Ruchi Thanawala, M.D., M.S.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine

Education and training

    • B.A., 2003, Duke University
    • M.D., 2008, Ross University School of Medicine
    • M.S., 2014, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, University of Massachusetts, Springfield, MA, 2012-2018
  • Fellowship

    • Research, Department of Surgery, University of Massachusetts, 2010-2012
    • Surgical Education Research, Association of Surgical Education, 2016-2018
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2018-2020
  • Certifications

    • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery, 2017
    • Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery, 2017
    • American Board of Surgery, 2019

Memberships and associations:

  • Association of Surgical Education
  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American College of Surgery

Honors and awards

  • 2015, 2016, 2017 - ABSITE High Score Award, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Bharadwaj S, Thanawala R, Bon G, Falcioni R and Prasad GL, 2005. Resensitization of breast cancer cells to anoikis by tropomyosin-1: role of Rho kinase-dependent cytoskeleton and adhesion. Oncogene, 24(56), p.8291.
  • Bharadwaj S, Vasanth G, Masuelli L, Thanawala R and Prasad GL, 2008. Inhibition of nuclear accumulation of phosphorylated ERK by tropomyosin-1-mediated cytoskeletal reorganization. J Cancer Mol, 4, pp.139-144.
  • Thanawala R, Jesneck JL and Seymour NE, 2018. Novel Educational Information Management Platform Improves the Surgical Skill Evaluation Process of Surgical Residents. Journal of Surgical Education, 75(6), pp.e204-e211.
  • Thanawala R, Jesneck JL and Seymour NE, 2019. Education Management Platform Enables Delivery and Comparison of Multiple Evaluation Types. Journal of Surgical Education, 76(6), pp e209-e216.


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