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Allan Drash Clinical Fellowship 2018

Dhivyalakshmi Jeevarathnam

was awarded the Allan Drash Clinical Fellowship for 2018

Dr. Dhivyalakshmi Jeevarathnam, is a pediatric endocrinologist Practicing in Chennai, India. She completed her M.D (Pediatrics) from Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India. During her pediatric residency her research paper won the award given by Indian Academy of Pediatrics. She had a keen interest in the field of Pediatric endocrinology and she joined her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru under the mentorship of Dr. Shaila Shamanur Bhattacharyya and Dr. N. Kavitha Bhat. During her fellowship, she developed a keen interest in the management of diabetic children and she was also in the organising team of ISPAE 2013 (3rd biennial meeting of Indian Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes).
After completing her Pediatric endocrinology fellowship, she joined Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute as Assistant Professor in Department of Pediatrics. She started the Pediatric Endocrinology clinic in her Institute and she has been heading the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology since her joining. There are about 50 children with diabetes under her care till date. At present, there is no multidisciplinary team involved in the care of diabetes children and she is very much interested in establishing such a setup in her Institute. 
She has attended several National and International conferences and has presented several posters and papers. She is an invited speaker for Regional and National conferences in India. She has authored several chapters in pediatric endocrinology in various pediatric textbooks. Teaching is always her passion and as an able person she has organized several workshops (growth module, Insulin therapy, etc. ) and CMEs for postgraduates and practicing physicians. She has organized the first Nurses education program for pediatric diabetes in her Institute. For her various activities done in pediatric endocrinology, she was awarded "Dr. V. Balagopal Raju - Active Pediatrician Award" by Indian Academy of Pediatrics in 2017.
She always wanted to improve quality of care for diabetic children by establishing a cost effective multidisciplinary team approach for these children in her Institute and by doing quality research work in pediatric diabetes. During her fellowship at Stanford University, she aims to learn about setting up and running a multidisciplinary team for diabetic children, advanced treatment methodologies like insulin pumps and CGMS, starting a research program in Type 1 diabetes and organizing a camp for diabetic children.

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