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Pediatricians, pathology fellow among new faculty

Published on Monday, August 3, 2015

Published on August 03, 2015

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff:

Sadhana Dharmapuri, M.D.


Dr. Sadhana Dharmapuri, an assistant professor of pediatrics, has recently joined the Department of Pediatrics as chief of adolescent medicine.

After receiving a B.A. in English literature from Boston University, Dharmapuri earned an M.D. at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Science, Poznan, Poland, in 2003. She did her residency training in pediatrics from 2004-07 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, then went on to pursue a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C, from 2008-11.

In 2011, she joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and served as director of the Eating Disorder Program at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin from 2012-15.

Dharmapuri is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the International Association of Adolescent Health. She has been an invited speaker at several national and regional lecture series as an expert in adolescent health and eating disorders.

In addition to her expertise in eating disorders, she has served as principal investigator for two Healthier Wisconsin Partnership grants, partnering with a rural community to address its youth substance abuse issues, implement intervention and prevention strategies and contribute to policy changes affecting youth services.

She is the coauthor of one refereed journal article, four abstracts and one book.

Jagdish Desai, M.D.


Dr. Jagdish Desai, a recent neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow at the Children Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. from Government Medical College Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, in 2007, Desai joined residency training in pediatrics from 2009-12 at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, where he was chief resident from 2011-12. Desai joined fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine from 2012-15 at the Children Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University, where he was chief fellow from 2014-15.

The coauthor of a European Journal of Pediatric Surgery article, "SNAPPE II Score As a Predictor of Survival in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Single Center Experience," Desai is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

He was principal investigator of three clinical studies while at Children Hospital of Michigan: "Perfusion Index (PI) and Pleth Variability Index (PVI) as a Non Invasive Monitoring of Hemodynamics in Preterm Infants," "Targeting Optimum FiO2 during Resuscitation in DR to Meet Current NRP Guideline in Preterm Infants of <32 Weeks of Gestation," and "Outcomes and Interventions of Congenital Heart Disease in Preterm Infants: A National Database Analysis."

He has presented his research work at various national meetings, including meetings of the Pediatric Academies Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Society for Pediatric Radiology. His work on "Outcomes of Congenital Heart Disease in Preterm Infants" was also nominated for a Young Investigator Award at the AAP Meeting in 2014.

Siraj M. El Jamal, M.D.

El Jamal
El Jamal

Dr. Siraj M. El Jamal, a former fellow of surgical pathology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the medical degree from the University of Tripoli, Libya, in 2006, El Jamal served as a research assistant at the University of Chicago from 2006-07. He had a pathology residency from 2007-10 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, a hematopathology fellowship from 2010-11 and a pathology residency from 2011-12 at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a surgical pathology fellowship from 2014-15 at the University of Louisville. El Jamal is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology, and hematopathology.

El Jamal served as a staff pathologist at SiParadigm Diagnostic Labs, Oradell, New Jersey, and as a visiting pathologist at Moncton Hospital, Canada.

A member of the editorial board for the journals Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology and Diagnostic Pathology and an ad hoc reviewer for several professional publications, El Jamal has authored or coauthored multiple articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings and is an active member of several professional societies, including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

El Jamal's areas of interest include hematopathology (lymph node and bone marrow pathology) and ancillary studies, including flow cytometry and FISH, and general surgical pathology.

Jennifer Thomas Eubanks, M.D., Pharm.D.


Dr. Jennifer Thomas Eubanks, a doctor of medicine and a doctor of pharmacy, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

After receiving her Pharm.D. in 2002 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Eubanks completed a primary care pharmacy residency at UMMC. Thereafter, she earned an M.D. at UMMC in 2008. She completed residency training in internal medicine in 2011 and a fellowship in hematology and oncology in 2015 at UMMC.

Eubanks is an active member of theĀ American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Her primary interest is in thoracic oncology with a focus on lung cancer.