Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Internal medicine doctor

Bio:   Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, is an internist and clinical 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). During her time at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), she led the organization-wide initiative to collect patient race/ethnicity and language information, enabling PAMF researchers to conduct disparities research using electronic health records. She was the co-founder of PRANA (along with Dr. Ronesh Sinha), a South Asian Wellness program. 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 is currently working on implementation of evidence based genetic and pharmacogenetic testing in Primary Care Clinics as the Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care ( with Dr. Megan Mahoney). She also co-leads the Stanford GenePool (founded by Dr. Thomas Quertermous in 2014) at Stanford, a population based biobank designed to accelerate genetic and other -omics discovery.

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1996) MI
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of 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)
  • 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)

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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