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Akhila S. Reddy, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Akhila S. Reddy received her medical degree in 1999 from Sri Siddhartha Medical College in Karnataka, India and trained at Austin Medical Educational Program, Department of Family Medicine in Austin, Texas, where she was recipient of the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine’s Resident-Teacher Award.” In 2010, Dr. Reddy completed the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. Her research interests include delirium and pain management in cancer patients. Dr. Reddy is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Akhila S. Reddy's research interest is pain management in cancer patients. 

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Unit Number: 1414
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT5.6102
Phone: 713-792-6085
Fax: 713-792-6092

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1999 Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Karnataka, India, MBBS, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

4/2009-3/2010 Clinical Fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Suresh K. Reddy
6/2001-6/2004 Clinical Residency, Family Practice, Austin Medical Educational Programs, Department of Family Practice, Austin, TX

Board Certifications

2014 American Board of Family Medicine
2010 American Board of Family Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Assistant Director - Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 8/2012-6/2014
Co-Chair of the Department Scheduling Committee, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2012-present
Acting Chief Fellow, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2009-3/2010

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Family Practice Physician, Calvary Medical Clinic and Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Cleveland, TX, 9/2004-3/2009

Institutional Committee Activities

Senator, Faculty Senate, 9/2013-8/2016
At-Large Member, MD Anderson Cancer Center Faculty Health and Well-Being Committee, 9/2012-8/2015

Honors and Awards

2013 Apple Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2004 Resident Teaching Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
1998 Deans Award for Academic Distinction in Community Medicine, Sri Siddhartha Medical College

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Member, 2004-2014
American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
Member, 2009-present
American Association of Physicians from India (AAPI)
Member, 2004-present
American Medical Association (AMA)
Member, 2004-present
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Chicago, IL
Member, 4/2012-present
Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), Austin, TX
Member, 2004-present
Texas Medical Association, Houston, TX
Member, 2010-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, Cruz MD, Palla SL, Wang X, Kwon JH, Frisbee-Hume S, Bruera E. Factors Associated With Survival After Opioid Rotation in Cancer Patients Presenting to an Outpatient Supportive Care Center. J Pain Symptom Manage 48(1):92-98, 7/2014. PMID: 24210704.
2. Reddy A, de la Cruz M, Rodriguez E, Thames J, Wu J, Chisolm G, Liu D, Frisbee-Hume S, Yennurajalingam S, Hui D, Cantu H, Marin A, Gayle V, Shinn N, Xu A, Williams J, Bruera E. Patterns of Storage, Use, and Disposal of Opioids Among Cancer Outpatients. The Oncologist 19(7):780-5, 7/2014. PMCID: PMC4077453.
3. de la Cruz M, Reddy A, Bruera E. A palliative care intervention for pain refractory to a percutaneous cordotomy. Palliat Support Care. e-Pub 4/9/2014. PMID: 24717241.
4. Reddy A, Didwaniya N, Gottumukkala RS, Bruera E. What is your "gut" feeling about opioid rotation? J Clin Oncol. e-Pub 3/2014. PMID: 24590650.
5. Kwon JH, Tanco K, Hui D, Reddy A, Bruera E. Chemical coping versus pseudoaddiction in patients with cancer pain. Palliat Support Care. e-Pub 2/13/2014. PMID: 24524251.
6. Reddy A, Vidal M, de la Cruz M, Yennurajalingam S, Bruera E. Snapshot of an acute palliative care unit in a tertiary cancer hospital. Palliat Support Care(16). e-Pub 10/16/2013. PMID: 24128689.
7. Ha C, Reddy A, Tavel L, Bruera E. Discussing Goals of Care for a Delirious Advanced Cancer Patient in the Hospice Setting. J Palliat Med 16(10):1313-6, 10/2013. e-Pub 5/1/2013. PMCID: PMC3791044.
8. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, Pulivarthi K, Palla SL, Wang X, Kwon JH, Frisbee-Hume S, Bruera E. Frequency, Outcome, and Predictors of Success within 6 Weeks of an Opioid Rotation Among Cancer Outpatients Receiving Strong Opioids. Oncologist 18(2):212-20, 9/2013. PMCID: PMC3579606.
9. Yennurajalingam S, Frisbee-Hume S, Palmer JL, Delgado-Guay MO, Bull J, Phan AT, Tannir NM, Litton JK, Reddy A, Hui D, Dalal S, Massie L, Reddy SK, Bruera E. Reduction of Cancer-Related Fatigue With Dexamethasone: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Patients With Advanced Cancer. J Clin Oncol. e-Pub 7/29/2013. PMID: 23897970.
10. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, Bruera E. "Whatever My Mother Wants": Barriers to Adequate Pain Management. J Palliat Med 16(6):709-12, 6/2013. e-Pub 9/2012. PMCID: PMC3667420.
11. Hui D, Reddy A, Parsons HA, Bruera E. Reporting of Funding Sources and Conflict of Interest in the Supportive and Palliative Oncology Literature. J Pain Symptom Manage 44(3):421-30, 9/2012. e-Pub 7/7/2012. PMID: 22771126.
12. Hui D, Kilgore K, Nguyen L, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Hall S, Fajardo J, Cox-Miller T, Palla S, Rhondali W, Kang JH, Kim SH, Del Fabbro E, Zhukovsky D, Reddy S, Elsayem A, Dalal S, Walker P, Dev R, Yennu S, Reddy A, Bruera E. Derivation and Cross-validation of the in-hospital mortality prediction in advanced cancer patients (IMPACT) Score: A Prospective Study. Journal Palliat Med 15(8):902-909, 8/2012. e-Pub 6/2012.
13. Reddy A, Hui D, Bruera E. A Successful Palliative Care Intervention for Cancer Pain Refractory to Intrathecal Analgesia. J Pain Symptom Manage 44(1):124-30, 7/2012. e-Pub 5/30/2012. PMID: 22652136.
14. Hui D, Reddy A, Palla SL, Bruera E. Neuroleptic Prescription Pattern for Delirium in Patients with Advanced Cancer. J Palliat Care 27(2):141-147, 5/2011.
15. Hui D, Kilgore K, Nguyen L, Hall S, Fajardo J, Cox-Miller TP, Palla SL, Rhondali W, Kang JH, Kim SH, Del Fabbro E, Zhukovsky DS, Reddy S, Elsayem A, Dalal S, Dev R, Walker P, Yennu S, Reddy A, Bruera E. The Accuracy of Probabilistic Versus Temporal Clinician Prediction of Survival for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Preliminary Report. Oncologist 16(11):1642-8, 2011. e-Pub 10/2011. PMID: 21976316.

Abstracts

1. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, Desai H, Wu J, Liu D, Reddy S, de la Cruz M, Bruera E. Equiqanalgesic Conversion Ratio (ECR) and clinical response in cancer patients who rotate from hydrocodone (HDC) to strong opioids. Support Care Cancer 22(Suppl 1):S131-32 (#MASCC-0270), 6/2014.
2. Reddy A, de la Cruz M, Rodriguez EM, Thames J, Wu J, Liu D, Chisholm G, Frisbee-Hume S, Cantu H, Marin A, Gayle V, Shinn N, Xu A, Williams J, Yennurajalingam S, Hui D, Bruera E. Storage, Disposal and Utilization of Opioids among Cancer Patients. Palliat Med 28(6):556 (#EAPC-FC2), 6/2014.
3. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, de la Cruz M, Palla S, Wang X, Kwon JH, Frisbee-Hume S, Bruera E. Factors Associated With Survival After Opioid Rotation in Cancer Patients Presenting to an Outpatient Supportive Care Center. MDLINX.com, 11/2013.
4. de la Cruz M, Reddy AS, Tanco K, Vidal M, Azhar A, Silvestre J, Chisolm G, Williams J, Bruera E. Palliative Care Checklist: A Documentation Improvement Tool. ASCO Meeting Abstracts 31(Suppl):142, November 8, 2013, 11/2013.
5. Reddy A, de la Cruz M, Rodriguez EM, Thames J, Wu J, Chisolm G, Liu D, Frisbee-Hume S, Cantu H, Marin A, Gayle V, Shinn N, Xu A, Williams J, Yennurajalingam S, Hui D, Bruera, E. Storage, Disposal, and Utilization of Opioids Among Cancer Outpatients. ASCO Meeting Abstracts 31(Suppl):222, November 8, 2013, 11/2013.
6. de la Cruz M, Didwaniya N, Tanco K, Shin S, Reddy A, San Miguel Aregui M, Moreno H, Bruera E, Chisolm G, Williams J. The Frequency of Falls in Patients With Advanced Cancer Followed In An Outpatient Palliative Care Center. ASCO Meeting Abstracts 31(Suppl):225, November 8, 2013, 11/2013.
7. de la Cruz m, Reddy A, Yennu S, Bruera E. A Palliative Care Intervention for Pain that is Intractable to Cordotomy. European Journal of Palliative Care:148, 6/2013.
8. Reddy A, Yennurajalingam S, Pulivarthi K, Palla S, Wang X, Kwon JH, Frisbee-Hume S, Bruera E. Predictors of overall survival following an opioid rotation (OR) in cancer patients presenting to an outpatient supportive care center. Support Care Cancer 21(Suppl 1):S201 (#MASCC-0575), 6/2013.
9. Reddy A, Yennu S, Palla S, Wang X, Kwon JH, Frisbee-Hume S, Bruera E. Predictors of Overall Survival Following an Opioid Rotation (OR) in Cancer Patients Presenting to an Outpatient Supportive Care Center (SCC) of a Tertiary Cancer Hospital. European Journal of Palliative Care (#P2-020 EAPC), 6/2013.
10. Yennurajalingam, S., Frisbee-Hume, S., Palmer, J., Delgado-Guay, M.O. Bull, J., Phan, A. Tannir, N., Litton, J., Reddy, A., Hui, D., Dalal, S., Massie, L., Vadhan-Raj, S., Reddy, S., Rueben, J., Bruera, E. Dexamethasone for cancer related fatigue: A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial (#9002), 7/2012. e-Pub 7/2012.
11. Akhila Reddy, Sriram Yennurajalingam, Kalyan Pulivarthi, Shana Palla, Xuan Wang, Jung Hye Kwon, Susan Frisbee-Hume, Eduardo Bruera. Frequency, Indications. Outcomes, and Factors Associated with Successful Opioid Rotation in Cancer Patients Presenting to an Outpatient Supportive Care Center. J Clin Oncol 30 (#e19599), www.asco.org; www.jco.org, 5/2012. e-Pub 5/2012.
12. Reddy A, Hui D, Parsons H, Bruera E. Reporting of Funding Sources in the Supportive and Palliative Oncology Literature. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 19(2):S292-293 (#658), 6/2011.
13. Hui D, Kilgore K, Nguyen L, Hall S, Fajardo J,Cox-Miller T, Rhondali W, Kim SH, Hun Kang J, Palla S, Del Fabbro E, Zhukovsky D, Reddy S, Elsayem A, Dalal S, Walker P, Dev R, Yennu S, Reddy A, Evans A, Bruera E. The Accuracy of Clinical Prediction of Survival (CPS) for Advanced Cancer Patients: The role of Profession and Probability Question. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 19(2):S215-216 (#445), 6/2011.
14. Dev R, Reddy A, Del Fabbro E, Bruera E. Web-Based Electronic Portfolio for a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Journal Pain Symptom Manage 39(2):429, 2/2010.

Book Chapters

1. Reddy A. Urinary Incontinence. In: Internal Medicine Issues in Palliative Cancer Care: A Practical Guide. Ed(s) E Bruera, D Hui. Springer: New York, NY, 2014.
2. Reddy A. Urinary Retention. In: Internal Medicine Issues in Palliative Cancer Care: A Practical Guide. Ed(s) E Bruera, D Hui. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, 2014.

Letters to the Editor

1. Reddy A, de la Cruz M, Yennurajalingam S, Bruera E. Acute Palliative Care Units: An Essential Component of the Science of Caring. Cancer J 20(1):27, Jan-Feb, 1/2014. PMID: 24445761.

Last updated: 9/26/2014