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Devendra Sawant, MD, PhD
Devendra Sawant, MD, PhD

Devendra Sawant, MD, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty




  • MBBS - University of Pune, Rural Medical College, Loni, Maharashtra, India
  • MPH - Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas
  • PhD - Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Graduate Studies, Temple, Texas
  • Transitional Year Residency - Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Nuclear Medicine Residency - University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
  • Nuclear Oncology Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Faculty Research Travel Grant, Appalachian College Association, Richmond, KY. 
  • 2015 American Association for Anatomy, Panel member of ‘Anatomy Curriculum Content Task Force’
  • 2015, 2014 Best Faculty Award, Alderson Broaddus University College of Medical Science, Philippi, WV. 
  • 2013 The Curtis L. Parker Research Symposium Certificate, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2010 Mentored Research Award, Graduate Research Student, Scott & White Hospital, Texas A&M University HSC, College of Medicine, Temple, TX.
  • 2008 Research Assistantship, PhD program, School of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University HSC, Temple, TX.
  • 2006 South Texas Environmental Education and Research Scholarship, MPH Program, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University HSC, College Station, TX.

Research Interests

  • Molecular Imaging
  • Radionuclide Therapy
  • Cancer Biology

Selected Publications

Sawant DA, Razmaria AA, Pandit-Taskar N. Prolonged Generalized Immune Response on 18F-FDG PET/CT Following COVID-19 Vaccination. Radiology Case Reports May 23;18(8):2552-2557, 2023. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2023.04.046. PMID: 37250482; PMCID: PMC10202611

Jia LY, Xia HL, Chen ZD, Compton C, Bucur H, Sawant DA, Rankin GO, Li B, Tu YY, Chen YC. Antiproliferation Effect of Theasaponin E1 on the ALDH-Positive Ovarian Stem-Like Cancer Cells. Molecules. Jun 17;23(6):1469, 2018. doi: 10.3390/molecules 23061469. PMID: 29914196 PMCID: PMC6057729

Sawant DA, Moore TA, Cashell AW. A Cadaveric Case Report of Dual Thyroid: Ectopic and Normal Location Thyroid with Brief Review of Literature. Endocrinology and Metabolism International Journal 6(3):201-206, 2018. doi: 10.15406/emij.2018.06.00175

Tharakan B, McNeal Jr SI, Hunter FA, Sawant DA, Smythe WR, Childs EW. Recombinant Bcl-xl Attenuates Vascular Hyperpermeability in a Rat Model of Hemorrhagic Shock. Cell Death Discovery, Nature Publication Group 1:15042, 2015. doi:10.1038/cddiscovery.2015.42. PMID: 27042339 PMCID: PMC4816600

Sawant DA, Moore T. An Unusual Course of Segmental Renal Artery Displays a Rare Case of Hilar Nutcracker Phenomenon. Case Reports in Medicine 2015:249015, 2015. PMID: 26448765 PMCID: PMC4584064

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Hunter FA, Childs EW. Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 Inhibitor Protects Against Microvascular Hyperpermeability Following Hemorrhagic Shock. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Oct;79(4):609-616, 2015. PMID: 26402535 PMCID: PMC4582429

Sawant DA, Wilson RL, Tharakan B, Stagg HW, Hunter FA, Childs EW. Tumor necrosis factor-α-induced microvascular endothelial cell hyperpermeability: role of intrinsic apoptotic signaling. Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry Dec; 70(4):971-80, 2014. PMID: 25392259

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Hunter FA, Childs EW. Role of Intrinsic Apoptotic Signaling in Microvascular Endothelial Cell Barrier Dysfunction. Journal of Cardiovascular and Translational Research Nov;7(8):711-8, 2014. PMID: 25277298

Alluri H, Stagg HW, Wilson RL, Clayton RP, Sawant DA, Beeram MR, Davis ML, Tharakan B. Reactive oxygen species-caspase-3 relationship in mediating blood-brain barrier endothelial cell hyperpermeability following oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation. Microcirculation Feb;21(2):187-95, 2014. PMID: 24372803

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Wilson RL, Stagg HW, Hunter FA, Childs EW. Regulation of Tumor Necrosis Factor - α-Induced Microvascular Endothelial Cell Hyperpermeability by Recombinant B-Cell Lymphoma –Extra-large. Journal of Surgical Research Sept;184(1):628-637, 2013. PMID: 23731686 PMCID: PMC3759616

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Tobin RP, Stagg HW, Hunter FA, Newell MK, Childs EW. Inhibition of Fas-Fas Ligand Interaction Attenuates Microvascular Hyperpermeability Following Hemorrhagic Shock. Shock Feb;39(2):161-167, 2013. PMID: 23324886 PMCID: PMC3640556

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Tobin RP, Reilly J, Hunter FA, Newell MK, Smythe WR, Childs EW. Microvascular Endothelial Cell Hyperpermeability Induced by Endogenous Caspase-3 Activator Staurosporine. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Feb;74(2):516-523, 2013. PMID: 23354245

Stagg HW, Bowen KA, Sawant DA, Rodriguez M, Tharakan B, Childs EW. Tumor Necrosis Factor Related Apoptosis Inducing Ligand Promotes Microvascular Endothelial Cell Hyperpermeability via Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Pathway. American Journal of Surgery Jan; 205(4):419-425, 2013. PMID: 23375756

Tharakan B, Hellman J, Sawant DA, Tinsley JH, Parrish AR, Hunter FA, Smythe WR, Childs EW. β-Catenin Dynamics in the Regulation of Microvascular Endothelial Cell Hyperpermeability. Shock Mar;37(3):306-11, 2012. PMID: 22089197

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Hunter FA, Smythe WR, Childs EW. Role of β-catenin in Regulating Vascular Endothelial Cell Hyperpermeability. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Feb;70(2):481-7, 2011. PMID: 21307750

Sawant DA, Tharakan B, Adekanbi A, Hunter FA, Smythe WR, Childs EW. Inhibition of VE-Cadherin Proteasomal Degradation Attenuates Microvascular Hyperpermeability. Microcirculation Jan;18(1):46-55, 2011. PMID: 21166925

Last update: June 2023