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    Latha Palaniappan

    Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S.

    Internal Medicine

    (Board Certified)
    Not Accepting new patients
    Dr. Palaniappan only sees South Asian consults as part of the

    Palo Alto Research Institute
    795 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, California 94301
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    (650) 326-8120 


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    Professional Interests

    Internal Medicine
    Cardiovascular diseases, Cholesterol management, Clinical trials, Diabetes, Heart disease, Hypertension (HTN), Kidney disease, Lipid disorders, Metabolic syndrome, Molecular and genomic cardiology, Nutritional counseling, Obesity, Preventive cardiology, Preventive medicine, Weight management

    Additional Information

    Preventive cardiology -- especially raising awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in South Asian Indians.

    Spoken Languages

    Tamil (Good)

    Community Activities

    Dr. Palaniappan is active in leadership roles at the American Heart Association. She is an invited grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. She is an invited peer-reviewer for many academic journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, and Diabetes Care.

    Personal Interests

    Dr. Palaniappan is married with three children. Her hobbies used to include rock climbing and scuba diving, which she hopes to resume when her kids are older! She completed a marathon in 2001 and a triathlon in 2005, and still enjoys running when she gets a chance.

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    Philosophy of Care

    Dr. Palaniappan is currently an associate investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Her research interests are gender and ethnic differences in incidence of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. She has explored this thesis in large national cohorts including the National Health and Nutrition Examination III (NHANES III), the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC), and the Insulin Resistance in Atherosclerosis Study(IRAS). She has received grants from the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Michigan (MO1-RR00042), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Individual NIH National Research Service Award - 5F32HL010338), the National Institutes of Health (5K12HD043452-02), the American Heart Association (AHA0885049N), and the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (5R01DK081371-02 and 3R01DK08137-01A1S1) to explore racial/ethnic differences in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and their complications. She is board certified in general internal medicine, augmented by further clinical training in Preventive Cardiology. Her clinical interests are in preventive cardiology -- especially raising awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in South Asian Indians.

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