Poonam Punjwani Thankavel, MD Instructor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Poonam Punjwani Thankavel, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠. She specializes in diagnosing and treating congenital coronary anomalies.
Dr. Thankavel earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. She then completed her residency training in pediatrics at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at UT Southwestern.
“During training, I fell in love with the complexity of the heart and the ability to work with children,” Dr. Thankavel says. “You are really taking care of the whole family.”
Dr. Thankavel serves as director of the Congenital Coronary Anomaly Program. Her research and clinical interests include the use of echocardiography to diagnose complex congenital heart conditions, including coronary artery anomalies. She works to screen, identify and manage these conditions, contributing to a national database by the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society and increasing medical knowledge about these conditions.
“The cardiologists I work with have the same goal of providing the best care that we possibly can,” says Dr. Thankavel. “We have a very thorough, collaborative approach to care.”
Texas Monthly named her as a SuperDoctors Texas – Rising Star award winner in 2015.
Dr. Thankavel is from Brazil and speaks fluent English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolSt. George's University School of Medicine (2004)
InternshipUniversity of South Florida College of Medicine (2005), Pediatrics
ResidencyUniversity of South Florida College of Medicine (2007), Pediatrics
FellowshipUT Southwestern - Children's Medical Center (2010), Pediatric Cardiology
Research & Publications
- Echocardiographic prediction of spontaneous closure of the ductus arteriosus in neonates less than 30 weeks gestation.
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- Clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus in premature neonates., Chiruvolu A, Punjwani P, Ramaciotti C Early Hum Dev. March 2009 85(3) 147-9
- The novel differentiation of human blood mononuclear cells into CD1a-negative dendritic cells is stimulated in the absence of exogenous cytokines by an extract prepared from pinecones., Bradley WG, Widen RH, Weiser AM, Powers JJ, Fountain LB, Punjwani P, Lofgren SM, Hadzic T, Klein R, Green WH, Tanaka A Int Immunopharmacol. February 2003 3(2) 209-23
Awards & Honors
- Young Investigator Award - 1st Annual Yong Investigator Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010)