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Venkat Kalapatapu, M.D.
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

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Penn Medicine at University City
3737 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Shannon Maratea
Administrative Telephone: 215-662-9686
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Dr. Kalapatapu completed training in surgery at the Postgraduate Institute in Chandigarh, India and earned a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. On completion of surgery residency at Easton, Pennsylvania in 2004, he pursued fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Arkansas until 2006. During the next four years, he gained extensive clinical experience in treatment of a wide spectrum of vascular diseases. His clinical interests include endovascular and open surgical treatment of aortic occlusive disease, aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, carotid, subclavian, mesenteric, renal, and lower extremity arterial disease. He also has interest in thrombolytic therapy of arterial and venous occlusions, treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome, radiofrequency ablation treatment of varicose veins and surgery for dialysis access.

Faculty Appointments
07/01/06 - 08/31/10

Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

09/01/10 - present Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
07/01/06 - present Staff Surgeon, UAMS Medical Center
Little Rock, Arkansas
09/01/10 - present Active Surgeon
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09/01/10 - present Attending Surgeon
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
07/01/12 - present

Chief of Vascular Surgery
Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oct. 1987 - Jan. 1994 MBBS Kakatiya Medical College
Warangal, AP, India
Jan. 1996 - Dec.1998 MS Mastery of Surgery, Post Graduate Institute
of Medical Education and Research
Chandigarh, India
June 2003 FRCS Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1999 - 2000 Surgery Internship
Providence Hospital
Southfield, Michigan
2000 - 2004 Surgical Residency
Easton Hospital/Drexel University
Easton, Pennsylvania
2004 - 2006

Vascular Surgery Fellowship
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

National/International Societies
  • 2000-present American Medical Association
  • 2002-present Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  • 2003-present Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • 2007-present American Heart Association
  • 2007-present Association of Academic Surgeons
Laboratory Research
Dr. Kalapatapu has performed laboratory research in pathogenesis of aortic aneurysms in an animal model. His interest is in understanding the role of interleukins in the growth and rupture of aortic aneurysms in apolipoprotein-E deficient mice. His study was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery in 2008. He has also been involved in research involving effects of Toradol in preventing intimal hyperplasia in a rat carotid endarterectomy model.
Clinical Research
Dr. Kalapatapu has interests in clinical trials involving management of aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, chronic lower extremity arterial disease, and thrombolytic therapy of acute arterial and venous occlusions.
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Ali AT, Kalapatapu VR, Bledsoe S, Moursi MM, Eidt JF. Percutaneous isolated limb perfusion with thrombolytics for severe limb ischemia. Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 39(6):491-497, Nov./Dec. 2005.
  2. Ali AT, Kalapatapu V, Ahmed O, Moursi M, Eidt JF. Remote superficial femoral artery endarterectomy: early results for TASC D lesions in patients with severe ischemia. Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 41(4):310-315, Aug./Sept. 2007.
  3. Kalapatapu VR, Satterfield L, Brown AT, Hongjiang Chen, Ercal N, Price TO, Jie Gao, Ibrahim K, Moursi MM. The effects of Toradol on postoperative intimal hyperplasia in a rat carotid endarterectomy model: laboratory research. Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 41(5):402-408, Oct./Nov. 2007.
  4. Kalapatapu VR, Shelton KR, Ali AT, Moursi MM, Eidt JF. Pseudoaneurysm: a review. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine 10(2):173-183, Apr. 2008.
  5. Ali AT, McLeod N, Kalapatapu VR, Moursi MM, Eidt JF. Staging the neoaortoiliac system: feasibility and short-term outcomes. Journal of Vascular Surgery 48(5):1125- 1131, Nov. 2008. Epub 2008 Sep 19.
  6. Kalapatapu VR, Murray BW, Palm-Cruz K, Ali AT, Moursi MM, Eidt JF. Definitive test to diagnose median arcuate ligament syndrome: injection of vasodilator during angiography. Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 43(1):46-50, Feb./Mar. 2009. Epub 2008 Sep 17.
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications (print or other media)
  1. Kalapatapu VR, Ali AT, Masroor F, Moursi MM, Eidt JF. Techniques for managing complications of arterial closure devices. [Review] Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 40(5):399-408, Oct./Nov. 2006.
Abstracts: (Past 3 Years)
  1. Kalapatapu V. Recognition and management of popliteal artery aneurysms: Poster presentation, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Kauai, HI, 2006.
  2. Ghanami R, Kalapatapu V, Ahsan A, Eidt J. Endovascular treatment of segmental renal artery aneurysm using neurovascular technique. Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Tucson, AZ, Jan. 2009.
  3. Frederick J, Eidt J, Foteh K, Mohammed M, Kalapatapu V, Ali A. The sutureless anastomosis: A technique for the treatment of circumferential calcification. Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Tucson, AZ, Jan. 2009.
Editorials, Chapters, Participation in Committee Reports (print or other media)
  1. Eidt J, Kalapatapu V. Amputations : Techniques and results. Vol. 2, Sect. 15, Chap. 115 in Cronenwett JL, Johnston W (eds.): Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery, 7th Edition. Philadelphia: WB Saunders/Elsevier, 2010, 1772-1791.
  2. Eidt J, Kalapatapu V. Brachiocephalic reconstruction. In Fischer JE, Bland KI, Callery MP, Clagett GP, Jones DB, Moneta GB, Seeger JM (eds.):. Mastery of Surgery. 6th Edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010 (in press).
  3. Eidt J, Kalapatapu V. Below and above knee amputation. In Chaikof EL, Cambria RP (eds.): Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2010 (in press).

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