Oklahoma Chapter

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Society of Surgical Oncology

American College of Surgeons, Oklahoma Chapter

 

Selected Awards

Young Surgeon Research Award of the Western NY Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 

2013

American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship Award                

2009-2011

Kamangar Ethics Award (Washington University at St. Louis)            

2008

Damien Foundation Gold Medal                                                            

2003

Leela Krishnamurthy Award for Best Biomedical Scientific Paper (IABMS)

2000

 
 

Books

David L Bartlett, Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, Matthew D Neal. - ‘Surgical Oncology – Fundamentals, Evidence-based Approaches and New Technology’. (ISBN: 978-93-5025-051-8). Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ld. (New Delhi – St. Louis – Panama City – London)

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Selected Publications

Thirunavukarasu P,

Talati C, Munjal S, Attwood K, Edge SB, Francescutti V. Effect of Incorporation of Pretreatment Serum Carcinoembryonic Antigen Levels into AJCC Staging for Colon Cancer on 5-Year Survival. JAMA Surgery Jun 17, 2015

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Sathaiah M, Sukumar S, Bartels CJ, Zeh H 3rd, Lee KK, Bartlett DL. Meckel’s Diverticulum – A high-risk region for malignancy in the ileum. Insights from a population-based epidemiological study and implications in surgical management. Annals of Surgery. 2010 Feb;253(2):223-30

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Sathaiah M, Gorry MC, O’Malley ME, Ravindranathan R, Austin F, Thorne SH, Guo ZS, Bartlett DL. A Rationally Designed A34R Mutant Oncolytic Poxvirus: Improved Efficacy in Peritoneal Carcinomatosis. Molecular Therapy, 2013. February 26, 2013; doi:10.1038/mt.2013.27

Thirunavukarasu P,

Gabriel E Attwood K, Kukar M, Hochwald SN, Nurkin SJ. Nationwide analysis of short-term surgical outcomes of minimally invasive esophagectomy for malignancy. International Journal of Surgery, Nov 18, 2015

Thirunavukarasu P,

Aloia TA. Preoperative Assessment and Optimization of Future Liver Remnant. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;96(2):197-205

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Sukumar S, Sathaiah M, Mahan M, Pragatheeshwar KD, Pingpank JF, Zeh H, Bartels CJ, Lee KK, Bartlett DL. C-stage in Colon Cancer: Implications of Carcinoembryonic Antigen Biomarker in Staging, Prognosis, and Management. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2011 Apr 20;103(8):689-97

 
 

Videos

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