Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kandula is a general internist with advanced training in epidemiology, public health, and health services research. Dr. Kandula received her B.A. at Bryn Mawr College (1993) and both her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine (1998). After completing her residency in Primary Care/Internal Medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Kandula is an expert in Asian American health, cross-cultural communication, and health promotion for minority communities. She currently directs an ongoing research program to develop, implement, and evaluate literacy and culturally appropriate behavioral interventions targeted at cardiovascular risk reduction in minority populations. Dr. Kandula is a recipient of a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Site-PI of the NHLBI-funded MASALA study, the first prospective cohort study examining the mediators of atherosclerosis in South Asian Americans. She is also leading a project examining the use of SMARTphone technology to monitor and motivate physical activity in South Asian immigrants. Her publications appear in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Cancer, Patient Education and Counseling, and Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. Kandula also serves as a National Advisory Committee Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Funding Partnerships program and is a graduate of the Community Leadership Program run by the Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans.