Biography

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. During her time at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, she led the organization-wide initiative to collect patient race/ethnicity and language information, enabling researchers to conduct disparities research using electronic health records. Her current work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management, as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics. 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. She also co-leads the Stanford GenePool at Stanford, a population based biobank designed to accelerate genetic and other -omics discovery.