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Viji Kurup, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair for Medical Education, Anesthesiology

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Viji Kurup, MD

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Viji Kurup MD is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale. Viji completed her Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Yale. She has been on faculty in the department since 2005 where she has developed a career as a medical educator. She has completed her fellowship in Medical Education and is currently Vice Chair for Medical Education as well as Director of the Yale Anesthesia Media Lab and the Course Director for the Anesthesia Resident Simulations. She has led the integration of the Flipped Classroom model for Anesthesia Resident Training at Yale.

Viji's academic interests include participating in Global Health projects and exploring innovative ways of integrating technology in medical education. She is also the Co-Chair for the Global health and outreach committee in the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA). She has volunteered with the Health Volunteer Overseas Program ( in Vietnam. She enjoys teaching and was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership for the Department of Anesthesiology. She is a firm believer in the importance of physician wellness and has introduced a comprehensive wellness curriculum within her department. She is the Past President of the CT State Society of Anesthesiologists and is actively involved in advocacy efforts both at the State and Federal level. She also volunteers in the community and is a regular speaker at career day for inner city schools in New Haven.

She lives in Trumbull CT with her husband and two kids, and because that was clearly not keeping her busy enough, a high-maintenance cat!! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting (acrylic on canvas), reading and meditating..

Education & Training

  • Medical Education Fellowship
    Yale (2013)
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2005)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2004)
  • Intern
    Griffin Hospital (2001)
  • Resident
    Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (1997)
  • MD
    Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (1994)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology (2005)

Professional Service

Society for Head and Neck AnesthesiaCommunications Chair for SHANA2016 - Present
Society for Education in AnesthesiaChair Designee for the Global health Outreach Committee2007 - Present
Society for education in anesthesiaExecutive Board Member2006 - Present

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