Latha Palaniappan

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medical Disciplines, Stanford University School of Medicine


Research Description: For the past fifteen years Dr. Palaniappan has been engaged in patient-oriented research in the areas of diabetes and cardiovascular risk. Her research is aimed at addressing the gap in knowledge of health-related and patient-centered outcomes, specifically exploring prevention and treatment approaches and gender and racial/ethnic disparities in obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and coronary heart disease. As lifestyle and contextual factors greatly impact cardiovascular disease risk factors, her research focuses on qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop culturally aware treatments and recommendations that health care organizations and physicians can carry into their practice. Current studies include examining the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for T2DM management.

Selected relevant publications (Stanford DRC members in BOLD):

  1. Natesan A, Nimbal VC, Ivey SL, Wang EJ, Madsen KA, Palaniappan LP. Engaging South Asian women with type 2 diabetes in a culturally relevant exercise intervention: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2015 Oct 28;3(1) e000126. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2015-000126. PMID:26566446.
  2. Azar KM, Aurora M, Wang EJ, Muzaffar A, Pressman A, Palaniappan LP. Virtual small groups for weight management: an innovative delivery mechanism for evidence-based lifestyle interventions among obese men. Transl Behav Med. 2015 Mar;5(1):37-44. PMID: 25729451.
  3. Chung S, Azar K, Baek M, Lauderdale DS, Palaniappan LP. Reconsidering the age thresholds for Type 2 Diabetes Screenings in the US. Am J Prev Med 2014 Oct;47(4): 375-381. PMID: 25131213.
  4. Choi SE, Liu M, Palaniappan LP, Wang EJ, Wong ND. Gender and ethnic differences in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among Asian subgroups in California. J Diabetes Complications 2013;27(5):429-35. PMID: 23743139.
  5. Bhalla V, Zhao B, Azar KM, Wang EJ, Choi S, Wong EC, Fortmann SP, Palaniappan LP. Racial/ethnic differences in the prevalence of proteinuric and nonproteinuric diabetic kidney disease. Diabetes Care. 2013 May;36(5):1215-21. PMID:23238659
  6. Dixit AA, Azar KM, Gardner CDPalaniappan LP. Incorporation of whole, ancient grains into a modern Asian Indian diet to reduce the burden of chronic disease. Nutr Rev. 2011 Aug;69(8):479-88. PMID: 21790614.