Speaker Profile

M.D., Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), Stanford University Medical Center

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 is the Faculty Director of the Precision Health Biobank (founded by Dr. Thomas Quertermous in 2014) at Stanford, a population based biobank designed to accelerate genetic and other -omics discovery. She co-founded (with Dr. Bryant Lin) the Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) at Stanford in 2018.

Pharmacogenetic Testing in Healthy Individuals
Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care at Stanford will discuss the initial experiences with pharmacogenetic testing in healthy individuals to guide current and future medication dosing.