Dr. Kalpalatha (Kay) Guntupalli

Dr. Kalpalatha (Kay) Guntupalli is an endowed Professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After obtaining a medical degree from Osmania medical college in Hyderabad, she immigrated to the USA specializing in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. She served on the faculty at Pittsburgh and Emory universities. She held/holds many leadership positions in organized medicine. In 1999, she served as the first woman President of the 50,000 strong American Association of Physicians of Indian origin. In 2010, she served as the President of the 20,000 strong American College of Chest Physicians. She was a member of the Critical Care board of the American board of Internal Medicine for 6 years. Her research interests are acute respiratory distress syndrome and medical education. and is the recipient of several grants. She has over 150 scientific publications.

She has helped start a hospital and Medical College in Hyderabad India and a school of respiratory therapy. She visits India 2-3 times a year, volunteering to teach and do patient care in Hyderabad and Puttaparthi, and Bengaluru. She developed many patient and physician educational materials including anti tobacco products in 7 Indian languages and ICU related educational materials.

During the recent COVID pandemic, Houston was hit by a large surge of cases Dr. Gunutpalli led the fight from the front; being in charge of planning for the surge and executing the plans. For her many hours of dedicated leadership, she received the “COVID hero gold pin” from the doctors in the hospital. She was also interviewed by the editor in chief of JAMA Dr. Howard Bauchner in July about her role in the pandemic care. (https://youtu.be/VUzrCJhwFM0)

She is the recipient of many awards including “ Pravasi Bharatiya Samman “ award the highest civilian award given to non-resident Indian, – by the President of India (2012) “ Master FCCP” from ACCP, “Master Clinician lifetime achievement award” by the Baylor College of Medicine (2013) Oscar Friedman endowed professorship (2013) “Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine” by the Chest Foundation (2006), ”College Medalist” award by the American College of Chest Physicians (2012) the “World lung health award “ by the American Thoracic Society(2004) “Lifetime achievement award” by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, (2010) “Parker Palmer – Courage to Teach” award by the Accreditation Council for graduate medical education (2008) and Presidential award for “academic excellence” by the Baylor College of Medicine (2004) and “MACP” by the American College of Physicians (2008) to name a few. She has been written in “Washington Post”. “House Calls”, “India Today” “Femina” “Zarposh” and many daily newspapers.

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