Duraiyah Thangathurai

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Areas of treatment:

Anesthesia for High Risk Cancer Patients
Bloodless Surgery
Critical Care
Trauma and Cardiac Anesthesia
Ards and Massive Blood Transfusion
Acute Pain Management and Addiction Medicine
End of Life Care


  • Anesthesiology


  • Department of Anesthesiology


  • English
  • Tamil

Duraiyah Thangathurai, MD

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Thangaturai was educated in Sri Lanka prior to attending the Royal Northern Hospital in London, UK for his residency. He later came to southern California in 1982 on a fellowship at UCLA and is currently a professor of clinical anesthesiology with a joint appointment in urology and surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Thangathurai has extraordinary international experience including board certifications from Ireland, United Kingdom, Austraila, New Zealand and the United States. He is a member of more than 10 professional societies, such as the California Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Thangathurai’s clinical interests include anesthesia for high-risk cancer patients, acute pain management and addiction medicine and end of life care.


Doctor of Medicine, University of Ceylon Medical College, Sri Lanka, 1972


University of Ceylon General Teaching Hospital, Colombo, 1972 - 1973


Colombo General Teaching Hospital, Ceylon, 1973
Royal Northern Hospital, London, UK, 1973 - 1975


Charing Cross Hospital, London, Anesthesiology, 1976 - 1980
Royal Northern Hospital, London, General Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, 1980 - 1981
University of California of Los Angeles/VA, LA, Anesthesia, 1982 - 1983


Anesthesia Board Certification (Equivalent)
FFARCSI-Royal College, Ireland
FRCA-Royal College, UK
FFANZA-Royal College, Australia and New Zealand
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Board of Anesthesiology, subspecialty in Pain Management
American Board of Anesthesiology, subspecialty in Critical Care Medicine
American Board of Legal Medicine
The American Society of Addiction Medicine
The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Professional society memberships:

Critical Care Society of Anesthesiology
California Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.
American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Pain Medicine
The American College of Forensic Examiners
American Society for Healthcare Materials Management
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Royal College of Anaestheists, UK
European Academy of Anaesthesiology (ICU)
Indian Society of Critical Care of Medicine