Dr Kavitha Saravu teaches postgraduate students.


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


Subject Semester / Year
Internal medicine


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 and Head, Department of Infectious Diseases 1/10/2019 till date
KMC, Manipal Professor, Division-Head of Infectious Diseases under Department of Medicine 02/05/2015 to 30/09/2019
KMC, Manipal Professor & Unit Head 01/03/2013 to 30/04/2015
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

Scrub typhus: Clinico-epidemiological analysis, humoral immune response and Molecular characterization of Orientia tsutsugamushi


Principal investigator: in-progress research project funded by the SERB, New Delhi

Assessing the accuracy of point-of-care abdominal and thoracic ultrasound for the diagnosis and therapy monitoring in patients with presumed tuberculosis in India and Germany


Principal investigator: in-progress research project funded by the DZIF, Germany

Towards a rapid biomarker-based rapid test for Tuberculosis


Principal investigator of the ongoing project funded by the McGill International TB Center

Improving treatment outcomes in severe scrub typhus: a multicenter randomized controlled trial with pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics assessment and molecular characterization of Orientia tsutsugamushi


Principal investigator: in-progress Clinical Trial funded by the Christian Medical College, Vellore

Predictors of mortality in acute febrile illness requiring ICU care.


Co-Principal Investigator of the 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 study

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


Principal investigator of the study.

Acute kidney injury in Dengue-risk factors and outcomes.


Co-Investigator of the study.

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


Principal investigator of the study

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


Principal investigator.

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


Co-Principal investigator of the in-progress study.

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.


Area of Interest

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

Area of Expertise

Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Melioidosis, Tuberculosis, Acute Febrile Illnesses, HIV, Infections in the ICU, Antimicrobials

Area of Research

Malaria, Scrub typhus, Melioidosis, Tuberculosis, HIV

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

 1.                  Clinical Infectious Disease Society –CIDS 158

2.                  HIV Medical Association of India - LM / 2011-12 / 022

3.                  India CLEN-India Clinical Epidemiology Network

4.                  International society of Infectious Diseases, ISID5.                                      

5.                  Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases (MAC

                    ID)- MACID/16/003        

6.                  International Melioidosis Society

7.                 Indian Rickettsial Infections Study Network (IRISN)

8.               Governing Council member of Clinical Infectious Diseases Society 

9.               Editorial board member of BMC Infectious Diseases

10.             Editorial board member of PLOS Global Public Health

11.              Vivax Working group

12.              WWARN Vivax study group

Top Publications updated


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A diagnostic randomised controlled trial to study the impact of rapid diagnostic tests in patients with Acute febrile illness when compared to conventional diagnostics (DRACO study)

Apr 08, 2021 Gupta N Joylin S Ravindra P Wilson W Bhat R Guddattu V Neumayr A Mukhopadhyay C Saravu K

J. Infect. 2021 Apr 8: S0163-4453(21)00164-X

Clinical and laboratory profile of patients with Kyasanur Forest Disease: A single-Centre study of 192 patients from Karnataka, India.

Jan, 2021 Nitin Gupta Kiran Chunduru Mohammad Safeer K Kavitha Saravu

J of clinical virology Jan 2021,

Neurological Melioidosis Presenting as Rhombencephalitis, Optic Neuritis and Scalp Abscess with Meningitis: A Case Series from Southern India.

2021 Chattrejee A Saravu K Mukhopadhyay C Chandran V

Neurol India 2021; 69:480-3

Deep learning, computer-aided radiography reading for tuberculosis: a diagnostic accuracy study from a tertiary hospital in India

Nash, M., Kadavigere, R., Andrade, J. et al.

Sci Rep 10, 210 (2020)

Kyasanur Forest disease: State-of-the-art review

2020, Nov 16 Gupta N Wilson W Neumayr A Saravu K

QMJ.2020 Nov 16: hcaa310.doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcaa310

Performance of molecular and serologic tests for the diagnosis of Scrub typhus

2020 Nov 12 Kannan K, et al.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Nov 12;14(11):e0008747. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0008747

Malnutrition as an important risk factor for drug-induced liver injury in patients on anti-tubercular therapy: an experience from a tertiary care center in South India.

2020 Ali N Gupta N Saravu K

Drug Discov Ther. 2020; 14(3): 135-138. doi: 10.5582/ddt.2020.03029

Over-the-counter antibiotic dispensing by pharmacies: a standardised patient study in Udupi district, India

Nafade V, Huddart S, Sulis G, Saravu K et al

BMJ Glob Health 2019;4:e001869. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2019-00186

The haematological consequences of Plasmodium vivax malaria after chloroquine treatment with and without primaquine: a WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis.

Commons RJ, Simpson JA, Thriemer K, Chu CS, Douglas NM, Abreha T, et al.

BMC Med. 2019;17(1):151.

Characterization of platelet count and platelet indices and their potential role to predict severity in malaria

Gupta P, Guddattu V, Saravu K

Pathog Glob Health . 2019 Apr 9;1–8.


2019 Saravu Kavitha

11th edition of API text book of medicine (Association of physicians of India) ed S Kamath 2019

Laboratory Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Best Practices and Current Policies.

2019 Madhukar Pai, Marzieh Ghiasi, Kavitha Saravu

Textbook of Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases by S K Sharma and Alladi Mohan 2019

Diagnosing active tuberculosis in people living with HIV

MacLean E, Saravu K, Pai M

Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2018 October

A pilot randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of two 14-day primaquine regimens for the radical cure of vivax malaria in South India

Saravu, K., Tellapragada, C., Kulavalli, S., Xavier,W., Umakanth, S., Brahmarouphu, G., G., Bhat, K

Mal J, 2018;17: 321.

The effect of chloroquine dose and primaquine on Plasmodium vivax recurrence: a World Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network systematic review and individual patient pooled meta-analysis.

Commons RJ, Simpson JA, Thriemer K, Humphreys GS, Abreha T, Alemu SG, et al

Lancet Infect Dis. 2018;3099(18):1–10



10th edition of API text book of medicine (Association of physicians of India) ed Y P Munjal 2015

Risk factors of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Diabetes mellitus patients in a tertiary care centre in south India

2021 Dr. Tanmay

Validation of Thrombocytopenia as a marker of severity in malaria

2021 Dr. S. Akhilesh

Cefepime- Induced Neurotoxicity: a Retrospective Cohort Study in a Tertiary Healthcare facility

April, 2020 Mr. Erfan Ali Jani

Computational Intelligence Technique for The Detection of Dengue Fever

June 2019 Ms. Hilda Mayrose

" Effect of vitamin D supplements and Vitamin D Receptor gene polymorphisms in South-Indian patients with Diabetic Foot Infection

18th June, 2019 Shilia Jacob Kurian

Palliative and support care in HIV/AIDS – a study of unmet need

April 2019 Dr Sindhu H Manjunath

A case report on pharmacogenomic profiling of allopurinol induced Steven-Johnson Syndrome/ Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis” in a tertiary care hospital

August 2018 Thiriveedhi Sneha, Alekhya L

A retrospective study on treatment outcomes and complications of Chickungunya virus infection from a teaching hospital in southwest coastal region of India,

February 2018 Ms. Marzieh Ansaritorogh

Drug Utilization Pattern and Safety Evaluation of Anti-Tubercular Therapy,

February 2018 Ms. Ishmath Begum

Adverse effects of fluoroquinolones: A retrospective cohort study in a tertiary health-care facility

April, 2018, Ashley Ann Thalody & Benitta Mathews

Prevalence and association of malnutrition in Tuberculosis and its impact on anti-tuberculosis drug induced liver injury (DILI),

September 2017 Dr Nihal

Validation of clinical risk score for severity of scrub typhus

September, 2017 Dr Shivali

Recurrences in Malaria and its Determinants

September 2016 Dr Divya Gandrala

A study of etiology and case fatality of acute febrile illness in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal

September 1, 2016 Dr Gautam Raj

A study of Lipoarabinomannan (LAM Ag) based lateral flow assay for diagnosis of Leprosy- A pilot study

March 2016 Snigdha

Point-of-care Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Extra-pulmonary Tuberculosis in Manipal (“POCUS ETI”)

January 2016 Dr Stefan Fabian Weber

Determination of diagnostic – prognostic significance of peripheral blood parasite index, leucocyte and platelet parameters for disease severity and outcomes among hospitalized adult patients with Plasmodium vivax malaria

September 2015-August 2016 Rishikesh Kumar

Prevalence and risk factors of tuberculosis infection among healthcare trainees in South India

September 2015 Marzhei Ghiasi

Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding tuberculosis Infection Control (TBIC) among recent medical graduates in Karnataka, South India

Sept 1, 2015 Marzhei Ghiasi

Risk factors and outcomes of extrapulmonary tuberculosis- a hospital based cohort study

Sept 01, 2015 Dr Jibia

Epidemiology, risk factors and outcomes of brucellosis – a hospital based cohort study.

Sept 1, 2015, Dr Sindhu

Risk factors and Outcomes of AKI in dengue fever

2015 Dr Pradeep Reddy

Elucidation of host immune competence, disease severity & anti-malarial drug resistance in Plasmodium vivax malaria

2014-01-01 Rishikesh Kumar

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

01-01-2013 Dr. Aparajita Chatterjee

A comparative study of clinical presentation of Tuberculosis & Melioidosis

01-01-2012 Dr. Mohan Rao

Determinants & Outcome of Ventilator associated pneumonia

01-01-2011 Dr. Preethi V

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

2010-01-01 Dr. Madhura

Clinical profile of Melioidosis

2009-01-01 Dr. Rammoorthy

Clinical profile & determinants of outcomes in poisonous snake bites

2008-01-01 Dr. Vasanth Somavarapu

    Facebook Live talk


    Delivered a Live talk on the Topic “COVID 19 2nd wave: Dos and Don’ts” on 7th April 2021 organized by Kasturba Hospital, Manipal

    Speaker for the Phone In Program for Udayavani on Mucor Mycosis


    Invited speaker for the Phone In Program on Mucor Mycosis

    Facebook Live Talk


    Gave a live talk on fever during the time of COVID19 pandemic. "do's & dont's

    Radio Talk on “Kyasanur Forest Disease”

    16th January, 2019

    Radio Talk on “Kyasanur Forest Disease” on 90.4 FM in radio Manipal

    Kyasanur Forest Disease

    January 13, 2019

    An article “Kyasanur Forest Disease” in Arogyavani

    Talk on Infectious Diseases Prevention and Precautions in Arogya Chintana 2019-2020 program in Daijiworld, a local television channel


    Talk on Infectious Diseases Prevention and Precautions Arogya Chintana 2019-2020, Daijiworld.

    Travel Clinic

    February 25th, 2018

    An article “Travel Clinic” in Arogyavani (local newspaper)

    Hello KMC

    18th November, 2017

    Resource person for phone in programme, “Hello KMC” on Pneumonia, its complication and prevention in Daijiworld, a local television channel


    November 12th, 2017

    An article “Pneumonia” in Arogyavani (local newspaper)

    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.

    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.

    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 lifestyle in China to All India Radio- Mangalore which was broadcast.

    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.