Office Address

Department of Neurology 
University of Kentucky Medical Center
KY Clinic, J-401
Lexington, KY 40536-0284

Personal Statement

Dr. Thakkar plans to pursue a career in academic neuro-oncology following residency. After obtaining her medical degree, she worked extensively in oncology clinics/research and was a part of the University of Kentucky's Brain Tumor Center where she made significant contributions to neuro-oncology research. 

In her free time she enjoys biking, cooking, watching movies and spending time with her family.

Medical School

2007, MBBS, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Maharashtra, India 


2014 to present, Neurology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Clinical and Research Interests


Fellowship Plans

After graduation, Dr. Thakkar plans to pursue a fellowship in neuro-oncology.

Medical Licensure

Kentucky Medical License


  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification (ACLS)
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certification (CITI)
  • Financial Disclosure
  • National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • University of Kentucky Department of Neurology Handover Certification

Hospital Privileges

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology


  • Chief Resident 2016-17
  • UK Neurology, Resident of the Year, 2017
  • UK Neurology, Excellence in Research 2017
  • UK GME Resident of the month January 2017
  • UK Neurology Resident of the month December 2016
  • Best Poster Presentation of ECFMG certified physician at 10th Annual AMA Research Symposium, November 2012, Honolulu, HI
  • Best Poster Presentation of ECFMG certified physician at 11th Annual AMA Research Symposium, November 2013, National Harbor, MD.


Publications/Peer-Reviewed Original Research in Professional, Scientific or Educational Journals

Thakkar JP, Liu M, Garcia C, Dressler EVM and Villano JL. Analysis of Demographics, Survival, and Patterns of Care of Pediatric Glioblastoma Using National Cancer Database. Submitted Neurooncology.

Thakkar JP, Slevin JT, Smith CD, Sudhakar P, St. Clair WH, Villano JL. Bilateral Radiation Optic Neuropathy Following Concurrent Chemotherapy and Radiation in Glioblastoma. Accepted Neuropthalmology May 2017.

Hayder Saeed, Reema Patel, Jigisha Thakkar, Lames Hamoodi, Le Chen, John Villano. Multimodality therapy improves survival in intramedullary spinal cord metastasis of lung primary. Accepted, Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy

Dolecek TA, Dressler EVM, Thakkar JP, Liu M, Al-Qaisi A, Villano JL. Epidemiology of Meningiomas Post Public Law 107-206 – The Benign Brain Tumor Cancer Registries Act. Cancer 2015. PMID 25872752.

Thakkar JP, Dolecek TA, Horbinski C, Ostrom QT, Lightner DD, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Villano JL. Epidemiologic and Molecular Prognostic Review of Glioblstoma. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2014 Oct. PMID: 25053711

Villano JL, Durbin EB, Normandeau C, Thakkar JP, Davis F. Incidence of Brain Metastasis at Initial Presentation of Lung Cancer. Cancer. Neuro-oncology. 2014 Jun 2. pii: nou099. PMID: 24891450.

Thakkar JP, Villano JL and McCarthy BJ. Cancers that continue to increase in incidence in elderly. American Journal of Medical Sciences. 05/2014. Jul;348(1):65-70. PMID: 24805784

Thakkar JP, Chew L and Villano JL. Primary CNS Germ Cell Tumors: Current Epidemiology and update on treatment. Medical Oncology, 02/13. Jun; 30 (2): 496. PMID: 23436013

Gabay MP, Thakkar JP, Stachnik JM, Woelich SK, Villano JL. Intra-CSF Administration of Chemotherapy Medications. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, 07/2012. 70(1):p.1-15. PMID: 22660736.

McGraw S, Thakkar JP and Mehta DG, Inguinal Lymph Node Metastasis Of Colon Cancer. Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology, 02/2012. 32(3):p.168-170. PMID: 22557787

Thakkar, JP and Mehta, DG, A Review of an Unfavorable Subset of Breast Cancer: Estrogen Receptor Positive Progesterone Receptor Negative. The Oncologist, 03/2011. 16(3):p. 276-85. PMID: 21339261

Book Chapter

Thakkar JP. Brain Neoplasm, Glioblastoma. Ferri Clinical Advisor 2017 edition.

Meeting Presentations

JP Thakkar, M Liu, EVM Dressler and JL Villano. Analysis of Demographics, Survival and Patterns of Care of Pediatric Glioblastoma Using National Cancer Database. Oral Presentation, Resident Research Day, May 2017. Poster presentation AACR 17th Annual meeting, Washington DC, April 2017.

Dolecek TA, Thakkar JP, Long K, Villano JL. Comprehensive Analysis of Demographics and Survival of Pediatric Medulloblastoma. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. May 31-June 4, 2014, Chicago, Illinois. J Clin Oncol 32:5s, 2014 (suppl; abstr 2100).

Villano JL, B Huang, Thakkar JP, Q Chen, M Hatfield, Pittman T, Docelek TA.

ED-34 identification of factors in glioblastoma not receiving upfront radiation therapy.  Neuro Oncol. 2014 Nov; 16(Suppl 5): v73. PMCID: PMC4218075

Thakkar JP, Dolecek TA, Villano JL. Descriptive Epidemiology of Meningiomas in the United States. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. May 31-June 4, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Thakkar JP, Dolecek TA, Popa A, Villano JL. Racial disparities in survival of glioblastoma patients not treated with radiation. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. May 31-June 4, 2013, Chicago, Illinois. J Clin Oncol 31, 2013 (suppl; abstr 2069). 

2013 AMA Research Symposium; National Harbor, MD. 

Danciu OC, Thakkar JP and Mehta DG. Estrogen Receptor(ER) + Progesterone Receptor (PR) - tumors: Pathology and outcome correlations from a single center cohort. ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium. 30, 2012 (suppl 27; abstr 160).

Thakkar JP, McCarthy BJ and Villano JL. Cancer sites and/or histologies with increasing incidence in elderly. 10th Annual AMA Research Symposium. Nov. 9-10, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Quality Improvement Project

Brain Tumor Patient Education Website
Code Status Project

Sponsored Research Projects and Grants

Pilot Pathology Study to Test Clinicopathologic Effects of NOVO TTF-100A in Recurrent Glioblastoma. Work in Progress
Principal Investigator: Dr. John L. Villano
Role in Project: Co-investigator
Pilot Pathology Study to Analyze IDH mutation in Gemistocytic Astrocytoma
Principal Investigator: Dr. Vanessa Smith
Role: Co-investigator/First Author