Subra Kugathasan, MD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine
Scientific Director, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Combined Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Subra Kugathasan, MD, is Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Kugathasan also serves as Scientific Director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Combined Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dr. Kugathasan is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Royal College of Physicians. Additionally, he is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship.


Dr. Kugathasan earned his MD from Jaffna Hindu College in Sri Lanka. After obtaining his MD, Dr. Kugathasan completed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, and internship at University Hospital of Wales.


Dr. Kugathasan's research goal is to further extend novel genetic discoveries in inflammatory bowel disease, in particular common and rare susceptibility variants that are the cause of very early onset of the disease. In addition, he has been investigating the immunogenetic mechanisms that underlie this chronic intestinal inflammation in children and adults.

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Dr. Kugathasan's various awards and honors include the following:

  • MilliPub Club Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2020
  • Best Doctors® 2006-2007
  • Senior Investigator Research Award, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Junior Physician Investigator Award, American Federation for Medical Research

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