Parthasarathy D. Thirumala, MD

  • Professor
  • Director, Center of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory

Parthasarathy D. Thirumala, MD, joined the Center of Clinical Neurophysiology in June 2008. He specializes in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring to adult and pediatric neurosurgical, orthopedic, ENT, vascular and interventional neuroradiology procedures.

Dr. Thirumala completed his neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed his internship in internal medicine training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to clinical training he completed his masters degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Thirumala completed his medical training in India at Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India.

His clinical and research interests include intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring during expanded endonasal approach, functional cortical mapping during awake craniotomies, ICU EEG.

He has published over 90 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited articles in the journals including JAMA, Neurology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has given lectures both nationally and internationally on the value of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring

See Dr. Thirumala's CV.

Dr. Thirumala's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring; functional cortical mapping during awake craniotomies; neurophysiological monitoring during minimally invasive endonasal approach to skull base surgeries, electroencephalography in the intensive care unit.

Board Certifications

American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology: Intraoperative Monitoring
American Board of Neuroimaging
American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Hospital Privileges

Jameson Hospital
Monongahela Valley Hospital
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Hamot
UPMC Horizon
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
American Epilepsy Society
American Medical Association
American Society of Neuroimaging
American Society of Neuromonitoring
America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals
North American Spine Society

Professional Activities

Course Co-Director, Principles and Practice of Intraoperative Monitoring, UPMC

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Stanley Medical College, 1997
  • MS, University of Illinois, Bioengineering, 2001
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Neurologist of the Year, Pennsylvania Neurology Society, 2021

Media Appearances

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November 24, 2021