University Surgical Associates is thrilled to announce the addition of Neelima Katragunta, MD to our team of highly trained surgical specialists. Dr. Katragunta specializes in comprehensive care for vascular disease, including aneurysms, carotid artery disorders, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), dialysis access, and venous disorders. Dr. Katragunta brings cutting edge vascular expertise to our region. She has worked as a vascular surgeon at the world-renowned Stanford Healthcare and before that at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
TEAM BASED CARE
Dr. Katragunta specializes in both minimally invasive endovascular as well as open vascular surgery. She strongly believes in a team based, multidisciplinary approach to provide the best care for her patients. During her time at Stanford University and University of Iowa, Dr. Katragunta was part of a multidisciplinary team that treated individuals with complex aortic disease. While the condition is effectively treated in the Chattanooga region, she’s excited to bring a more streamlined regional aortic program involving various hospital disciplines including cardiothoracic surgery, anesthesiology, critical care, and radiology, allowing for a more team-based approach.
“Working together with other specialists who have an interest in this disease process will be a great benefit to patient outcomes and care. Even when we get patients through a complex procedure, they still need intensive monitoring and support to help them get well again. Patients also need to be optimized before any major procedure,” Dr. Katragunta says.
MEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
Dr. Katragunta was born in India and wanted to be a doctor since she was a little girl, due in part to a wonderful family physician. After completing her medical school from one of India’s top ranked medical schools, she moved to the United States for residency and fellowship training. Once in medical school, surgery was a very natural choice.