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Caroline P. Thirukumaran, M.B.B.S., M.H.A., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 273-2235

Fax: (585) 276-1299

Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Caroline Thirukumaran received her Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Mumbai, and her Master in Hospital Administration (MHA) degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Following this, she gained considerable experience in hospital planning and operations through her work in tertiary care hospitals in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa. She pursued her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Rochester. Caroline's research is enriched by her clinical and managerial experience. She has a profound understanding of the patient-provider relationship, of hospital operations, and of decision-making processes used by the hospital management – all of which provide her with holistic understanding of the dynamics involved in providing high-quality, and patient-centered hospital care.

Research

Health Services Research (HSR) is a field of inquiry that integrates in-depth knowledge of the healthcare system with theory and advanced statistical methods to investigate issues related to quality, cost, and access to care. As a health services researcher, Caroline's primary research interests are at the intersection of health policy, and the quality & safety of orthopaedic care in hospitals. Broadly, she is interested in understanding the drivers and determinants of high-quality orthopaedic care, and in particular, care for the vulnerable population including the elderly and those that are at risk of health disparities. She has expertise in the use of large medical and administrative datasets to address the research questions. The overarching goal of her research is to generate knowledge that will contribute in reducing variation in the outcomes of orthopaedic care.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

2001
MBBS | University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
Medicine and Surgery

2003
MHA | Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Hospital Administration

2016
PhD | University of Rochester
Health Services Research and Policy

Awards

2014
Abstract featured in the Quality and Value Poster Walk
Sponsor: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

2013
Best Student Abstract Award - Health Information Technology
Sponsor: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

2010 - 2012
Dean's Graduate Fellowship
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2003
Best Student in the Hospital Administration Batch of 2003
Sponsor: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

1999
Dr. Manek Billimoria, Dr. S. B. Kekre and Dr. V. K. Nair Award for Pathology
Sponsor: T. N. Medical College

1997
Dr. J. S. Kalgutkar, Dr. D. D. Sathye and Dr. D. D. Variyava Award for Human Anatomy
Sponsor: T. N. Medical College

1996 - 2000
Merit awards for distinctions in Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, and Preventive Medicine

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Publications

Journal Articles

8/2017
Saleh A, Thirukumaran C, Mesfin A, Molinari RW. "Complications and readmission after lumbar spine surgery in elderly patients: an analysis of 2,320 patients." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2017 Aug 0; 17(8):1106-1112. Epub 2017 Apr 03.

7/1/2017
Li Y, Cen X, Cai X, Thirukumaran CP, Zhou J, Glance LG. "Medicare Advantage Associated With More Racial Disparity Than Traditional Medicare For Hospital Readmissions." Health affairs.. 2017 Jul 1; 36(7):1328-1335. Epub 2017 Jun 21.

7/2017
Bernstein DN, Thirukumaran C, Saleh A, Molinari RW, Mesfin A. "Complications and Readmission After Cervical Spine Surgery in Elderly Patients: An Analysis of 1786 Patients." World neurosurgery.. 2017 Jul 0; 103:859-868.e8. Epub 2017 Apr 26.

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