Dr. Dhiren Punja

Professor & Head of the Dept.

Department of Physiology


    Dr Dhiren Punja takes theory and practical classes in physiology for first M.B.B.S


    • Takes practical classes for MD and provides guidance for seminars.
    • Is involved in BLS training programme for undergraduates.
    • Is involved in taking lectures in Physiology in integrated teaching programme organized for second MBBS and ophthalmology postgraduates.



Subject Semester / Year
Medical Physiology 1st and 2nd semester
Medical Physiology


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MD Physiology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 2011
MBBS Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 2006


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC,Manipal Professor and Head Mar 2020 till date
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 2015-Feb 2020
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 2011 to 2015
KMC, Manipal Tutor 2008 - 2011


Area of Interest

Cardiovascular Physiology

Team-based learning as a teaching strategy for first-year medical students

2014-31-12 Punja D Kalludi SN Pai KM Rao RK Dhar M

Australasian medical journal [AMJ 2014; 7(12):490–499]

The effectiveness of self-directed learning (SDL) for teaching physiology to first-year medical students

2014-30-11 Pai KM Rao KR Punja D Kamath A

Australasian Medical Journal [AMJ 2014; 7(11):448–453].

Efficacy and perceived utility of Podcasts as a supplementary teaching aid among first year dental students

2013-30-09 Kalludi SN Punja D Pai KM Murali Dhar

Australas Med J. 2013; 6(9): 450–457.

Impact of readiness assurance process and faculty feedback on individual application exercises: a model for continuous assessment in physiology

2020 KR Nayak D Punja C Suryavanshi

Advances in Physiology Education 2020; 44 (4), 509-515

Application of Case-Based Readiness Assurance Process as a Model for Case-Based Pedagogy and Collaborative Learning in Physiology

2020 Nayak KR Punja D Suryavanshi CA Kamath A

Med Sci Educ 2020;30(2):869-877

A comparative study of vasa vasorum density among coronary arteries

Panchagnula K Punja R Punja D Suryavanshi C

Artery Res 2018;22:36-42.

Enhancing our ability to diagnose cardiac valve disease by applying a graphical educational game

2022 Medical Education Suryavanshi CA Nayak KR Prabhu KM

Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences 17(5):834-43.