Biography

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

Dr. Akkanti’s clinical interests at UTHealth include diagnosis and management of critically ill patients in the Adult Critical Care Units at UTHealth. She is also currently an active member in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital and works in a large disciplinary 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.

 

Education

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