Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Internal medicine doctor

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health

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Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, is an internist, and clinical and population researcher. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities (PACS 5R01DK081371, CASPER R01HL126172, and CAUSES R01MD007012). Her current work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management (Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics - IMPACT, 5R18DK096394), as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics (Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics - STRONG-D, 2R01DK081371). She was recently awarded a Midcareer Investigator Award (K24 HL150476) by the National Institutes of Health to provide mentoring to junior clinical investigators in the conduct of patient oriented research. She is currently working on implementation of evidence based genetic and pharmacogenetic testing in clinical settings. She is the Faculty co-Director of the Stanford Biobank (with Drs. Brooke Howitt and Joachim Hallmayer) designed to accelerate translatable scientific discoveries. She co-founded (with Dr. Bryant Lin) the Center for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Research and Education (CARE) at Stanford in 2018. She recently received a Fulbright Future Scholar Award and will work with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation on implementation of Precision Health in Australia.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Residency: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Internal Medicine Residency (1999) CA
  • Internship: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Internal Medicine Residency (1997) CA
  • Medical Education: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1996) MI
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1999)
  • M.S., Stanford University, Epidemiology (2001)
  • B.A./M.D., University of Michigan, Integrated Premedical-Medical (1996)

Honors & Awards
  • "Top Physician", Consumers' Research Council of America (2007-2009)
  • Asian American Faculty Award, Stanford University (2016)
  • BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) Scholar., NIH Career Development Award (K12) (2003 - 2006)
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (2012)
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (2003)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2009)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (2006)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association 27th Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Heart Disease (2001)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Fulbright (Nov 2022-Feb 2023)
  • Healthcare Hero Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013)
  • Individual NIH National Research Service Award (F-32), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2000-2003)
  • Katherine McCormick Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Kughn Clinical Research Center Grant, University of Michigan Medical Center (1996)
  • Leave-in-Service Award, Social X-Change, in partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (2021)
  • Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2020-2025)

  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - 2010)
  • Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2010 - 2014)
  • Assistant Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2006 - 2009)
  • Associate Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2009 - 2014)
  • Attending Physician, Preventive Cardiology Clinic (2002 - 2008)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco (2008 - 2011)
  • Medical Director of Clinical Research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2012 - 2014)
  • Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care, Stanford Division of Primary Care and Population Health (2017 - Present)


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