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Thangamani Muthukumar, M.D., MS


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Personal Statement

I am physician trained to treat people with kidney problems. It is a high honor and distinct privilege to serve such patients and my goal is to provide superb care. In addition, I am involved in teaching and mentoring the next generation of health care providers. I am a researcher focusing on transplant rejection and kidney diseases in bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Being actively involved in teaching and research helps me keep up with the advances and stay on top of things in the field and advise my patients on their best available treatment options

Biographical Info

Thangamani Muthukumar, M.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Associate Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Weill Cornell. He trained as a nephrologist in India and again in the U.S.A. He graduated from the Madras Medical College, Chennai (Madras), India and after residency in medicine, completed his nephrology fellowship at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was a research fellow at Cornell, in the transplantation immunology research laboratory of Dr. Manikkam Suthanthiran, Stanton Griffis Distinguished Professor of Medicine. Dr. Muthukumar subsequently repeated his residency in medicine and fellowship in nephrology at the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell.  

 Dr. Muthukumar is actively involved in research that is primarily focused on the molecular aspects of transplant rejection and biomarkers. He has published extensively in this area and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the American Society of Transplantation. He also received advanced training in clinical and translational research and graduated from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences with a master's degree in clinical and translational investigation. Dr. Muthukumar serves as an ad hoc member of the NIH study section. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST) and the American Society of Nephrology (FASN). In 2017, he was elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the oldest and most respected medical honor societies in the United States.

 Dr. Muthukumar is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He is an Associate Attending Physician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He also serves as a nephrology consultant at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He has experience in all facets of nephrology, hypertension, and transplantation medicine, and is especially interested in continuing to advance the field of kidney transplantation and kidney diseases in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.  

Honors and Awards

Editorial Board, Kidney International Reports 2019-

American Journal of Transplantation Outstanding Article in 2018 Award for the paper "Single Nucleotide Variant Counts Computed from RNA Sequencing and Cellular Traffic into Human Kidney Allografts." 2019

Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation 2017

Member, Scientific Review Committee, Transplantation and Immunology Research Network, American Society of Transplantation 2017

Fellow, American Society of Transplantation 2016

Fellow, American Society of Nephrology 2016

Invited Speaker, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation Annual Conference, Chandigarh, India 2016

Invited Presentation, The Banff Foundation of Allograft Pathology and Canadian Society of Transplantation joint scientific meeting, Vancouver, BC 2015

Invited Speaker, State of the Art Symposia, World Transplant Congress, San Francisco, CA 2014

Invited Keynote Speaker, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation Annual Conference, Aurangabad, India 2014

Session Moderator, Emerging Immunomodulatory Pathways and Therapies in Transplantation, American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, Atlanta, GA 2013

Invited Presentation, Sunrise Symposia, American Transplant Congress, Seattle, WA 2013

Invited Presentation, Beaune Seminar on Transplantation Research, Beaune, France 2012

Invited Presentation, Club de la Transplantation, Paris, France 2011

Invited Presentation, Instituto Mexicano de Investigaciones Nefrológicas (IMIN), Acapulco, Mexico 2011

New Key Opinion Leader in Transplantation, The Transplantation Society 2009







Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Nephrology)
Clinical Expertise
Kidney Transplantation
Transplantation Nephrology
Kidney Transplant
Transplantation Nephrologist
Transplant, Kidney
Transplant Nephrology
Transplantation, Kidney
Kidney Disease
  • M.S.
    Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University
  • M.D.
    Stanley Medical College, Dr M.G.R Medical University (India)
  • M.B.,B.S.
    Madras Medical College, University of Madras (India)
  • Associate Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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