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Radha Arunkumar, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1991 Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India, MD, Doctor of Medicine (Anesthesia)
1985 University of Madras, Madras Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India, MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Postgraduate Training

2/2001-1/2003 Clinical Residency, Anesthesia (CA-2, CA-3), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, David L. Brown, MD
2/2000-1/2001 Clinical Residency, Internship (Clinical Base Year), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, David L. Brown, MD
1/1999-12/1999 Clinical Residency, Anesthesia (CA-1), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, Warren Zapol, MD, PhD
8/1998-12/1998 Senior House Officer, Anesthesia, Queens Medical Center, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Alan R. Aitkenhead, MD
10/1997-8/1998 Senior House Officer, Anesthesia, Nottingham City Hospital, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Ravi Mahajan, MD
6/1996-10/1997 Senior House Officer, Anesthesia, The King's Mill Center of Healthcare Services, Sutton-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom, P. T. Bull, MD
1/1992-1/1995 Senior Residency, Anesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, H. L. Kaul, MD
6/1991-10/1991 Senior Residency, Anesthesia, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India, K. M. Rajendran, M.D.
7/1987-3/1991 Junior Residency, Anesthesia, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India, P.R. Kangle, MD and K.M. Rajendran, MD
3/1987-7/1987 Senior House Officer, General Hospital, Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Neyveli, India, K. Soundarapandian, MD, MS
10/1985-9/1986 Clinical Internship, Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, S. Arumugam, MD

Board Certifications

4/2004 American Board of Anesthesiology, Recertification Date: 12/2014
7/1997 Royal College of Anesthetists, UK, Primary FRCA
3/1991 Board Certified in Anesthesiology, India

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2/2005-8/2009
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 9/2003-1/2005
Associate, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2/2003-9/2003
Consultant Anesthetist, Department of Anesthesia, National Heart Institute (All India Heart Foundation), New Delhi, India, 9/1995-6/1996

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Section Chief, Neuro and Orthopedic Anesthesia Team, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 5/2012-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Clinical Research Committee, 9/2012-present
Member, Patient Positioning Task Force, Perioperative Enterprise, 2010-present
Member, Spiritual Observances Committee, 2008-2011
Member, Clinical Research Committee, 2006-2009
Department Representative, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee, 6/2004-1/2005

Honors and Awards

2013 Multi-Year Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2003 Second Prize, Case Report Presentation in Airway session, Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference [MARC]
2002 First Prize $500 and Certificate for Resident Essay Contest, Anesthesia History Association of the American Society of Anesthesiologists [ASA]
2001 First Prize in Basic Sciences category in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference [MARC]
1991 Krishnan Vydier Gold Medal, Best Candidate in Anesthesiology Board Examinations, Pondicherry University
1983 Dr. P. Rathinaswami Memorial Prize in Social and Preventive Medicine, Madras Medical College
1983 George Smith Prize in Pathology, Madras Medical College

Professional Memberships

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Member, 1999-present
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Member, 2000-present
General Medical Council, United Kingdom
Member, 1998-present
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2006-present
Indian Society of Anesthesiologists, India
Member, 1989-1996
International Anesthesia Research Society
Member, 2000-present
Iowa Medical Society, IA
Member, 2004-2006
Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists
Member, 2000-2005
Royal College of Anaesthetists, United Kingdom
Member, 1996-1998
Society for Airway Management
Member, Resident Committee, 10/2011-9/2014
Member, 2007-present
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
Member, 2012-present
Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care
Member, 2008-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2006-present
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, TX
Member, 2005-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Owusu-Agyemang P, Borthakur G, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Wang SA, Rytting M, Jorgensen JL, Hernandez M, Ruiz JR, Cata JP. The Association Between Opioid Administration and Response to Therapy in Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma. e-Pub 1/14/2015. PMID: 25363399.
2. Green H, Lin H, Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Mejia R, Okhuysen-Cawley R, Mauricio R, Angelo II J, Fournier KF, Hayes-Jordan A. Perioperative Renal Protective Treatment Avoids Renal Toxicity in Pediatric and Adult Patients Undergoing HIPEC with Cisplatin. Journal of Pediatric Oncology 2(1):10-16, 2014, 6/2014.
3. Owusu-Agyemang P, Grosshans D, Arunkumar R, Rebello E, Popovich S, Zavala A, Williams C, Ruiz J, Hernandez M, Mahajan A, Porche V. Non-invasive anesthesia for children undergoing proton radiation therapy. Radiother Oncol 111(1):30-4, 4/2014. e-Pub 2/20/2014. PMID: 24560754.
4. Hayes-Jordan A, Green HL, Lin H, Owusu-Agyemang P, Fitzgerald N, Arunkumar R, Mejia R, Okhuysen-Cawley R, Mauricio R, Fournier K, Ludwig J, Anderson P. Complete Cytoreduction and HIPEC Improves Survival in Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor. Ann Surg Oncol 21(1):220-4, 1/2014. e-Pub 9/18/2013. PMID: 24046124.
5. Arunkumar R, Rebello E, Owusu-Agyemang P. Anaesthetic techniques for unique cancer surgery procedures. Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol 27(4):513-26, 12/2013. e-Pub 10/9/2013. PMID: 24267555.
6. Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Green H, Hurst D, Landoski K, Hayes-Jordan A. Anesthetic Management and Renal Function in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cytoreductive Surgery with Continuous Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) with Cisplatin. Ann Surg Oncol 19(8):2652-6, 8/2012. e-Pub 3/27/2012. PMID: 22451231.
7. Leonard PA, Arunkumar R, Brennan TJ. Bradykinin antagonists have no analgesic effect on incisional pain. Anesth Analg 99(4):1166-72, 10/2004. PMID: 15385370.

Abstracts

1. Hagan KB, Ruiz JR, Thirumurthi S, Carlson RF, Owusu-Agyemang P, Weston BR, Demaree CJ, Arnold B, Arunkumar R. Total Intravenous Anesthesia Without an Endotracheal Tube for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography and the Incidence of Conversion to Endotracheal Intubation: a Retrospective Review. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 81(5):AB308 (#AB308), 5/2015.
2. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Ruiz JR, Borthakur G, Rytting M, Wang S, Hernandez M, Cata JP. Opioid Administration to Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Is Not Associated With Decreased Survival. Proceedings of the ASA Annual Meeting 2014, New Orleans, LA (#A 1197), 10/2014.
3. Ferson DZ, Lipski I, Grasu RM, Dang AQ, Cowles CE, Nguyen LT, Nguyen AT, Arunkumar R, Lang FF, Chi TL. Use of Supraglottic Airways in Patients Undergoing Brain Tumor Surgery in Eloquent Areas and Intraoperative Neurological Mapping and Monitoring with an Asleep-awake-asleep Technique. Proceedings of the ASA Annual Meeting 2014, New Orleans, LA (#A 5018), 10/2014.
4. Ferson DZ, Chang E, Dinh A, Nguyen L, Nguyen AT, Arunkumar R, Lang FF, Chi L. Super-Selective Scalp Block During Prolonged Awake Craniotomies: Effective Duration, Patient Comfort and Clinical Value. Proceedings of the ASA Annual Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA (#A3123), 10/2013.
5. Popovich S, Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Porche V. Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients in Proton Centers: An International Survey. Proceedings from the Global Conference on Perioperative Medicine: Care of the Elderly and the Cancer Patient, UTMDACC, Houston, TX (#GCPM12-0025), 11/2012.
6. Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Potylchansky Y, Mauricio R, Landoski K, Hurst D, Green H, Hayes-Jordan A. Intraoperative fluid management and blood product administration in pediatric patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic peritoneal perfusion with cisplatin. Proceedings from the Global Conference on Perioperative Medicine: Care of the Elderly and the Cancer Patient, UTMDACC, Houston, TX (#GCPM12-0019), 11/2012.
7. Ferson D, Chang E, Dinh A, Nguyen AT, Nguyen L, Arunkumar R, Wiemers J, Chi L, Rahlfs TF, Lang F. Super-selective scalp block during prolonged awake craniotomies: effective duration, patient comfort, and clinical value. Proceedings from the Global Conference on Perioperative Medicine: Care of the Elderly and the Cancer Patient, UTMDACC, Houston, TX (#GCPM12-0013), 11/2012.
8. Popovich S, Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Porche V. Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients in Proton Centers: An International Survey. Proceedings from the International Assembly for Pediatric Anesthesia (IAPA 2012), Washington DC, USA, 10/2012.
9. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Ruiz JR. Comparison of narcotic versus non-narcotic techniques for pediatric lumbar puncture and bone marrow aspiration. Proceedings from the International Assembly for Pediatric Anesthesia (IAPA 2012), Washington DC, USA, 10/2012.
10. Green H, Lin H, Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Mejia R, Okhuysen-Cawley R, Mauricio R, Angelo II J, Fournier KF, Hayes-Jordan A. Perioperative Renal Protective Treatment Avoids Renal Toxicity in Pediatric and Adult Patients Undergoing HIPEC with Cisplatin. Proceedings from the 8th International World Congress on Peritoneal Surface Malignancies, Berlin, Germany (#112), 10/2012.
11. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Gombos D, Ruiz JR. Assessment of Postoperative Vomiting in Retinoblastoma Patients and their Siblings Undergoing Eye Exams Under Anesthesia. Proceedings from the 15th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3/2012.
12. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Gombos D, Ruiz JR. Assessment of Postoperative Vomiting in Retinoblastoma Patients and their Siblings Undergoing Eye Exams Under Anesthesia. Proceedings from the 65th Annual Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, New York, NY. 12/2011.
13. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Gombos D, Ruiz JR. Assessment of Postoperative Vomiting in Retinoblastoma Patients and Their Siblings Undergoing Eye Exams Under Anesthesia. XVth Biennial Congress of the International Society of Ocular Oncology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11/2011.
14. Owusu-Agyemang P, Rebello E, Arunkumar R, Ruiz JR. Evaluation of Postoperative Vomiting in Pediatric Patients in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit Undergoing Eye Exams under Anesthesia. Proceedings of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, San Diego, CA, 4/2011.
15. Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Potylchansky YP, Mauricio R, Landoski K, Hurst D, Green H, Hayes-Jordan A. Intraoperative Fluid Management and Blood Product Administration in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Perfusion with Cisplatin. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies, Lake Tahoe, NV, 2/2011.
16. Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Potylchansky YP, Mauricio R, Landoski K, Hurst D, Green H, Hayes-Jordan A. Intraoperative Fluid Management and Blood Product Administration in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Perfusion with Cisplatin. Proceedings from the 64th Annual Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, New York, NY, 12/2010.
17. Owusu-Agyemang P, Arunkumar R, Potylchansky Y, Mauricio, Rizalina APN, Landoski K, Hurst D, Green H, Hayes-Jordan A. Intraoperative Fluid Management and Blood Product Administration in Pediatric patients Undergoing Cytoreductive Surgery With Hyperthermic Peritoneal Perfusion With Cisplatin. 7th International Workshop on Peritoneal Surface Malignancy, Uppsala, Sweden, 9/2010.
18. Arunkumar, R, Zambare, S, Frenzel J, Riedel B, Ferson, D. Changes in airway management strategies in 40,939 consecutive surgical oncology patients. Proceedings of the ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 10/2007.
19. Arunkumar, R, Ferson, D, Lange G, Feeley, T, Riedel, B. High negative predictive value of the modified Mallampati class in the surgical oncology population. Proceedings of the ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 10/2007.

Book Chapters

1. Arunkumar R. OculoCardiac Reflex. In: The 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. Ed(s) Nina Singh-Radcliff. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: USA, 608-9, 2012. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781451118940.
2. Arunkumar R. Sickle Cell Disease. In: The 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. Ed(s) Nina Singh-Radcliff. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: USA, 812-13, 2012. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781451118940.
3. Arunkumar, R, Sukumaran A. V. Cervico-Thoracic, Lumbar Spine Surgery, Tumor Excision, Vertebrectomy, Instrumentation and Stabilization. In: NEURECIPES. Ed(s) U Srejic MD, F DeMonte MD. Author House: Bloomington, Indiana, 92-102, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4389-0547-1.

Last updated: 7/21/2015