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K Shan, MBBS

Academic Title:

Clinical Professor

Primary Appointment:

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

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Education and Training

MD: University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

MRCP: PrincessAlexandraHospital, Harlow, Essex, England

Residency: St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, England - Diagnostic Radiology

Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center - Diagnostic Radiology


Shanmuganathan (Shan), who earned his medical degree at the University of Sri Lanka, has been a member of our department for over twenty-five years, and has held the position of Professor of Diagnostic Radiology since 2003.

Dr. Shan 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.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Spinal cord injury, blunt and penetrating trauma, traumatic brain Injury

Highlighted Publications

Shanmuganathan K, Mirvis SE, Sover ER. Value of contrast-enhanced CT to detect active hemorrhage in patients with blunt abdominal or pelvic trauma.. Am J Roentgenol 1993 161:65-69.

Shanmuganathan K, Mirvis SE, Sherbourne CD, Chiu WC, Rodriguez A. Hemoperitoneum as the sole indicator of abdominal visceral injuries: a potential limitation of screening abdominal US for trauma. Radiology, 1999 212:423-430.

Shanmuganathan K, Mirvis SE, Boyd-Kranis R, Takada T, Scalea TM. Nonoperative management of blunt splenic injury: A prospective study of CT criteria to select patients for angiographic evaluation of the spleen.  Radiology 2000 217:75-82.

Shanmuganathan K, Mirvis, SE, Chiu WC, Killeen KL, Hogan GJF, Scalea TM. Penetrating torso trauma: Triple-contrast helical CT in peritoneal violation and organ injury- A prospective study in 200 patients.  Radiology 2004 231:775-784.

Shanmuganathan K, gullapalli R, Zhuo J, Mirvis SE. Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cervical Spine Trauma. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2007 2008 29:655-659

Grants and Contracts


Principal Investigator: Menaker J and Shanmuganathan K

Do SWI & MS-EPI Imaging Optimally Demonstrate & Predict Outcome for Spinal Cord Injury

DOD - USAF/AFMC, DET 1 AF Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson