Dr. Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli
Specialization: Pulmonary Medical Care
Home institution in US: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Host Institution in India: Mediciti Institute of Medical Science, Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh       
Start date/Month in India: December 2012
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Kalpalatha (Kay) Guntupalli is a professor and chief of the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. After obtaining her M.D. from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, she immigrated to the U.S. and specialized in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. She served on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Emory University, Georgia. She is a past-president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and also the American College of Chest Physicians. She served on the Critical Care Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award by the President of India, Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine by the Chest Foundation, the World Lung Health Award by the American Thoracic Society, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Parker Palmer--Courage to Teach award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence by the Baylor College of Medicine. Her research interests are acute respiratory distress syndrome and medical education, and she has over 120 publications. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, House Calls, India Today, Femina and Zarposh.

Dr. Guntupalli’s Fulbright research project, “Acute Respiratory Syndrome Network,” seeks to identify and recruit Indian institutions to form a network and standardize data collection for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), a catastrophic form of respiratory failure in previously healthy individuals with a mortality rate of 30-50 percent. While ARDS has been studied well by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) ARDS Network, not much is known about the incidence, etiology, characterization, monitoring and outcomes of this condition in India. Dr. Guntupalli will make teaching site visits of 10 -15 reputable institutions and physicians, and she will recruit ten to form a network and design a case report form for standardized data collection. She will also obtain a snapshot of this disease over a one-month period. This data and network will serve as a basis for further investigation in future.