Parthasarathy Thirumala, MD

  • Professor
  • Director, Center of Clinical Neurophysiology

Parthasarathy Thirumala, MD, specializes in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring to adult and pediatric neurosurgical, orthopedic, ENT, vascular and interventional neuroradiology procedures.  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)

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Stanley Medical College, Madras, India, Medicine/Surgery
  • MS, University of Illinois, Bioengineering
  • Resident, Stanley Medical College, Madras, India, Medicine/Surgery/Public Health
  • Intern, Brookdale University Medical Center, NY, Medicine
  • Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., Neurology
  • Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., Clinical Neurophysiology

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

Clinical/Research: 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

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Society of Neuroimaging / Neuromonitoring

Honors & Awards

  • National Epi-fellows grant from Pfizer, American Epilepsy society
  • Best Abstract Award, Pennsylvania Neurological Society
  • Doctors Day Award, Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai, India
  • Top 10 Advances in Cranial Nerve Disorders, World Federation of Cranial Nerve Disorders, Shanghai, PR

Selected Recent Publications

Thirumala PD, Krishnaiah B, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Balzer J, Hearing outcomes after loss of brainstem auditory evoked potentials during microvascular decompression. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 22(4):659-63, 2015.

Thirumala PD, Kumar H, Bertolet M, Habeych ME, Crammond DJ, Balzer JR Risk factors for cranial nerve deficits during carotid endarterectomy: a retrospective study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 130:150-4, 2015.

Thirumala P, Meigh K, Dasyam N, Shankar P, Sarma KR, Sarma DR, Habeych M, Crammond D, Balzer J.  The incidence of high-frequency hearing loss after microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, or geniculate neuralgia. J Neurosurg 1:1-7, 2015.

Thirumala PD, Wang X, Shah A, Habeych M, Crammond D, Balzer JR, Sekula R. Clinical impact of residual lateral spread response after adequate microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: A retrospective analysis. Br J Neurosurg 22:1-5, 2015.

Nwachuku EL, Yabes YG, Crammond DJ, Habeych ME, Balzer JR, Thirumala PD, Diagnostic Value of Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) Changes During Carotid Endarterectomy JAMA Neurol 72(1):73-80, 2015.