Rakesh R. Nair, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Cellular Biology & Pharmacology

Office: GL 466A

Phone: 305-348-0690

Email: rravikum@fiu.edu

Rakesh R. Nair, M.D., has over 8 years of experience within public health research and clinical practice and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He is actively involved in teaching both basic science and clinical medicine with FIU HWCOM. Nair’s recent project includes the development of a clinical anatomy module using BodyViz 3D anatomy software to mentor and educates medical students on BodyViz surgical cadaver dissections.  

Nair authored a medical book & co-authored various articles on arteriovenous fistula published in the Journal of Vascular Access. 


M.D., Primary and Preventive Care, Government Medical College, India 
M.P.H., Environmental and Occupational Health, FIU, Robert Stempel College of Public  Health and Social Work 

Areas of interest

Nair is interested in the integration of clinical medicine with basic science. He is the course director for Period 1 & Period 4 Anatomy Course, where he integrates clinical anatomy to basic anatomy. He is actively involved in innovative methods in medical education, such as teaching pedagogies, curricula design, and assessment. He incorporates case-based learning, problem-based learning, team-teaching, and flipped classroom pedagogies to enhance the application of knowledge and engagement of students. Additionally, he has created educational tools using Complete Anatomy and BodyViz software application to enhance students learning. 

Research areas

  • Clinical medicine 
  • Medical education 
  • Public health issues 

Selected Publications  

  1. Rubens M, Ramamoorthy V, Attonito J, Saxena A, Nair RR, Shehadeh N. (2015). Health promotion and disease prevention strategies for today's physicians. Am J Med Sci. Jan;349(1):73-9. doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0000000000000320.  
  2. Schild AF, Nair RR (2012) Which Access is the Most Appropriate for Your Patient? J Nephrol Therapeutic 2:116. doi:10.4172/2161-0959.1000116  
  3. AF Schild, J Fuller, P Collier, RR Nair. “Managing Infectious Complications of Vascular Access: Etiology, Risk Factors and Intervention” Journal of Vascular Access, Volume 12 no.2: 2011, p 157  
  4. Schild AF, Schuman ES, Noicely K, Kaufman J, Gillaspie E, Fuller J, Collier P, Ronfeld A, & Nair R. (2011). Early cannulation prosthetic graft (Flixene) for arteriovenous access. The Journal of Vascular Access. 12(3), 248-52 

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