Dr.D.J. Christopher

Dr.D.J. Christopher
Pulmonologist, Vellore


  • Dr. Devasahayam Christopher is a Consultant at Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore
  • Languages :English, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi


  • Pulmonology


  • Clinical respiratory medicine (incl. Respiratory allergy, Sleep medicine & Tuberculosis)
  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy & Medical Thoracoscopy
  • Interventional bronchoscopy(Tumour ablation, electrosurgery, balloon dilatation, airway stenting)
  • Pulmonary Physiology & lung function testing



Practice Information

Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore

Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore

Ida Scudder Road, Vellore, Tamil Nadu - 632004

Patient Experience

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Achievements & Contributions

  • Point of care testing for TB pleural effusion
  • Utility of Xpert MTB/Rif in the evaluation of patientssuspected to have pulmonary TB
  • Prevalence of latent TB infection in allied healthsciences trainees other than nurses.
  • Validation of interferon-gamma assay for the diagnosisof tuberculosis infection in nursing trainees
  • To study the resistancepattern in tuberculosis disease in healthcare workers in CMC Hospital,Vellore
  • Evaluation of efficacy and tolerability of deflazacortversus prednisolone in the treatment of out-patient exacerbation of bronchialasthma
  •  Systemic steroid sparingeffect & Safety of Ciclesonide MDI in the out patient management of Asthmaexacerbation -a double blind randomized control trial
  • SaResearch Publications:Saheer, Balamugesh Thangakunam, Devasahayam JesudasChristopher, Biju George. Lenalidomide‑induced diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. LungIndia 2014;319(1): 90-91. DOI:10.4103/0970-2113.126004.
  • Claudia M. Denkinger,Yatiraj Kalantri, Samuel G. Schumacher, Joy S. Michael, Deepa Shankar, ArvindSaxena, Natarajan Sriram, Thangakunam Balamugesh, Robert Luo, Nira R. Pollock,Madhukar Pai, Devasahayam J. Christopher. Challengesin the Development of an Immunochromatographic Interferon-Gamma Test forDiagnosis of Pleural Tuberculosis. PLoS ONE 2013; 8(12): e85447.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085447.  
  • Christopher DJ, Schumacher SG, Michael Luo R, BalamugeshT, MD1, Duraikannan P,  Pollock NR, PaiM, Denkinger CM. Performance of Xpert®MTB/RIF on pleural tissue for the diagnosis of pleural Tuberculosis. Eur Respir J. 2013 Nov;42(5):1427-9. doi:10.1183/09031936.00103213. Epub 2013 Jul 30.
  • Christopher DJ, BalamugeshT. TB risk in healthcare workers. Indian Journal Chest Dis &All Sci2013;55:149-54.
  • COPD guidelines workinggroup. Guidelines for the diagnosis & management of Chronic obstructivepulmonary disease: joint ICS & NCCP(I) recommendations. Lung India2013(30). doi:10.4103/0970-2113.116248.
  • Singh RK, Thangakunam B, Isaac B,
  • Singh RK, ChristopherDJ, Isaac TJ, Jeyaraj V, Balamugesh T. Endobronchial rhinosporidiosis. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2013 Apr;20(2):164-6.doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e31828cf4a0.
  • Vedanthan PK, Mahesh PA, Christopher DJ. Allergenscreening tests -role in clinical practice. Indian Journal of PracticalPaediatrics 2013;15(3): 206 – 11.
  • Sheldon RL, Christopher DJ et al. Tuberculosis andMan: An eternal worldwide struggle. AARC journal 2012 (Dec): 30 – 42.
  • Nambiar A, Christopher DJ, Mammen J, David T, Kang G,David S. Informed consent among anursing students participating in biomedicalresearch. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 2012; IX(3):186-9.
  • Chacko BR, Irodi A, Jesudason BIT, Devasahayam CJ.Unusual mediastinal cystic lesions with air fluid level. Trop Doct. 2012Oct;42(4):221–2.
  • Ezhilarasu PAugustine J
  • Christopher D J. Textbook of pulmonarymedicine. Indian J Med Res 2012;135:143.
  • Thomas R, Christopher DJ, ThangakunamB, Samuel R, Tracheal schwannoma as a mimic of bronchial asthma. Singapore Med J 2012; 53(5): e95–e96.
  • Thomas R, Christopher D J, Balamugesh T, Thomas M.Endobronchial pulmonary cryptococcosis and tuberculosis in an immunocompetenthost.  Singapore Med J 2012; 53(2): e32–e34.  http://smj.sma.org.sg/5302/5302cr3.pdf(accepted).
  • James P, Gupta R, Christopher DJ, Thankagunam B andVeeraraghavan B. MDR and XDR-TB among suspected drug resistant TB patients in atertiary care hospital in India. Clin Respir J 2011; 5(1):19-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-699X.2009.00184.x.
  • Mehta AA, Jose W, Balamugesh T., Christopher DJ, Righthilar mass with haemoptysis;  An unusualpresentation of uncommon disorder. Lung India 2011;28(4): 306-308.
  • Christopher DJ, James P, Daley P, Armstrong L, Isaac BT, ThangakunamB, Premkumar B, Zwerling A, Pai M. HighAnnual Risk of Tuberculosis Infection among Nursing Students in South India: ACohort Study. PLoSOne. 2011;6(10):e26199. Epub 2011 Oct 12.
  • Pai M, Christopher D J. Protecting young healthcaretrainees from tuberculosis: Can we overcome apathy? The National MedicalJournal of India 2011; 24(4): 198-200.
  • N John, A Joshua Thangakunam B, Christopher DJ.Maximal oxygen consumption is lower for the healthy Indian population comparedto Caucasian populations." Journal of Cardioplumonary Rehabilitation andPrevention 2011;31:322–327.
  • Chandramohan A, Shyamkumar NK, Christopher DJ. Outcomeof bronchial artery embolization in patients with life threatening hemoptysisdue to tuberculosis and its sequelae. Diagn Interv Radiol. 2011 Jun 15. doi: 10.4261/1305-3825.DIR.3876-11.2.[Epub ahead of print] .
  • Thomas R, Thangakunam B, Cherian R Gupta R,Christopher DJ. Cerebral air embolism complicating CT-guidedtrans-thoracic  needle biopsy of thelung. Clin Respir J 2010: 1-3.
  • Mehta AA, Gupta R, T Balamugesh, Christopher DJ.Chylous ascites and chylothorax:a case study. Libyan J Med 2010, 5: 5298. DOI:10.3402/ljm.v5i0.529.
  • ChristopherDJ, Daley P, Armstrong L, James P, Gupta R, Premkumar B, Michael JS, Radha V,Zwerling A, Schiller I, Dendukuri N, Pai M. Tuberculosisinfection among young nursing trainees in South India. PLoS One.2010 Apr 29;5(4):e10408.
  • ThangakunamB, Christopher DJ, James P, Gupta R. Semi-rigidthoracoscopy: initial experience from a tertiary care hospital. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci. 2010r;52(1):25-7.
  • Christopher D J, Nair S, Balamugesh T, Shyam kumar NK,Moses V. Near fatal hemorrhage after bronchoscopic resection of carcinoidtumor- successfully managed by embolisation. Journal ofBronchology
  • Krishnappriya R,Gupta R, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T, James P. Bronchiolitisobliterans organising pneumonia in systemic lupus erythematosus withanti-phospholipid antibody syndrome--an unusual presentation. Clin Respir J. 2010 Apr;4(2):125-6
  • Prince James, Richa Gupta, DJ Christopher and T Balamugesh “Evaluation of the diagnostic yield and safety of closed pleural biopsy in the diagnosis of pleural effusion” Indian Journal of Tuberculosis Accepted after revision on 16.11.2009.
  • Jenifer Jeba, Reena George, Balamugesh Thangakunam, DJ Christopher “Pain assessment and analgesic prescription for cancer patients in a medical ward: The influence of an educational intervention”. The National Medical Journal of India Vol. 22, No. 4, 2009
  • James P, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T, Gupta R. “Death of a health care worker with nosocomial extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in India”. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2009 Jun;13(6):795-6.
  • Thomas R, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T., Shah A, “Clinico-pathologic study of pulmonary carcinoid tumours – A retrospective analysis and review of literature” Respir Med. 2008 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Jeba J, John S, Backiyanathan S, Christopher DJ, Kurian S, “Inflammatory pseudotumour of the lung with sarcomatous brain metastasis” European Journal of cancer care, (Oct 2008)
  • Thomas R, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T., Thomas M, Mathew P, “Rare manifestation of sarcoidosis as Endobronchial mass” Journal Of Bronchology. 2008, 15(1): 44-45.
  • Thangakunam B, Christopher DJ, Kurian S, Thomas R, James P. Endogenous excess cortisol production and diabetes mellitus as predisposing factors for pulmonary cryptococcosis. A case report and literature review. Lung india 2008;155-57
  • Pai M, Mohan A, Dheda K, Leung CC, Yew WW, Christopher DJ and Sharma SK, “Lethal   interaction: the colliding epidemics of tobacco and tuberculosis” Expert Rev. Anti Infect. Ther 5(3), 385-391 (2007), 385-391.
  • Thomas R, Christopher DJ, Lalitha MK, Mohan Raj Promila, Balamugesh T, James P, â€œActinomyces odontolyticus as a rare cause ofthoracoactinomycosis – A case report”: Respiratory Medicine Extra (2007) 3,159-160.
  •  Pudupakkam Vedanthan, DJ Christopher. Allergy &  asthma training program in India. World Allergy Organization Journal01/2007; DOI:10.1097/01.WOX.0000301759.76663.40
  • Balamugesh.T.,Christopher DJ, George B, Thomas R.Strongyloidosis hyperinfection in a Neutropenic host diagnosed bybronchoalveolar lavage: The Indian Journal of Chest Diseases & AlliedSciences 2007; 49: 37-39
  • Thomas, Rajesh, Christopher Devasahayam J, Thangakunam Balamugesh, Gupta, Richa. Suture as an Endobronchial Foreign Body CausingSegmental Atelectasis After Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery: A Case Report. Journal of Bronchology. 14(4):281-283, October 2007
  • Thomas  R;Christopher DJ, Thangakunam B; Gupta, R; Jacob M.  Churg-StraussSyndrome with Neutrophilic Vasculitis An Overlap Syndrome or a DifferentDisease Entity? Respirology
  • James P, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T, Thomas R, GuptaR, Danda D, A case of Sjogren syndrome presenting as interstitial pneumonia.Respiratory Medicine Extra, Vol 2(3) 2006,    Pages 101-104
  • Gupta. R, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T;  Thomas R; Cherian R.Pneumomediastinum-An unusual complication  of Transbronchial Lung Biopsy.Journal of Bronchology. 2006, 13(3):172-173
  •  Prince G, Christopher DJ, Balamugesh T, RajeshT, Richa G. Multiple ForeignBody Aspiration and Bronchiectasis. Journal of Bronchology 2006; 13(4):218-220.
  •  Ayyappan AP, Thomas R, Kurian S, Christopher DJ,Cherian R. Multiple cavitating masses in an immunocompromised host with rheumatoidarthritis-related interstitial lung disease: an unusual expression ofcytomegalovirus pneumonitis. Br J Radiol. 2006, 79(947):174-6.
  • Thomas R, Christopher DJ, Chacko J, Ponnaiya J.Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation in a patient with tuberculosis – anassociation? European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery  2006,30: 405-407
  • Rajesh Thomas, Devasahayam J. Christopher, SusyKurien, Balamugesh Thangakunam, Prince James and Richa Gupta. Cryptococcalpleural effusion in acquired immune deficiency syndrome Diagnosis by closedpleural biopsy. Respiratory Medicine Extra 2006; 2(1):7-9