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Priyathama Vellanki MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Dr. Vellanki is a member of the EndocrineWeb Editorial Board.

About Priyathama Vellanki MD

Dr. Vellaki is currently an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipids at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  She sees patients with diabetes and supervises endocrinology fellows at Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Atlanta.

She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She completed both an internship and residency in Internal medicine followed by a clinical fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. During her clinical fellowship, she also did a research fellowship in the Northwestern University Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hormone Action.

Dr. Vellanki has presented her research at national professional meetings for which she has won many awards including the Presidential Poster Award at the Endocrine Society. She has also published in peer-reviewed journals in the field of polycystic ovary syndrome and inpatient diabetes management. Her current research interests include management of inpatient hyperglycemia and epigenetic markers leading to changes in insulin sensitivity in ketosis-prone diabetes mellitus.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Arunachalam S*, Vellanki P*, Kunselman A, Raja-Khan N, Dunaif A, Legro R. Familial Aggregation of Circulating C-Reactive Protein in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  Human Reproduction, 2013, Mar; 28(3):770-6, PMC ID: 23257395.
*Contributed equal effort

Vellanki P, Lange K, Elaraj D, Kopp P, El Muayed M. Denosumab for Management of   Parathyroid Carcinoma-Mediated Hypercalcemia.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2014 Feb; 99(2):387-90, PMC ID: 24178790.

Kobaly K, Vellanki P, Sisk RK, Armstrong L, Lee JY, Lee J, Hayes MG, Urbanek M, Legro RS, Dunaif A. Parent-of-origin Effects on Glucose Homeostasis in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2014, Aug;99(8):2961-6, PMC ID: 24878041.

Vellanki, P, Umpierrez, GE. Iatrogenic hypoglycemia and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus Editorial. Revista Clinica Espanola, 2015 Mar, 215(2):104-6, PMC ID: 25620045.

Vellanki P, Bean R, Oyedokun FA, Pasquel FJ, Smiley D, Farrokhi F, Newton C, Peng L, Umpierrez GE. Randomized Controlled Trial of Insulin Supplementation for Correction of Bedtime Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2015, Apr, 38(4):568-74, PMC ID: 25665812.

Vellanki P, Hwang J, Philipson LH, Layden BT. MODY and Pancreatic Transplant: Making a Case for Universal MODY Screening Before Transplant. AACE Clinical Case Reports, 2015, Spring, Volume 1, Issue 2.

Umpierrez, GE, Cardona S, Pasquel F, Jacobs S, Peng L, Unigwe M, Newton, CA, Smiley-Byrd D, Vellanki P, Halkos M, Puskas JD, Guyton RA, Thourani VH. Randomized Controlled Trial of Intensive Versus Conservative Glucose Control in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: GLUCO-CABG. Diabetes Care, 2015 Sep;38(9):1665-72. PMC ID: 26180108.

Haw JS, Tantry S, Vellanki P, Pasquel, FJ. National Strategies to decrease the burden of diabetes and its complications: Review. Current Diabetes Reports 2015 Sep;15(9):65. PMC ID: 26255260.

Haw JS, Farrokhi F, Smiley D, Peng L, Reyes D, Newton CA, Pasquel FJ, Vellanki P, Umpierrez GE. Comparison of basal insulin regimen on glycemic variability in non-critically ill patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Endocrine Practice, 2015, Dec;21(12):1333-1343. PMC ID: 26307899.

Buehler L, Fayfman M, Alexopoulos A, Zhao L, Farrokhi F, Weaver J, Smiley D, Pasquel FJ, Vellanki P, Umpierrez GE. The Impact of Hyperglycemia and Obesity on Hospitalization Cost and Clinical Outcome in General Surgery Patients. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications. 2015 Nov-Dec;29(8):1177-82. PMC ID: 26355027.

Pasquel FJ, Gomez-Huelgas R, Anzola I, Oyedokun F, Haw JS, Vellanki P, Peng L, Umpierrez GE. Predictive Value of Admission Hemoglobin A1c on Inpatient Glycemic Control and Response to Insulin Therapy in Medicine and Surgery Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 Dec; 38(12):e202-3. PMC ID: 26519335.

Fayfman M, Vellanki P, Alexopoulos AS, Buehler L, Zhao L, Smiley D, Haw S, Weaver J, Pasquel FJ, Umpierrez GE. Report on Racial Disparities in Hospitalized Patients with Hyperglycemia and Diabetes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jan 6 [epub ahead of print] PMID: 26735258.

Vellanki P, Umpierrez G. Detemir is non-inferior to NPH insulin in women with pregestations type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus. Evid Based Med. 2016 Feb 3 [epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26842843.

Abstracts and Poster Presentations

Vellanki P, Armstrong LL, Cooper AJ, Maraka S,  Legro RS, Dunaif A, Hayes MG.  Heritability of metabolic syndrome in families of women with polycystic ovary syndrome”. ENDO 2011: The 93rd Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society, Boston, MA. June 4-7, 2011. Abstract # 1307 (poster presentation). Presidential Poster Competition Winner.

Vellanki P, Armstrong LL, Legro RS, Dunaif A, Hayes MG. Role of hyperandrogenemia in heritability of body mass index in polycystic ovary syndrome. Obesity 2012: 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, San Antonio, TX. September 20-24, 2012.  Abstract # 867-P (poster presentation).

Vellanki P, Yalamanchi SK, Bergman RN, Dunaif A. “Masculinzation of Counterregulatory Hormone Responses to Hypoglycemia in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”. ENDO 2013: The 95th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society, San Francisco, CA. June 15-18, 2013. Abstract # 7062 (poster presentation). Clinical Fellows Abstract Award in Women’s Health.

Kuang H, Vellanki P, Dodson W.C, Kunselman A, Dunaif A, Legro R.S. “Fasting Glucose Levels Do Not Predict Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”.  ASRM 2013: The 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society For Reproductive Medicine, Boston, MA, October 12-17, 2013.  Abstract # P-735 (poster presentation).

Vellanki P, Wallia A, Therasse A, Molitch M, Smallwood K, Johnson D, Ross-York E, Springer J, Holl J, Aleppo G. “Treatment of Diabetic Ketoacidosis at Northwestern Memorial Hospital”. Northwestern Improvement Day, October 24th, 2013, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (poster presentation).

Pasquel FJ, Vellanki P, Cardona S, Anzola I, Fayfman M, Peng L, Smiley D, Umpierrez GE. “Association of Glycemic Control, Inflammatory Markers and Peri-Operative Complications in Patients Undergoing CABG”. ENDO 2014: The 96th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Chicago, IL. June 21-24, 2014. Abstract # 17902 (poster presentation).

Vellanki P, Stefanovski D, Bergman R.N, Dunaif A. “Obese Women with PCOS Have Reduced Liver Glucokinase Activity”. ENDO 2014: The 96th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Chicago, IL. June 21-24, 2014. Abstract # 13815 (poster presentation).

Daviau E, Vellanki P, Torchen L, Sisk R, Werstein B, Legro R.S, Urbanek U, Hayes M.G, Dunaif A. “Mapping Missing Heritability in PCOS: Developing Interpretive and Validation Methodology for Identifying the Contribution of Rare Variants to PCOS”.  ENDO 2014: The 96th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Chicago, IL. June 21-24, 2014. Abstract # 16112 (poster presentation).

Vellanki P, Park P, Fayfman M, Anzola I, Peralta G, Peng L, Pasquel FJ, Haw JS, Smiley D, Umpierrez GE. “ Comparison of Clinical Characteristics and Hospital Outcomes Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in the Inpatient Setting”. AACE 2015: AACE 24th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress, Nashville, TN. May 13-17th, 2015. Late breaking abstract, Poster #1211 (poster presentation).

Pasquel FJ, Uppal JK, Haw JS, Vellanki P, Ziegler TR, Jones DP, Umpierrez GE. “High-resolution Plasma metabolomics during treatment of Diabetic Ketoacidosis”. ADA 2015: The 75th Annual Scientific Session, Boston, MA, June 5-9, 2015. Abstract #2015-LBA-6001 (late breaking poster presentation).

Galindo R, Harris Y, Wallia A, Fishbein JS, Vellanki P, Umpierrez GE. “Body Mass Index, Diabetes Type and Mortality after Cardiac Transplantation”, ADA 2015: The 75th Annual Scientific Session, Boston MA, June 5-9, 2015. Abstract # 1845-P (poster presentation).

Pasquel FJ, Fayfman M, Vellanki P, Haw, JS, Smiley D, Zhao L, Nair S, Weaver J, Umpierrez GE. “Efficacy and Safety of Oral Antidiabetic Drug Therapy in General Hospitalized Population with Type 2 Diabetes” ADA 2015: The 75th Annual Scientific Session, Boston MA, June 5-9, 2015. Abstract # 1268-P (poster presentation).

Pasquel FJ, Powell W, Smiley D, Peng L, Vellanki P, Haw JS, Doan J, Ramos C, Umpierrez GE. “Hypoglycemia between Treatment with Oral Agents and Basal Insulin in Elderly Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in Long-Term Care Facilities”  ADA 2015: The 75th Annual Scientific Session, Boston MA, June 5-9, 2015. Abstract # 407-P (poster presentation).

Articles Written by Priyathama Vellanki MD

How Doctors Diagnose Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by a physician who evaluates symptoms, signs, and the results of blood tests to determine your hormone status for an underactive thyroid.
American Thyroid Association Guidelines on Treatment of Hypothyroidism
Part II in a series covering the American Thyroid Association guidelines on the treatment of hypothyroidism. This section covers recommendations regarding managing comorbid diseases, patient subpopulations, treatment nonadherence, secondary hypothyroidism, management of symptoms when thyroid function is normal, and ethical considerations.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment
While there is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are many ways to manage symptoms using both lifestyle changes and medication, if necessary. Learn how here.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Female Teenagers and Women
Learn about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). This is a common condition that causes a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, acne, and weight problems.
American Thyroid Association Guideline: Treatment of Hospitalized Patients with Hypothyroidism and Use of Thyroid Hormone Analogs
Part IV in a series covering the American Thyroid Association guideline on the treatment of hypothyroidism. This section covers recommendations for hospitalized patients with hypothyroidism and use of thyroid hormone analogs.
American Thyroid Association Continues to Recommend Levothyroxine as First-Line Therapy for Hypothyroidism
This article is the first in a series covering the American Thyroid Association guidelines on the treatment of hypothyroidism. This section covers recommendations regarding levothyroxine therapy.
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia: MEN Types 1 and 2
Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) is a group of disorders that affect the endocrine system, which is made up of glands that produce, store, and release hormones into the bloodstream.
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia: Genetic Testing and Treatment
Genetic testing can be used to help aid in the diagnosis or to test family members of a person diagnosed with multiple endocrine neoplasia )MEN) to see if the family members also have the genetic mutation and, thus, are at risk for MEN in the future. This article also includes treatment information.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Is it right for you?
If you have menopause symptoms and are considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), read to this article to learn more.
Hypothyroidism: Potential Symptoms and Causes of an Underactive Thyroid Gland
Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disease that affects people globally. Two- to three-percent of Americans have hypothyroidism; 10-15% mild hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism affects women more than men. Learn more about this endocrine disorder, including the symptoms and potential causes.

Articles Reviewed by Priyathama Vellanki MD

How Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treated?
Lifestyle behaviors, specifically healthy diet and exercise can reverse some symptoms of PCOS. Medication may be necessary to help reduce chronic disease risks.
What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition common among women of reproductive age. PCOS affects menstrual periods, insulin, body weight, and more.
Do I Have PCOS? 2-Min PCOS Symptoms Quiz
How do you know if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Take this quiz to see if you are experiencing the symptoms of PCOS and determine if you need diagnosis and treatment
What Causes PCOS? and How Will It Affect My Body?
PCOS symptoms and causes can be better understood by getting to grips with the basis of genetics and hormone imbalances. Learn about the signs of PCOS here
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): How Is It Diagnosed?
No single test exists for a PCOS diagnosis. Doctors rely on symptoms and these other methods to determine whether you have polycystic ovary syndrome
If I Have PCOS, How Do I Find the Right Doctor?
How to find the right doctor and resources to help you manage symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and assure you get the best care.

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