Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Mena Vue

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Medical School, Andhra Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program; MPH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni is an assistant professor of internal medicine with a public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a practicing hospitalist at the East Bank campus of M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Dr. Surapaneni’s areas of interest are impacts of climate change on health equity, sustainable healthcare delivery, and the role of physician advocacy in developing science-based policy. At the University, she co-chairs the Climate Health Action Program, a sustainability initiative within the Department of Medicine and is an associate at the Institute on the Environment. She is a member of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change United States Brief workgroup through the University’s Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. She is the faculty advisor for Health Students for a Healthy Climate, an inter-professional health student group focused on climate action. 

Awards & Recognition

  • MPH Field Experience Award, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009)
  • Best Oral Presentation Award, SGIM Mid-Atlantic Region, Regional Meeting (2011)

Professional Associations

  • American Public Health Association
  • American College of Physicians


Research Summary/Interests

Areas of Interest

  • Impacts of climate change on health equity
  • Sustainable healthcare delivery
  • Physician advocacy in developing science-based policy


  • Surapaneni VL, Hochman ME, Hochman SD, Swiger K, Boueiz A, Thomas JR. 50 Studies Every Internist Should Know, edited by Hochman ME, Hochman SD, Swiger K, Thomas JR. 2015, Oxford University Press.
  • Book Chapters 12,13,22,43, and 44


Academic Interests and Focus

Training climate justice aware clinicians; Teaching skill sets of physician legislative advocacy to medical students


Board Certifications

  • Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview