Kesava Kovanur Sampath

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Senior Academic Staff Member

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I trained and practiced as a physiotherapist in India before moving to New Zealand to pursue a masters degree in osteopathy in Auckland. Fascinated by research, I went to the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, where I completed my doctorate (PhD). My PhD thesis explored the role of manual therapy in influencing the neuroendocrine system. I currently have 15 articles published in various international peer-reviewed journals. I also have been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and am an active early career researcher working on a few projects at present. 

I've had more than 12 years of clinical experience as an osteopath in New Zealand and enjoy treating a wide variety of clients. Prior to my osteopathic training, I worked as a physiotherapist in India. I enjoy playing cricket and badminton. Recently, I've been exploring my passion for photography. 

Awards

  • Wintec Contestable Research Grant, 2021
  • Ara Emerging Researcher Award, 2020
  • Ara New to Teaching Award, 2019
  • ONZ Research Grant, 2019
  • Postgraduate Publication Bursary, 2019
  • Grant-in-aid, Maurice Phyllis and Paykel Trust, 2018
  • Health Division Travel Fund, University of Otago, 2018
  • New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association Fund, 2016
  • New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association Fund, 2015
  • Postgraduate fees scholarship, Auckland University of Technology, 2011
  • Unitec Institute of Technology Master’s Thesis completion Award, 2008
  • Postgraduate study award, Unitec Institute of Technology, 2006

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • M.Ost
  • PG Cert TT
  • B.P.T.

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Research activity

Early career researcher.

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Publications Refereed Journal Articles (Published)

  • Kovanur-Sampath K and Fairs E (2020). A piece of the puzzle: Response to Esteves et al. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Darlow B, Tumilty S, Shillito W, Hanses M, Devan H and Thomson OP (2020). Barriers and facilitators experienced by osteopaths in implementing a biopsychosocial (BPS) framework of care when managing people with musculoskeletal pain – A mixed methods systematic review protocol. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Katare R, and Tumilty S (2019). Stress axis and osteopathy – A dual hormone approach. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Mani R, Cotter JD, Katare R, and Tumilty S (2019). Letter to Editor – Regarding “The acute effects of integrated myofascial techniques on lumbar paraspinal blood flow compared with Kinesio-taping: A pilot study”. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K and Roy ED (2017). Barriers to identifying mood disorders in clients by New Zealand osteopaths: Findings of a thematic analysis. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Mani R., Cotter JD., Gisselman A., and Tumilty S. (2017). Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation-a systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Mani R., Cotter JD., Gisselman A., and Tumilty S. (2017). Reply to the letter to Editor regarding “Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation-a systematic review and meta-analysis”. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Botnmark E, Mani R., Cotter, JD, Katare R, Munasinghe PE, and Tumilty S. (2017). Neuroendocrine Response Following a Thoracic Spinal Manipulation in Healthy Men. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Mani R, Miymori T, and Tumilty S (2015). The effects of manual therapy or exercise therapy or both in people with hip osteoarthritis – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K and Roy ED (2015). Management of mood disorders by osteopaths in New Zealand: A survey of current clinical practice. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kovanur-Sampath K, Mani R, and Tumilty S (2015). Measurable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation. Medical Hypotheses.
  • Oliver P. Thomson, Andrew MacMillan, Kesava Kovanur Sampath, et.al. (2021). Opposing Vaccine Hesitancy During the Covid-19 Pandemic - A Critical Commentary and United Statement of an International Osteopathic Research Community. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Regan R, Kovanur-Sampath K, Arumugam A and Devan H (2020). Effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions on disease-specific and generic outcomes for individuals with cardiovascular diseases in India - a systematic review and Meta-analysis. Physical Therapy Reviews.
  • Sangelaji B, Smith CM, Paul L, Kovanur-Sampath K, Treharne GJ and Hale LA. The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Arumugam A, Raja K, Venugopalan M, Chandrasekaran B, Kovanur-Sampath K, et al. Down Syndrome - A narrative review with a focus on anatomical features. Clinical Anatomy. 

What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

The responsibilities and the challenges, not to forget the fun and happiness to serve future physiotherapists, and positively contribute to addressing inequities in physiotherapy education.

What do you love about your area?

Being hands-on.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I currently work as an Educator (senior lecturer) here at Wintec. Prior to this current position, I've worked as an Educator (lecturer) at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch. I find teaching to be stimulating and a great way to serve the profession.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?