Dr Kuruvilla joined the Sidra Neonatology Center of Excellence, as an attending physician in September 2014. Following his medical studies in India, he completed his training in Paediatrics and Neonatology in the United Kingdom and obtained his FRCPCH. Prior to joining Sidra, he was a consultant neonatologist at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom for five years.
A major portion of his non-clinical focus has been in education. He has been involved with medical students and neonatal nursing graduate teaching at the Manchester University, nursing and midwifery student teaching at the Salford University, Manchester as well as the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) Part 1 revision courses for pediatric trainees. He was the Royal College Tutor for St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and has been involved with question setting for the MRCPCH examinations. One of his areas of special interest within education is the role of simulation in facilitating inter-professional education. To this end, he has established inter-professional and multi-disciplinary simulation programs locally at St. Mary’s Hospital and was involved in organizing and facilitating simulation courses at the Northwest Deanery in the UK. Dr Kuruvilla currently serves as the Medical Director of Education at the Neonatology Center of Excellence, involved with developing the Education program for the Center and is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar.
The focus of his research has mirrored his clinical responsibilities and interest in education: the role of patent ductus arteriosus in neonatal morbidity and its management, and the use of simulation in inter-professional education. He has contributed to a number of multi-center clinical trials including the PLANET I and II and EXTUBATE trials. His main focus of research within simulation is in evaluating key aspects of team-working, transfer of skills, knowledge and behavior, as well as the role of simulation in inter-professional education.
He has also been involved in quality improvement and served as the Audit lead for Neonatology at St. Mary’s Hospital.
At Sidra, in addition to his role in Education, he represents the Department of Neonatology in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.