Dr Kavitha Saravu

Professor and Head


    Dr Kavitha Saravu teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students.


    • Is involved in academic and clinical training of medical students and internal medicine postgraduate residents.
    • Guides postgraduate students in their dissertation.
    • Is internal examiner at KMC Manipal for MBBS.
    • Attends to outpatients and inpatients and supervises resident doctors and interns.
    • Guides PhD students.



Subject Subject code Semester
Internal medicine MBBS
Internal medicine MD


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
ICMR International Fellowship for Young Biomedical Scientists Translational Research (Infectious Diseases) Yale School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA 2013
Diploma Tropical Medicine and Hygiene London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians, England, UK) 2013
DNB General Medicine National Board of Examinations, New Delhi 2006
MD General Medicine Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai 1998
MBBS Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 1994


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Professor & Unit Head 01/03/2013 till date
KMC, Manipal Additional Professor 16/07/2012 to 28/02/2013
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 13/10/2004 to 15/07/2012
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 20/10/1999 to 12/10/2004
Seth G S Medical College and King Edward Memorial College, Mumbai Junior Resident 01/08/1995 to 31/07/1998

Understanding the Epidemiology of Antimalarial Drug Resistance in Plasmodium vivax and Elucidation of Resistance Deterministic Host Factors for Antimalarial Drugs.


Principal investigator : in-progress research project funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.

Assessment of acute kidney injury and other organ dysfunctions in falciparum and vivax Malaria in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal – a retrospective study.


Principal investigator.

Acute kidney injury in Dengue-risk factors and outcomes.


Co-Investigator of the on-going study.

Assessment of fourteen days primaquine treatment efficacy by determination of long latency relapses in Plasmodium vivax.


Principal investigator of the in-progress study

Assessment of Malarial acute kidney injury in a tertiary care centre.


Co-Principal investigator of the in-progress study.

Predictors of mortality in acute febrile illness requiring ICU care.


Co-Principal investigator of the in-progress study.

Elucidation of haematological profile with respect to disease severity in malaria – a tertiary care teaching hospital based cohort study.


Co-Principal investigator of the in-progress study

Clinico-Microbiology profile of infective endocarditis from a tertiary care hospital in India.


Principal investigator of the in-progress study.


Area of Interest

Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Melioidosis, Acute Febrile Illnesses, HIV, Antimicrobial Resistance

Area of Expertise

Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Melioidosis, Tuberculosis, Acute Febrile Illnesses

Area of Research

Malaria, Melioidosis, Tuberculosis

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

o    Member of Manipal Academy of Higher Education Ethics sub-committee

o    Core committee member of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

o    Member of Indian Medical Association, Udupi

o    Member of Association of Physicians of India

o    Member of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine

o    Member of Infectious Disease Society of India

o    Member of HIV Medical Association of India

o    Member of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Society (CIDS), India

o    Member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)

o    Member of India CLEN- Clinical Epidemiology Network


Book chapters:

Authored a chapter on Melioidosis in the 9th edition of API text book of medicine (Association of physicians of India) ed Y P Munjal 2012.1134.

Authored a chapter on Melioidosis in the 10th edition of API text book of medicine (Association of physicians of India) ed Y P Munjal 2015.

Top Publications


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Plasmodium vivax remains responsive to chloroquine with primaquine treatment regimen: a prospective cohort study from tertiary care teaching hospital in southern India.

Saravu K Acharya V Kumar K Kumar R

Trop Doct 2012: 1-2.

Severity in Plasmodium vivax malaria claiming global vigilance and exploration – a tertiary care centre based cohort study.

Saravu K Rishikesh K Kamath A Shastry BA

Malar J 2014, 13:304.

Elucidation of Host immune competence, disease severity and anti-malarial drug resistance in plasmodium vivax Malaria

2014-01-01 Rishikesh Kumar

Study of risk factors, clinical features and predictors of outcome of MRSA infection

2013-01-01 Dr Aparajita Chatterjee

A comparative study of clinical presentation of tuberculosis and melioidosis

2012-01-01 Dr Mohan Rao

Determinants and outcome of ventilator associated pneumonia

2011-01-01 Dr Preethi V

Risk factors, microbiological profile and outcome of 174 cases of nosocomial sepsis

2010-01-01 Dr Madhura

Clinical profile of melioidosis

2009-01-01 Dr Rammoorthy

Clinical profile and determinants of outcome in poisonous snake bites

2008-01-01 Dr Vasanth Somavarapu

    Diet in Diabetes


    An article, in a souvenir brought out by IMA Udupi Karavali, which was released on the occasion of inauguration of IMA Bhavan, Udupi on April 26, 2007, Souvenir brought out by IMA Udupi, Karavali.

    Viral Hepatitis


    in Udayavani a newspaper in regional language, 2008, Udayavani.

    No free health check- up in China’s Public hospitals


    Gave an interview to Times of India , a National English Newspaper, 1 February, 2008, Times of India.

    Hello KMC


    Resource person for phone in program, on obesity in Namma TV a local television channel on 24 February, 2008, Namma TV.

    health care and life style


    Gave an interview on health care and life style in China to All India Radio- Mangalore which was broadcast.

    Hello KMC


    Resource person for phone in programme, on diabetes, its complication and prevention in Namma TV, a local television channel on 22 February, 2009, Namma TV.

    Plasmodium vivax malaria presenting with complications.


    An article in ‘Aarogyavani’ a health supplementary page of ‘Udayavani’ Kannada daily.

    Health check: why & when?


    An article in ‘Vijaya Health’ a health supplementary page of ‘Vijaya Karnataka’ daily.