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. 

About Dr. Prag

 

Areas of Practice

Colorectal

Cancer

Liver Cancer

Pancreatic

Cancer

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Esophageal & Gastric Cancer 

Breast

Cancer

Sarcoma

Melanoma & Skin Tumors

HIPEC

Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

Palliative

Surgery

Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery

Education & Training

Madras Medical College

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

1999-2005

University of Pennslyvania

2006-2007

General Surgery Internship

University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC)

2007-2013

General Surgery Residency

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

2009-2011

Research Fellow

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (University of Rochester, NY)

2013-2015

Complex General Surgical Oncology

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

2015-2016

Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery

 

Certification & Licensure

Oklahoma State Medical Licensure

2016-2020

Texas State Medical Licensure

2015-2021

New York State Medical Licensure

2013-2020

Fellow Of American College of Surgeons

2019

 

Memberships In Associations 

American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons, Oklahoma Chapter

Society of Surgical Oncology

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)

 
 

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

Thirunavukarasu P, 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

Thirunavukarasu P, 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

Thirunavukarasu P, 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

 

Dr. Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu MD, FACS

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Surgical Oncologist

Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgeon

© 2019 Dr. Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu ; M.B.,B.S (MD Equivalent)