Thenappan Thenappan, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Thenappan Thenappan

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Mai Xiong

Administrative Email

Additional Locations

M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


Medical School, Madurai Medical College, Madurai, India

Residency, St. Francis Hospital, University of Illinois, Evanston, IL

Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Dr. Thenappan received his medical training from the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medial University, India. He then completed his residency training in Internal Medicine in 2005 at St. Francis Hospital with University of Illinois, Evanston, IL. Following this, he worked as a research fellow in the Center for Pulmonary Hypertension at the University of Chicago. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2012 and fellowship training in Advanced Heart failure and Transplant Cardiology in 2013 at the University of Chicago. Dr. Thenappan is a clinical research scholar interested in translational research in pulmonary vascular disease. During his fellowship training, he worked on redefining the epidemiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension in the current era. His current research focus is on developing novel therapies for right ventricular failure secondary to pulmonary vascular disease. Outside work, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Dr. Thenappan has published on pulmonary vascular disease and right ventricular function in high impact journals including Circulation, Circulation Research, Circulation Heart Failure, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Journal of American Medical Association, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, European Respiratory Journal, and Chest. He is a member of the American Heart Association, American Thoracic Society, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, and Pulmonary Hypertension Association. 


  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Right heart failure
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Cardiac Transplantation

Awards & Recognition

  • T32 NIH Training Grant
  • American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant Award
  • The Cournand and Comroe Award Young Investigator Award sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR).
  • Clinical Excellence Award



  • Cardiology


Cardiovascular Center;Clinics and Surgery Center;University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation

Clinical Interests

• Cardiology • Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure • Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation • Mechanical Circulatory Support