About the Department

The department is located in the first floor of the college building. It has two lecture halls situated on the same floor, with a capacity of seating 100 students each. The department is well-designed with excellent infrastructure which includes well equipped laboratories for hematology, amphibian study, mammalian study, and for research. Each laboratory has capacity to accommodate 60 students. Department also has a demonstration room with seating capacity of 50 students and a departmental library containing 200 books. Power point presentations of lecture classes are made available for the students if required. Following instruments are available for the training of post graduate students.

  • Reaction Time (Visual, Auditory & Whole body reaction)
  • Cycle Ergometer
  • Computerized ECG + Cardiart 6208 – BPL Machine
  • Computerized Spirometer - Schiller
  • Treadmill
  • Computerized Instrument to record Heart Rate Variability
  • Loud Sound Stethoscope- manufactured locally in the department


Head of the Department

Dr. Sadashiv L. Karne has been conferred Ph.D. from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1985.
Has worked in 3 Government Medical Colleges for 30 years. Has been working in SDM since March 2006.
He has been working as Head of the Department from September 2016. Has 42 years of teaching experience.


Diagnostic Facilities

Physiology department has been a service department to Department of Medicine and Department of Pulmonology who send their patients for pulmonary functionary tests. In future, department will be attached to hospital for carrying out autonomic functions tests for needy patients.


Teaching Program

Department has introduced a novel way of teaching for the undergraduates in the form of pre lecture questions. Students have to submit a brief write-up before the class. This will ensure that the students read the topic before attending the class and will have a rough idea. Written tests are conducted after completion of every system. This helps students during their Internal Examinations as well as in University Examination. For the Post Graduates Seminars, Journal clubs are held every week and all the faculties attend these programs.



  1. Khode V, Ruikar K, Sindhur S, Nallulwar S. Can chronoscopic reading in whole body reaction time predict peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetics? A case control study. Muller Journal of Medical Science & Research. 2015 Jun; 6(1): 31-34.
  2. Mooventhan A, Khode V. Effect of bhramari pranayama and OM chanting on pulmonary function in healthy individuals: a prospective randomized control trial. International Journal of Yoga. 2014 Jul-Dec; 7(2): 104–110.
  3. Khode V, Sindhur S, Deepak, Ruikar K, Nallulwar S. Association of red cell distribution width, haematocrit and other RBC indices with coronary artery disease: a case control study. Nigerian Journal of Cardiology. 2014 July-Dec; 11(2): 88-91.
  4. Anupama D, Deepak AN, Nallulwar S, Khode V. Time domain measures of heart rate variability during acute mental stress in type 2 diabetics: a case control study. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 2014; 4(1): 31-35.
  5. Ruikar K, Khode V, Deokar N. Corrected QT interval (QTc) among pregnant women during different gestational periods. Heart India, 2014 Apr-Jun; 2(2): 43-46.
  6. Nagalakshmi V, Hammigi S, Nallulawar S. A study of correlation between heamoglobin percentage and cognitive function in residential school children from rural area. International Journal of Biomedical science. 2014; 34(2):
  7. Nagalakshmi V, Badiger S. Clinical study of blunt trauma abdomen. International Journal of Biomedical science. 2014; 34(2):
  8. Kanyakumari DH, Siddanagoudra SP, Kataraki T. A study of forced vital capacity in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in Chitradurga city, Karnataka Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research. 2014: 3(1); 58-60.
  9. Priya SA, Siddanagoudra SP, Nallulwar S, Neelam D. Correlation of pain sensitivity and sweet taste in healthy male adults. National Journal of   Physiology, Pharmacy & Pharmacology. 2014; 15(1): 176-179.
  10. Kanyakumari DH, Siddanagoudra SP, Kataraki T. Sources and levels of stress in dental students. World Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical science. 2014; 3(9); 1342-1348.
  11. Khode V, Kabbin G, Ruikar K. Association of ABO RH blood group with dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever: a case control study. Journal of Applied Hematology. 2013 Oct-Dec; 4(4): 145-148.
  12. Dr. Savitri (second author) “Comparative study in distribution of ABO blood group system in carcinoma oesophaus and normal population” Biomedical. 2013; 33(3): 270-273.
  13. Khode V, Rajoor U, Ramdurg S, Ruikar K. Chronoscopic reading in whole body reaction times can be a tool in detecting cognitive dysfunction in hypothyroidism: a case-control study. Thyroid Research and Practice. 2013; 10(1): 15-19.
  14. Khode V, Rajoor U, Ramdurg S, Ruikar K, Nallulwar S. Can chronoscopic reading in whole body reaction time be a tool in detecting cognitive dysfunction in hypertensives? findings from case control study. Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research. 2013 Apr; 3(2): 233-7.
  15. Nagalakshmi V, Badiger S. Effect of yoga on cardiorespiratory fitness in healthy individuals. Biomedicine. 2013; 33(2): 229-231.
  16. Anupama D,  Kammar KF. Effect of short -term exposure to cotton dust on lung functions in young female spinning mill workers. National Journal for Basic Medical Science. 2013; 3(4): 257-260.
  17. Siddanagoudra SP. Study of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in spray paint workers in an automobile industry Biomedicine. 2012; 32(1): 20-24.
  18. Priya SA, Manjunath TN. Effect of shavasana training on basal heart rate and blood pressure in young healthy volunteers. National Journal for Basic Medical Science. 2012; 3(1): 25-28.
  19. Vitthal HK, Kammar KF. QTc Changes in non-pregnant females with severe iron deficiency anaemia.  Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2012 June, 6(5): 777-779.
  20. Khode V, Sindur J, Kanbur D, Ruikar K, Nallulwar S. Mean platelet volume and other platelet volume indices in patients with stable coronary artery  disease and acute myocardial infarction : a case control study. Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research. 2012 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 272–275.
  21. Anupama D, Nallulwar S. Effect of obesity on QTc interval in young adults. National Journal for Basic Medical Science. 2012; 32(4): 583-586.
  22. Siddanagoudra SP, Kanyakumari DH, Nataraj SM. Respiratory morbidity in spray paint workers in an automobile sector. International Journal of Health & Allied Sciences 2012; 1(2): 266-73.
  23. Hiremath SP, Bidare C, Karne SL, Puranik N. Does bodybuilding affect the pulmonary function tests?. International Journal of Health Science & Research 2012: 2(9): 40-5.
  24. Khode V, Ramdurg S, Parakh R, Ruikar K, Anupama D. Chronoscopic reading in whole body reaction times in detecting cognitive dysfunction in metabolic syndrome: a case control study. Indian Journal of Medical Science. 2012 Sep-Oct; 66(9-10): 222-9.
  25. Priya SA, Manjunath TN. Effect of shavasana training on cardiovascular response to exercise in young healthy. National Journal of Basic Medical Sciences. 2012; 3(1): 31-34.
  26. Deepti H, Sachin H. Variation in QTc with menstrual cycle in young and healthy individual Biomedicine: 2011; 31(4): 550-554.
  27. Khode V, Anupama D. Electrocardiographic changes in non pregnant females with severe iron deficiency. Indian Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology. 2009: 53(4): 404.
  28. Shambulingaiah SR. Visual, Audiotory and Whole body reaction time among non diabetic and T2 diabetics. Indian Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology. 2009: 53(4): 404.
  29. Ruikar K, Karne SL. The study of electrocardiogram in normal pregnancy during different gestational Periods. 2009: 53(4); 403
  30. Jadhav VS, Ravindra PN, Nadiger V, Karne SL, Nallulwar SC, Deshpande DV. Autonomic reactivity during Pre & Post menstrual phases. Indian Journal Physiology Pharmacology. 2007; 51(5): 561.
  31. 2006 Mar; 108(1): 124-125.
  32. Prakash ES, Ravindra PN. Pavithran P, Madanmohan. Effect of deep breathing at six breaths per minute on frequency of premature ventricular complexes. International Journal of Cardiology. 2006 Aug; 111(3): 450–452.
  33. Prakash ES, Madanmohan, Pavihtran, Ravindra PN. Short term heart rate variability indices at rest and during first ten minutes of tilt table test outcome in females with unexplained syncope but not in males. Clinical Sciences.


Dissertations/ Research

  1. A Comparative Studey of Autonomic Status in Hypothyroid and Euthyroid Subjects.
    PG: Dr.Leena Hiremath
    Guide : Dr. Shobha C Nallulwar
  2. Correlation of Lung Function Test with BMI, Waist hip ratio and body fat % in college students of Dharwad city. PG : Dr. Khaleel A Manik 
    Guide : Dr. S L Karne
  3. Study of The Effects of Various Parameters of Music On Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability PG : Dr. Ramya Jayakumar 
    Guide : Dr. Shobha C Nallulwar
  4. Prevalence and Correlates of Electroencephalogram Abnormalities in Preschool Children with Language Disorders 
    PG: Dr.Smruthi V 
    Guide : Dr.Shobha  C Nallulwar
  5. Assessment of Cardiovascular Autonomic Response at Rest, and During Acute Mental Stress in Normotensive Offspring of Hypertensive Parents and Prehypertensives”  
    PG: Dr.Shama Jorammannavar 
    Guide: Dr.S L Karne

ICMR 2009

  1. Effect of obesity and regional adiposity on QTc interval in young adults. 
    UG : Ms. Pooja Duggani 
    Guide: Dr. Anupama Deepak
  2. Effect of regular exercise on QTc interval 
    UG: Mr. Nataraj Yeligar 
    Guide : Dr. S L Karne

 ICMR 2010

  1. Effect of various parameter of music on HR , BP & HRV in normal subjects 
    Ms. Shruti Bhatnagar 
    Guide: Shobha C Nallulwar
  2. Comparison of rate pressure products in obese & non obese medical studentsof SDMCMS&H students 
    Mr. Bujji S Doddamani 
    Guide: Dr. Deepti Hoskatti

 ICMR 2012-2013

  1. “Study of PEFR, VO2MAX and their correlation in normal weight & overweight medical students” as a project for ICMR STS 2012.   
    Mr. Ashwin Vinod  
    Guide: Dr.Priya S A
  2. Comparative study of effect of acute mental stress on HR, BP and   HR variability in Type-2 diabetics and non diabetics. 
    MS. Radha Wajpey 
    Guide: Dr.Anupama deepak
  3. “Correlation of painSensitivity to sweet taste and mean arterial pressure in young normotensive adults” 
    Ms.Neelam Demakkanavar 
    Guide: Dr.Priya S A
  4. A study of correlation between haemoglobin percentage and cognitive function in children from rural area staying in residential school in Karnataka. 
    Mr.Santoshkumar P Hammigi 
    Guide: Dr.Nagalakshmi
  5. The effect of ice water ingestion on autonomic reactivity in healthy subjects 
    Ms.Ashwini Raju 
    Guide: Dr.Savitri P S
  6. Chronoscopic Reaction Time to Detect Cognitive Impairment in  Patients with anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder.A case control study “ 
    Ms.Keerthi Bhajantri 
    Guide: Dr.Vithalsa Khode
  7. Incidence of subclinical cardiac autonomic neuropathy in in diabetis in relation to, gender & duration of disease Mr.Goutam Shetty
    Guide: Dr.Nagalakshmi

Ongoing Research:

  1. Effect of cell phone conversation and cognitive task on Auditory, Visual and Whole body reaction time.
  2. Study of simple visual and auditory reaction time in smokers and non smokers of Dharwad city.
  3. Comparative study of effect of acute mental stress on HR,BP and HR variability in diabetics and non diabetics.
  4. Study of PEFR, VO2MAX and their correlation in normal weight  and overweight medical students.
  5. Study of effect of laughing yoga on HR,BP & pulmonary functions in young adults working on construction site at Dharwad.
  6. Effect of night shift on Pulmonary Functions of nurses working in various wards of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar Hospital at Dharwad.
  7. Correlation of pain sensitivity to sweet taste and mean arterial pressure in young normotensive adults.


Dr. Sadashiv L Karne                
Professor & HOD
Dr. Vithal H. Khode
Dr. Savitri Siddanagoudra
Associate Professor
Dr. Nagalakshmi V.
Associate Professor
Dr. Shantala S Herlekar
Assistant Professor
Dr. Ashwini R Doyizode
Assistant Professor
Dr. Shankar H. Kulkarni
Ms. Komal G. Ruikar
Dr. Sanjivani S. Jadhav

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