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Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    PAMF Palo Alto 795 El Camino Real MC 5807 Internal Medicine Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Tel Work (650) 853-4752 Fax (650) 329-9114
  • Academic Offices
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine

Administrative Appointments

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

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2009)
  • "Top Physician", ConsumersÂ’ Research Council of America (2007-2009)
  • BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in WomenÂ’s Health) Scholar., NIH Career Development Award (K12) (2003 - 2006)
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (2003)
  • Katherine McCormick Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (2006)
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Professional Education

Residency: Kaiser Found Hosp San Fran CA (07/99)
Internship: Kaiser Found Hosp San Fran CA (07/01/97)
Medical Education: University of Michigan School of Medicine MI (05/06/1996)
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)

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Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Latha Palaniappan is currently an Associate Investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Palaniappan has completed over 20 studies spanning 10 years in the areas of ethnicity, obesity, and diabetes risk. She has received grants from the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Michigan (MO1-RR00042) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Individual NIH National Research Service Award -
5F32HL010338) to explore gender and ethnic differences in insulin metabolism as it affects the incidence of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. She has explored these issues in clinical trials as well as 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). Her clinical interests are in Preventive Cardiology, especially raising awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in Asian Americans. Dr. Palaniappan continues to devote 10% of her time to clinical practice in the Palo Alto Medical Foundation South Asian Wellness Program ( She has recently received research grants from the American Heart Association (0885049N) and the National Institutes of Health (1R01DK081371-01A1) to study cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Asian Americans.


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