Thenappan Thenappan

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


Administrator Info
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.

Clinical Summary

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


MD, Madurai Medical College

Honors and Recognition

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