Sujatha Sankaran, MD

Associate Professor
+1 415 476-4830

Sujatha Sankaran is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Hospital Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and subsequently completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Georgetown Universty/Washington Hospital Center program in June 2005. She then worked as an Academic Hospitalist at Columbia University in New York City, where she was actively involved in resident education. Subsequently, Sujatha volunteered in sub Saharan Africa.

After returning from Africa, Sujatha switched to primarily providing outpatient medical practice for five years before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor. During this time, Sujatha started a non-governmental organization, the International Cardiovascular Health Alliance, aimed at training health workers in the developing world to prevent chronic cardiovascular disease. Sujatha is interested in creating sustainable strategies for strengthening health systems and incorporating primary care to existing health systems in impoverished regions of the globe.

Sujatha is also interested in the epidemic of tobacco use in underserved populations throughout the world. She has worked with Dr. Stanton Glantz, the Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Regulation and Education to study tobacco policy in India. She is currently the Medical Director for Smoking Cessation at Moffitt-Long Hospital and the Physician Champion for Smoking Cessation at UCSF Moffitt Long Hospital through a UC Center for Health Quality and Innovations Grant.

Sujatha is currently spearheading a number of global health projects in conjunction with the International Cardiovascular Health Alliance. She started a training program in Ghana teaching health workers how to prevent cardiovascular disease using traditional teaching methods as well as mobile phone technology. She is also working with the Tribal Health Initiative in rural Southern India on a program that teaches community health workers to diagnose and treat hypertension in the underserved villager population.

In 2015, Sujatha was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study mechanisms for cardiovascular disease management in under-resourced areas of Southern India. As part of her Fulbright, she helped develop a tobacco cessation program at St. Johns National Academy of the Health Sciences in Bangalore, helped start a health worker teaching program in the urban slums of Bangalore, and helped develop strategies for quality improvement in rural and urban settings with a large burden on chronic diseases.


Patient safety movement in neurological surgery: the current state and future directions.

Journal of neurosurgery

Sankaran S, Andrews JP, Chicas M, Wachter RM, Berger MS

Preoperative risk stratification of patient mortality following elective craniotomy; a comparative analysis of prediction algorithms.

Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia

Rutkowski M, Sankaran S

Delirium risk factors and associated outcomes in a neurosurgical cohort: a case-control study.

World neurosurgery

Morshed RA, Young JS, Safaee M, Sankaran S, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Hervey-Jumper SL

A Reduced Exogenous Steroid Taper (REST) for postoperative brain tumor patients - a case-control study.

World neurosurgery

Breshears JD, Haddad AF, Viner J, Rau J, Sankaran S, McDermott MW

Postoperative Delirium in Glioblastoma Patients: Risk Factors and Prognostic Implications.


Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Weinstein D, Dayani F, Chandra A, Kanungo I, Choi S, Sankaran S, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK

334 Interfacility Neurosurgical Transfers: An Analysis of Nontraumatic Inpatient and Emergency Department Transfers With Implications for Improvements In Care.


Michael Safaee, Ramin A Morshed, Jordan Spatz, Sujatha Sankaran, Mitchel S Berger, Manish K Aghi

Cost-effectiveness development for the postoperative care of craniotomy patients: a safe transitions pathway in neurological surgery.

Neurosurgical focus

Osorio JA, Safaee MM, Viner J, Sankaran S, Imershein S, Adigun E, Weigel G, Berger MS, McDermott MW

An NGO-Implemented Community-Clinic Health Worker Approach to Providing Long-Term Care for Hypertension in a Remote Region of Southern India.

Global health, science and practice

Sankaran S, Ravi PS, Wu YE, Shanabogue S, Ashok S, Agnew K, Fang MC, Khanna RA, Dandu M, Harrison JD

Changing Operating Room Culture: Implementation of a Postoperative Debrief and Improved Safety Culture.

World neurosurgery

Magill ST, Wang DD, Rutledge WC, Lau D, Berger MS, Sankaran S, Lau CY, Imershein SG