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Karthik Raghunathan

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology, VA Anesthesiology Service
DUMC Box 3094, Durham, NC 27710
D5005 VAMC, Durham, NC 27710
Office hours Available by appointment, call Staff Assistant at 919-286-6938.  


Dr. Karthik Raghunathan is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Anesthesiology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences, at the Duke University School of Medicine and is a Staff Physician at the Durham Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

In addition to clinical practice as an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician, Dr. Raghunathan is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with over $2 Million in funding from Federal, Industry, and Non-Profit entities since 2015. He co-directs the Critical care and Perioperative Population Health Research (CAPER) program, generating and disseminating evidence to inform clinical practice guidelines.

His studies focus on: a) the comparative effectiveness and safety of procedures and medications used for acute postoperative pain management, fluid resuscitation during surgery and intensive care; b) the implementation and effectiveness of nonpharmacologic treatments, such as music medicine and peripheral neuromodulation, and c) reducing race, sex, and income-based inequities in treatments and outcomes.

Dr. Raghunathan collaborates with colleagues within Duke, as well as colleagues at Academically affiliated other VA Healthcare Systems. He welcomes collaboration and can be reached at 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology · 2021 - Present Anesthesiology, VA Anesthesiology Service, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2019 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

State University of New York, Albany · 2002 M.P.H.
Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (India) · 1997 M.B.B.S.