Naveen Babu Kandavalli, MS, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy Course Director
Dr. Kandavalli joined TouroCOM in March 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy. He is the current course director for Neuroanatomy course. He teaches Neuroanatomy and Gross anatomy to the first year medical students and serves on school committees for Faculty development and Grievance policy. He is also involved in teaching masters’ students in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences. He actively participates in anatomy education research. He was a member of Society of Neuroscience and is a current member of American Association of Anatomists, AACA.
Dr. Kandavalli previously taught at the International American University College of Medicine (IAUCOM) from 2013-2018 as an Assistant professor where he served as the course director for Medical Neuroscience course for M2 students. He lectured first-year medical students in the Gross anatomy course for both lab and didactic course modules. He was awarded best teacher of the year award for the academic year 2016-2017 by IAUCOM. He served as a chair for Promotions, Disciplinary and Library committees and as a member of curriculum and admissions committees during his tenure. In 2006, he earned his M.B.B.S (M.D) degree from Guntur Medical College in India. He obtained his master’s in Public Health (M.P.H) from University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL in 2009. During this time, he worked on several publications working as a research assistant in the departments of Neurobiology, Hematology and Oncology while teaching undergraduate and graduate students on research methodology. He successfully completed an internship at Susan G. Komen for the cure in Birmingham and contributed to the annual community profile report. In 2010, he started pursuing his doctoral degree in neurobiology from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Little Rock and graduated with masters in 2013. His primary research interest was to explore the role of proteins implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. At UAMS, he started academic teaching by assisting course directors to incorporate clinical correlates in the development of the Gross anatomy course curriculum and training medical students in the human dissection lab. Dr. Kandavalli brings in 10 years of expertise in academic medical school teaching that spans across Caribbean and US medical universities.