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In Memoriam: Dr. Kathirkamanathan Shanmuganathan (K. Shan) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology

October 14, 2019

Dr. K. Shan, May 28, 1954 - October 7, 2019 (Age 65)

The following obituary was provided by Donaldson Funeral Home:

Kathirkamanathan Shanmuganathan, MBBS, (K. Shan), who earned his medical degree at the University of Sri Lanka, has been with the University of Maryland School of Medicine for over twenty-five years, and has held the position of Professor of Diagnostic Radiology since 2003.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has coauthored over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles on trauma imaging encompassing a wide variety of techniques and modalities. He has coauthored six books on emergency radiology and contributed to eighteen. Because of his expertise, he is a widely sought after invited speaker and has given two hundred presentations around the world. He has received a number of awards recognizing his contribution to emergency radiology. In 2014, he was awarded the American Society of Emergency Radiology’s Gold Medal. He is a Fellow of the Society and he delivered the Founder’s Lecture at the annual meeting in 2006. He was invited to speak at the Sri Lankan Medical School for their upcoming celebration of their one hundred and fifty years as a medical school.

He is the beloved son of Late Dr. Chelliah Kathirkamanathan and Late Mrs. Pathmawathy Kathirkamanathan, Brother of Mrs. Nalayini Shanmugarajah and Brother-In-Law of Mr. Manohar Shanmugarajah, and uncle of Dr. Gururaj Shan and Mr. Shivaraj Shan.

The squash community is so saddened to lose Shan. He was an avid squash player and a fierce opponent on the squash courts at Meadow Mill Athletic Club.

Other than that, Shan was an ardent music lover (Carnatic and Classical), enjoyed watching sports, he was a certified scuba diver and has gone onseveral excursions in different parts of the world. Photography was his hobby and outdoors was his passion. A humble simple man with few words.

May He join His Parents and Swamiji, and May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Instead of flowers the family would like you to donate to any one of the following three charities:

Manitha Neyam Trust – A charity lending a helping hand to displaced children and senior in Sri Lanka. For details and donation please visit

The International Medical and Health Organization - engaged in relief and development work in 19 countries across the globe. For details and donations please visit

SquashWise Memorial Fund for Dr. Shanmuganathan - SquashWise is a long-term student support system creating opportunities - through squash - for aspiring Baltimore youth. By combining squash coaching, academic tutoring, mentoring, and college/career preparation, we help students realize their academic, athletic and personal potential. Learn more on our website. For donations please visit:

The Family thanks everyone for participating in Dr. Shanmuganathan’s final journey, for the support and donations, and for all your kind words.


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