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Santhanam Lakshminarayanan, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, UConn Health
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, UConn School of Medicine
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
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263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5353
Phone: 860-679-3605
Fax: 860-679-0137
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Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at UConn Health and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Lakshminarayan is a graduate of The Armed Forces Medicial College in Pune India and earned his M.B.B.S. for the University of Poona, India. He completed his residency and rheumatology fellowship training at the UConn School of Medicine. He joined the Rheumatology faculty in 2002. He is the director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. He is responsible for training two to four fellows per year and for overseeing four training sites, UConn Health, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, VA Medical Center in Newington, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He is also director of the Rheumatology Fellow Journal Club and involved in weekly didactic review at rheumatology patient management rounds and rheumatology teaching rounds. He is on the  American College of Rheumatology (ACR) subcommittee for medical student and resident education, and ACR New England OSCE program developemnt for rheumatology fellows. Dr. Lakshminarayanan's areas of expertise are in Lyme disease, gout and systemic rheumatic disease. He has published articles on systemic lupus erythematous. Dr. Lakshminarayanan conducts clinical trials on scleroderma, Raynaud's phenomenon, systemic lupus erythematosus and inflammatory arthritis.

M.D.Armed Forces Medical College Medicine
M.B.B.S.University of PuneMedicine

Post-Graduate Training
InternshipEdgware General HospitalInternal Medicine
InternshipGovernment General Hospital
ResidencyUniversity of Madurai, Rajaji HospitalInternal Medicine
Senior House OfficerRoyal Preston HospitalSenior House Officer in Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology and Intensive Care Medicine
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineInternal Medicine
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineRheumatology
Senior RegistrarRoyal Liverpool University HospitalSenior Registrar in Rheumatology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Major General N.D.P. Karani Trophy for Academic Achievement in Medical School
Second Best All Round Student Graduating Class

Dr. Lakshminarayanan is the program director for the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. He teaches fellows, residents and students in an academic and clinical setting.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
American College of Rheumatology Medical Student and Resident EducationEducation Committeesub committeeExternalNational2009
American College of RheumatologyEducation CommitteeOSCE Program Development for Rheumatology FellowsExternalNational2009
BMJ – Evaluation of Clubbing Editorial BoardReviewerExternalInternational2009
American College of RheumatologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1999
American College of Rheumatology New England OSCE Program Develpment for Rheumatology FellowsOthermemberExternalNational

Scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematous, and use of P32 radioactive synovectomy in refractory inflammatory monoarthritis

Journal Articles


  • Fever is not a common manifestation of polymyalgia rheumatica.
    Abeles, M., Lakshminarayanan S. Arthritis Rheum 2004 Jan;50(S)1088

Case Reports

Conference Papers

  • Echo-Doppler Evaluation does not show Abnormal Diastole in Scleroderma Patients with Pulmonary Venous Hypertension. Chicago IL.
    Lakshminarayanan S, Shaban N, Tran D, Ryan JW, Collins I, Hager D, Rothfield N. American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting 2011 Jan;
  • Long-Term Outcome of Children Born to Mothers with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    Mihordin C, Parke A, Valentin A, Lakshminarayanan S. 2010 Jan;
  • Long-term follow-up of patients with antiphospholipid antibodies.
    Loughran, T., Parke, A., Galea, .C, Lakshminarayanan, S. 2004 Jan;
  • B-Cell lymphoma in patients with Sjogren’s syndrome.
    S.Lakshminarayanan, J.R.Waterman, A.L.Parke. 1997 Jan;
  • Hypermobility and Fibromyalgia.
    Abeles,M.A.,Gorgona,M.,Lakshminarayanan,S.,Waterman,J.W.: 1997 Jan;
  • Pancreatitis in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus( SLE).
    Lakshminarayanan,S.,Waterman,J.R.,Parke,A. 1997 Jan;
  • Predicting the clinical response to intraarticular corticosteroids in osteoarthritis of the knee via needle arthroscopic assessment of the presence of synovitis.
    Lakshminarayanan,S.,Padula,S.J.,Waterman,J.W.: 1997 Jan;


  • Crystalline Diseases Rheum2Learn web based model
    Santhanam Lakshminarayanan, MD
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Newer Treatments in Rheumatology With a Hope and a PrayerTalkInfectious Diseases Intercity Grand Rounds2011UCHC
Newer Treatments in Rheumatology TalkUCHC Grand Rounds2010UCHC
SLE behind the times in treatment Talk12th Annual Eastern Regional Conference Women in Government2010Newport, RI
Mihordin C, Parke A, Valentin A, Lakshminarayanan S. Long-Term Outcome of Children Born to Mothers with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. Poster9th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus2010Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
Introduction to Rheumatologic Disease How to Approach the Patient with Musculoskeletal Complaints How to Distinguish Inflammatory from Non-inflammatory IllnessesTalkUCHC Grand Rounds2009UCHC
Common Illnesses in Rheumatology Approach to a patient with mono and poly arthritis TalkUCHC Grand Rounds2009UCHC
Understanding, Assessing and Treating Raynaud’s Phenomenon TalkScleroderma Educational Forum2009
Overine V, DeMello D, Mihordin C , Lakshminarayanan S. Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism. PosterNational ACP Conference, CT Chapter2009Philadelphia, PA
Mihordin C, Traverse W, Lakshminarayanan S, Parke A. Long term follow-up of Women with anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome.Poster6th International Congress on Autoimmunity2008Porto, Portugal
What’s New in Rheumatology? TalkUCHC Grand Rounds2007UCHC
SLE Diagnosis and ManagementTalkAORN Conference 2007Hospital of Central Connecticut
Rheumatoid Arthritis TalkTrinitas Hospital2007Trinitas Hospital, NJ
FibromyalgiaTalk2005Middlesex Hospital
Evaluation of Lab Abnormalities in RheumatologyTalkManchester Memorial Hospital2004Manchester Memorial Hospital
Lyme DiseaseTalkUCHC Grand Rounds2003UCHC
Lack of Osteoporosis in SLE patients on long term corticosteroid therapy. Talk5th International Conference on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus1998Cancun Mexico