Sonya Naganathan, M.D.

Sonya Naganathan, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical care in resource-limited settings
  • Humanitarian logistics and operations


Sonya Naganathan, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Toledo and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Washington University in St Louis. She then obtained a master’s degree in public health while completing a fellowship in global emergency medicine at Brown University. She is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

During her fellowship at Brown, Dr. Naganathan focused her efforts on international disaster assistance, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She developed a comprehensive, virtual COVID-19 preparedness curriculum that has since reached more than 44 countries. At home, as a member of the Lifespan Alternative Hospital Site Steering Committee, she established the Rhode Island Convention Center Alternative Hospital Site. She subsequently collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 International Task Force on the evaluation of post-COVID-19 condition and clinical surge capacity preparedness.

She has been involved in ultrasound education in Kenya and contributed to several research studies and teaching efforts with the emergency medicine residency at the University Teaching Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr. Naganathan is the author of numerous research articles, abstracts, book chapters, and presentations, and she serves as an ad hoc peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Medicine and PLOS ONE. Her interests include humanitarian logistics and operations, critical care in resource-limited settings, and medical education. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Toledo College of Medicine (2011-2015)
  • Residency - Washington University School of Medicine (2015-2019), Emergency Medicine
  • Fellowship - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2019-2021), Global Health
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Global Emergency Medicine Academy Young Physician Award (2021), Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Rising Star Fellow Award (2020), Department of Emergency Medicine, Brown University
  • R.R. Hannas Emergency Resident of the Year Award (2019), Missouri College of Emergency Physicians
  • Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award (2015), Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2014)
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Critical care in resource-limited settings
  • Humanitarian logistics and operations
  • Medical Education

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