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Thiruvengadam Muniraj, MD, FRCP

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases); Associate Chief for Endoscopy, Digestive Health, Yale New Haven Health System; Director, Yale Center for Pancreatitis; Director, Bariatric Endoscopy, Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Thiruvengadam Muniraj, MD, FRCP

Patient Care Location

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Digestive Diseases

    PO Box 208019

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8019

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Dr. Muniraj is an advanced endoscopist with specialized expertise in pancreatic diseases, including acute and chronic pancreatitis. As a researcher, he is an investigator in many national and international studies in the pancreas and interventional endoscopy fields. As a clinician, he performs a full range of advanced endoscopic procedures such as ERCP, confocal endomicroscopy, cholangioscopy, pancreatoscopy, electro-hydraulic lithotripsy, Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), fine needle aspiration and biopsy (FNA/FNB), celiac plexus block, pancreatic pseudocyst drainage, pancreatic necrosis, pancreatic stones and strictures, Barrett's esophagus treatment with RFA, EMR, Cryotherapy, endoscopic suturing, fistula closure, ulcer closure, enteral stents, single balloon enteroscopy, ampullectomy and high-risk colon polypectomy with endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). Dr.Muniraj directs Yale's endoscopic bariatric program, where he performs endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, stoma narrowing, PEG placement for weight loss. Dr.Muniraj is well known for complex interventional endoscopies, and for the 1st time in Connecticut has introduced several novel endoscopic EUS/ERCP procedures such as ERCP for patients with gastric bypass, EUS based gastrojejunostomy, pancreatic/hepatic anastomoses.

Dr. Muniraj received his medical degree from Coimbatore Medical College, India, then underwent fellowship training in Internal Medicine in India, and secured 1st place among all the medical schools in the state, and was awarded 3 Gold medals. Before moving to the United States, he served as an assistant professor of medicine in India, consultant physician, and chief executive director for the first private hospital in Oman. He completed internal medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh, chief residency at Griffin Hospital, and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Yale University, where he won The Samuel Kushlan award for the outstanding clinical fellow. He subsequently pursued additional advanced therapeutic endoscopic fellowship training at Yale University. After his fellowship, he was recruited to Yale's advanced endoscopy program to serve as the director for Yale Center for Pancreatitis. He has been inducted as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Coimbatore Medical College (1999)
  • MBBS
    Coimbatore Medical College (1992)
  • Advanced endoscopy fellow
    Yale University
  • Fellow
    Yale University
  • Resident
    University of Pittsburgh

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected to Fellowship in the Royal College of PhysiciansRoyal College of Physicians (London)2021
Howard M Spiro MD Digestive Diseases Fellowship Teaching AwardYale School of Medicine2018
Samuel Kushlan Award for Clinical Excellence in FellowshipYale University School of Medicine2016
I. E.A Jiavudeen Endowment Gold Medal for excellence in FellowshipTamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University2005
Dr. R.V.Rajam 81st Birthday Commemoration Gold medalTamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University2005
Prof. GB west Endowment Gold Medal for excellence in fellowshipTamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University2005

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
American Gastroenterological AssociationMember, Clinical Guidelines Committee2017 - 2020
American Society for Gastrointestinal EndoscopyMember2013 - Present
American College of GastroenterologyMember2013 - Present

Departments & Organizations