“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dr. Akkanti joined UTHealth in 2013 and is a graduate of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and pursued residency in Boston University Medical Center.  She completed her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and was trained in the areas of critical care, lung cancer, asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, and other advanced lung diseases while on rotations at Ben Taub General Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, St. Lukes Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Dr. Akkanti later joined the Clinical Scientist Training Program and pursued bioinformatics based translational research in lung cancer under the guidance of Dr. Francesco DeMayo in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

She enjoyed teaching medical students, residents and fellows and was selected as the Chief Fellow during her final year of fellowship.  She has assisted in the development of multiple educational materials while in residency and fellowship to aid in graduate medical education.

Dr. Akkanti’s current clinical interests at UTHealth include diagnosis and management of critically ill patients in the Adult Critical Care Units at Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center. She is also an active member at Hermann’s Heart and Vascular Institute, where she works among a large multidisciplinary team taking care of adult heart failure patients with mechanical devices. Her research interests include determining gene expression signatures in critically ill patients and in patients with advanced lung diseases utilizing bioinformatics resources.

In her spare time, Dr. Akkanti enjoys traveling, astronomy, reading, and spending time with her family.


Medical Degree
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Boston University Medical Center
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Advanced lung diseases
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Preoperative lung transplant evaluation
  • Postoperative lung transplant care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation (including multidisciplinary supervised rehab)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Pulmonary Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Critical Care Medicine
  • American Society of Quality – Certified Manager of Quality