Rama Thyagarajan, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and provides infectious diseases care at Dell Seton Medical Center at UT Austin.
Before coming to Dell Med, Thyagarajan was a physician leader at Beaumont Health, the largest health care system in Michigan. At Beaumont Health, she served as clinical chief of the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Clinical Care Program and corporate medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology.
In Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, Thyagarajan served as the medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and led epidemiology and infection prevention efforts for about 15 years. Thyagarajan provided leadership as the medical director and later as the corporate medical director of Infection Control and Prevention in the Dearborn, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne hospitals in Southeast Michigan as part of Oakwood Health System, which later became part of Beaumont Health.
At Oakwood, from 2009 to 2016, Thyagarajan served as the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases of Oakwood Physician Inc., an employed physicians’ group. She served on the board of Oakwood Physician’s group and was an active member in several patient safety and quality committees at Beaumont Health throughout her tenure.
Thyagarajan was associate medical director and an infectious disease specialist in the Department of Medical Education at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn from 2006 to 2013.
Board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine, Thyagarajan is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Her clinical interest has mainly focused on improving patient outcomes related to infections acquired in the hospital. She has provided academic and clinical lectures in various areas of infection control and disease prevention, including a 2009 address on the novel H1N1 pandemic and a 2017 address on HIV exposure in health care.
A native of Chennai, India, Thyagarajan earned her bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery degree at Stanley Medical College at the University of Madras. In the U.S., she completed her internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit followed by an infectious diseases fellowship at Wayne State University.
Thyagarajan is married and has two children who live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys spending time with family and listening to Indian classical music.