Kirtikumar J Rathod, MD

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Dr. Kirtikumar Rathod attended a very ordinary school with no full-time teachers in a small town in India. His interest in science ultimately led him to being selected to study medicine. He was selected for surgical training at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry, India, one of the most prestigious institutes in the country. There, he had the opportunity to work with and learn from many leading surgeons and physicians.

Dr. Rathod earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2002 from Shree Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College in Dhule, India. He finished his Master’s in General Surgery in 2008 from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry, India, one of the most prestigious institutes in the country. After his general surgery training, he finished his paediatric surgical training in 2011 at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, one of the best surgical centers for children in the country. He received the Best Young Researcher Award in Pediatric Surgery in 2011 by the Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons.

He has worked with children in India, the Middle East and the United Kingdom as a pediatric surgeon for more than 10 years. Being a child surgeon, he teaches the delicate way of handling fragile tissues. His areas of interest are basic science, surgical education and the use of technology for promoting health for all.

Dr. Rathod currently works in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jodhpur, India where he is associate professor of pediatric surgery. His current position involves managing babies and children with surgical conditions. He is especially interested in minimal access pediatric surgery where major surgeries are done in children with tiny incisions, thus providing excellent post-operative outcomes and patient satisfaction. He also serves as the principal investigator of research projects in his department and acts as a guide for residents’ dissertations.

“I was very proud to be selected for the Master’s of Science in Global Child Health program at St. Jude,” he says. “Many children around the world do not have uniform access to good quality or advanced health care facilities. I believe this opportunity will help me share my concerns with other experts in the field so that we can come up with solutions for these children with scarce resources.”


MS - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India (2008)

BS - Shree Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule, India (2002)


Rathod KJ, Bawa M, Mahajan JK, Samujh R, et al. Management of esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula complicated by gastric perforation. Surg Today 41:1391–1394, 2011.

Rathod KJ, Samujh R, Agarwal S, Kanojia RP, et al. Hydronephrosis due to pelviureteric junction narrowing: Utility of urinary enzymes to predict the need for surgical management and follow-up. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg. Jan;17(1):1-5, 2012.

Rathod KJ, Mahajan JK, Khan RA, Rao KLN. Quality of life of very young spina bifida patients after initial surgical treatment. Childs Nerv Syst. Jun;28(6):883-7, 2012.

Rathod K, Loyal J, More B, et al. Modified PATIO repair for urethrocutaneous fistula post-hypospadias repair: operative technique and outcomes. Pediatr Surg Int 33: 109, 2017.

Vig A, Rathod KJ, Jadhav A, et al. Review of laparoscopic median sacral artery ligation in sacrococcygeal teratoma. J Ped Endosc Surg 1(2): 75-78, 2019.

Rathod KJ, Khan A, et al. Management of Necrotising Enterocolitis: Experience at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Oman. Annals of pediatric surgery 9(2): 65-68, 2013.

Mahajan JK, Rathod KK, Bawa M, Narasimhan KL. Transanal Swenson's operation for Recto-sigmoid Hirschsprung's disease. Afr J Paediatr Surg 8:301-5, 2011.

Kanojia RP, Rathod KJ, Rao KLN. Qualitative assessment of research done at two premier medical institutes in India: Some data for introspection. J of Post Grad Medical Edu and Research 46(1): 55-60, 2012.

Mahajan JK, Rathod K, Bawa M, Rao KLN. Tracheobronchial Foreign Body Aspirations Lessons Learned From a 10-year Audit. Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: 18(3): 223-228, 2011.

Kanojia RP, Agarwal S, Rathod KJ, Bawa M, et al. Quantified outcome for patients with exstrophy bladder. J Pediatr Urol. Jun;9(3):298-302, 2013.

C. Utility of serum creatine kinase, creatinine and urinary myoglobin in detecting acute renal failure due to rhabdomyolysis in trauma and electrical burns patients. Indian Journal of Surgery 75(1); 17-2, 2013.

M Pathak, R Saxena, A Sinha, R Sikchi, et al. Laparoscopic pyloromyotomy: learning curve journey and modification of the technique. J Ped Endosc Surg 1: 75, 2019.

Rathod KJ, Kate VK, Badhe BA. Cystic retroperitoneal swelling occupying whole abdomen. Gastroenterology. Oct;141(4):e7-8, 2011.

Rathod K, Khanna S, Kanojia RP, and Rao KLN. A novel variant of esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula with a crossed-over proximal esophageal pouch: a diagnostic dilemma. Diseases of the Esophagus 24, 2011.

Rathod KJ, Vaze D, Narasimhan KL. A novel association of multiple gastrointestinal anomalies in a single patient - Can Sonic Hedgehog explain it? Congenit Anom (Kyoto). Mar;52(1):62-3, 2012.

Rathod KJ, Lyngdoh S. Kanojia RP, Rao KLN. Multiple primary omental hydatid: rare site for a common infestation. Trop Gastroenterol.32(2):136-138, 2011

Rathod KJ, Zameer M, Kanojia RP, Rao KLN. Segmental ileal dilatation: Surprising finding on laparotomy done for neonatal intestinal obstruction. Trop Gastroenterol. Apr-Jun;33(2):143-6, 2012.

Rathod KJ, Mahalik S, Bawa M, Samujh R, Rao KN. Delayed presentation of anorectal malformations: Need of community awareness. Indian J Public Health 55:135-6, 2011.

Rathod KJ, Verma SU, Kanojia RP, Samujh R, Rao KLN. Esophageal atresia with distal fistula and long overlapping upper esophageal pouch. J Pediatr Surg 46;2041–2044, 2011.

Rathod KJ, Kalayarasan R, Kate V, Jagdish S, Ananthakrishnan N, Parija SC. Helicobacter pylori positivity in esophageal and esophagogastric junction adenocarcinoma. Indian J Gastroenterol. 27(6):248, 2008.

Rathod KJ, Vaze D, Kanojia RP, Rao KLN. Ureteral triplication -Need to see beyond splitting of ureteral bud. Annals of Pediatric Surgery 8(3):95–98, 2012.

Mandhan P, Rathod K, and Sankhla D. Late presentation of a congenital intrinsic duodenal obstruction in a patient with anorectal malformation. Surgical Science 4(7); 329-331, 2013.

Paliwal B, Bhatia P, Kumar R, Rathod KJ. Ultrasound neuraxial block: A simple answer to rare situation. Pediatric Anesthesia 29(8): 882-883, 2019.