Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Internal medicine doctor

Bio:   Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, is an internist and clinical researcher. Her work has focused on the study of different racial/ethnic populations in the areas of obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular risk. Palaniappan seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities (The Pan Asian Cohort Study - PACS, 5R01DK081371). 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 in the clinical setting. In collaboration with PAMF, her most recent 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 also co-principal investigator on the CAUSES (5R01MD007012) study, which examines mortality and socioeconomic differences between diverse Asian subgroups in the U.S.

Executive Medicine

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 2nd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-721-6700
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Professional Education

  • Residency: Kaiser Found Hosp San Fran (1999) CA
  • Internship: Kaiser Found Hosp San Fran (1997) CA
  • 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

  • Kughn Clinical Research Center Grant, University of Michigan Medical Center (1996)
  • Individual NIH National Research Service Award (F-32), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2000-2003)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association 27th Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Heart Disease (2001)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (2006)
  • Katherine McCormick Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (2003)
  • BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Scholar., NIH Career Development Award (K12) (2003 - 2006)
  • "Top Physician", Consumers’ Research Council of America (2007-2009)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2009)
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (2012)
  • Healthcare Hero Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013)

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director of Clinical Research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2012 - 2014)
  • Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2010 - 2014)
  • Associate Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2009 - 2014)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco (2008 - 2011)
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - 2010)
  • Assistant Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2006 - 2009)
  • Attending Physician, Preventive Cardiology Clinic (2002 - 2008)