News Release: Research , School of Medicine

Apr. 15,  2011

Memorial Service Saturday, April 16, 2011 for Shanthi V. Sitaraman, MD, PhD

News Article ImageShanthi V. Sitaraman, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases

A Message From Dean Thomas J. Lawley, MD

It is with profound sadness that I announce the untimely passing of Shanthi V. Sitaraman, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, who died early Saturday morning at Emory University Hospital after a long and valiant battle against cancer.  

Dr. Sitaraman was a brilliant and dedicated physician-scientist who also made innumerable contributions to education and professional services.  Her research in the area of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) led to the publications of more than 200 articles and numerous grant awards.  

Her practice at The Emory Clinic, devoted to patients with IBD, was deeply appreciated by her patients and colleagues, and won her the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 2011 Premier Physician Award.  

Her legacy, however, will be remembered for work beyond gastroenterology.  Dr. Sitaraman mentored and taught countless medical students during their medicine courses and clerkships, as well as numerous residents, fellows, and junior faculty.  She embodied the School’s vision for excellence in the tripartite mission of service, teaching, and research, the effort of which was underscored by numerous awards, including the Nanette K. Wenger Distinguished Service Award and the Dean’s Teaching Award.  Her service as a humanitarian to the greater Atlanta community, too extensive to account here, also exemplified the essence befitting a Professor in an outstanding University.  

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Woodruff Health Science Center Building (WHSCB) auditorium.  A reception will follow.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to “Shanthi V. Sitaraman Memorial Fund,” Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 2250 N. Druid Hills Road, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30329.  

Please join with me in extending our deepest condolences to her husband, Professor Suresh Sitaraman of Georgia Institute of Technology, and son, Karthik, age 10.    

Thomas J. Lawley, MD
School of Medicine


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