Muthuraj Kanakaraj, MD, FRCA, EDIC
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Muthuraj Kanakaraj, MD, MBBS, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he joined the faculty in 2018. He earned his medical degree at Tirunelveli Medical College, and trained in anesthesiology at Madras Medical College, both in India. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) and achieved the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC). He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement. He holds medical licensure in Missouri and the United Kingdom.
Kanakaraj was named outstanding faculty of the year for 2022-23 in anesthesiology at Washington University, and regularly lectures to medical students, residents, and fellows. Recent contributions as a clinical educator include serving as a course director for a fiberoptic intubation skills simulation workshop and an interdisciplinary ENT/anesthesiology airway simulation course and as planning committee chair for a comprehensive airway management course.
He is an active researcher–ongoing projects include an international study investigating the usage of vasopressor to treat hypotension in the postoperative period, and its association with organ disfunction, and a multi-centered investigation regarding the experience of residents in the management of major hemorrhage, among other studies.