Mithunan Maheswaranathan, MD

Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine
Email address mithunan.maheswaranathan@duke.edu

Education and Training      

Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina

Residency
Medical University of South Carolina

Fellow Perspective

What do you perceive as the strengths of the Duke program?
The Duke Rheumatology program offers a wide variety and breadth of clinical experiences with a diverse, busy consult service.  I really enjoyed inpatient medicine as a resident, and thus having adequate volume of inpatient rheumatology consults was an important factor I considered when evaluating programs.  Additionally, the Duke program is weighted with more clinical/consult time in the first year, allowing for exploration of other academic and clinical interests in the second year.  This structure has allowed second year fellows to pursue areas of scholarly activity including clinical research, ultrasound training or medical education.  This flexibility of the second year coupled with Duke University's breadth of resources was a huge draw to the Rheumatology program for me.

What are you considering for your career?
I am planning to pursue a career in academic rheumatology.

Why did you choose Duke for fellowship training?
I selected Duke for fellowship because I knew it would be a strong training program with excellent clinical experience and research opportunities available in the setting of a beautiful mid-sized city.  Additionally, I was very impressed with the faculty from my interview day and felt a strong sense of community that would be fun to be a part of.

What is your current research project?
Currently, I am studying health literacy in systemic lupus erythematosus and the impact of low health literacy and numeracy on clinical outcomes.  Additionally, I have interests in health disparities and qualitative research methods.

Anything else you would like to share about yourself or the fellowship?
Duke is a strong fellowship program with incredible faculty and mentors.  There are excellent training opportunities to explore your interests and skills.  For example, I participated in a Health Disparities Research Curriculum through the REACH Equity Program during my 2nd year of fellowship and am starting coursework towards completion of an advanced degree.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Rheumatology, Duke University School of Medicine, 2018 - 2020
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 2014 - 2018
  • M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, 2014

Publications

Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Andrew Johannemann, Jason J. Weiner, Ryan Jessee, Amanda M. Eudy, and Lisa Criscione-Schreiber. “Real world utilization of the myositis autoantibody panel.” Clin Rheumatol 40, no. 8 (August 2021): 3195–3205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10067-021-05658-y.

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33629202
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Anne F. Buckley, Andrew B. Cutler, Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, and Ankoor Shah. “Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) Syndrome, A Central Nervous System Vasculitis Mimic.” Arthritis Rheumatol, July 19, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.41922.

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34279052
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Jessica L. Houk, Danielle Elliott Range, and Jennifer Rogers. “Clinical Image: Pseudogout of the temporomandibular joint.” Acr Open Rheumatol 3, no. 7 (July 2021): 464–65. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr2.11268.

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34085778
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, and Kai Sun. “Implementation of a Health Literacy Intervention Improves Medication Adherence in Rheumatology Clinics.” Sn Comprehensive Clinical Medicine 3, no. 7 (July 2021): 1551–54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42399-021-00901-8.

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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Amanda M. Eudy, Stacy C. Bailey, Jennifer L. Rogers, and Megan Eb Clowse. “Low health numeracy is associated with higher disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus.” Lupus 30, no. 3 (March 2021): 489–94. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961203320979044.

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33323013
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Jessica A. English, Melissa A. Cunningham, and Diane L. Kamen. “Development and implementation of a virtual Lupus Patient Education Event during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Lupus Sci Med 8, no. 1 (March 2021). https://doi.org/10.1136/lupus-2021-000493.

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33692151
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Anand S. Lagoo, Louis Diehl, and Ankoor Shah. “A 79-Year-Old Female with Altered Mental Status and Anemia.” Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), February 8, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.24571.

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33555132
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Sarah Cantrell, Amanda M. Eudy, Jennifer L. Rogers, Megan E. B. Clowse, Susan N. Hastings, and Stacy Cooper Bailey. “Investigating Health Literacy in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: a Descriptive Review.” Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 20, no. 12 (November 12, 2020): 79. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11882-020-00978-6.

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33184709
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Maheswaranathan, Mithu, Tue Ngo, and Don C. Rockey. “Identification and Management of the Hypervirulent Invasive Klebsiella pneumoniae Syndrome: A Unique and Distinct Clinical Entity.” J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep 6 (January 2018): 2324709618806552. https://doi.org/10.1177/2324709618806552.

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30349835
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