Sudha Prathikanti, MD

Title(s)HS Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor BS1986Double Major in Anthropology & Biomedical Sciences
    University of Michigan Medical SchoolMD1990Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco Residency1994Psychiatry
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship1996Psychiatric Consultation to Ob/Gyn Patients

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    Sudha Prathikanti, MD, is Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and a certified Ayurvedic practitioner. At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, she founded both the Integrative Psychiatry service and the Ayurveda consultation service, and currently directs the Integrative Psychiatry Resident Clinic at this site. She continues to teach at UCSF as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and her research on treating depression with yoga has been featured in local and national media.

    In her clinical care, Dr. Prathikanti uses an Integrative Psychiatry approach, which combines evidence-informed complementary therapies with conventional psychiatric treatment to optimize mental health and healing. As an Integrative Psychiatrist, Dr. Prathikanti is attuned to the many dimensions that may affect emotional distress and wellness, including physical, emotional, interpersonal, cultural, nutritional, environmental and spiritual elements. Dr. Prathikanti has helped individuals discover emotional balance and resilience amidst serious medical illness, chronic pain, and lifecycle transitions related to pregnancy, infertility, or interpersonal loss. Her treatment plans may include health-promoting lifestyle changes, Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, herbs, and Jungian dreamwork.

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    1. Prathikanti S, Rivera R, Cochran A, Tungol JG, Fayazmanesh N, Weinmann E. Treating major depression with yoga: A prospective, randomized, controlled pilot trial. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0173869. PMID: 28301561.
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    2. Lam, N and Prathikanti, S .Integrative Treatment of Depression. In Women’s Integrative Health (ed. Maizes, V and Low Dog, T). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Inc . 2015.
    3. Gruber VA, Rainey PM, Moody DE, Morse GD, Ma Q, Prathikanti S, Pade PA, Alvanzo AA, McCance-Katz EF. Interactions between buprenorphine and the protease inhibitors darunavir-ritonavir and fosamprenavir-ritonavir. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Feb 01; 54(3):414-23. PMID: 22100576.
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    4. McCance-Katz EF, Moody DE, Prathikanti S, Friedland G, Rainey PM. Rifampin, but not rifabutin, may produce opiate withdrawal in buprenorphine-maintained patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Nov 01; 118(2-3):326-34. PMID: 21596492.
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    5. Prathikanti, S.Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Depression. In Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Ed. Gundling, K and Jacobs, B). American College of Physicians Press. 2009.
    6. Prathikanti, S.Ayurveda and Mental Health. In Clinical Manual of Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health (Ed. Lake, J and Spiegel, D). American Psychiatric Press: Washington, DC. 2007.
    7. Prathikanti, S.Ayurvedic Herbs for Psychotic Disorders. Elements Journal, June 2005 3(2): 6-9. 2005.
    8. Lu, F, Lee, K, Prathikanti, S .Minorities in Academic Psychiatry. In Handbook of Residency Training (ed. Kay, J). American Psychiatric Press: Washington, DC . 1999.
    9. Prathikanti, S.Women's Issues in Mental Health. In Review of Psychiatry for Medical Students (ed. Elkin, D ). Stamford, CT: Appleton and Lange . 1998.
    10. Prathikanti, S.East Indian American Families. In Working with Asian Americans: A Guide for Clinicians (ed. Lee. E). New York: Guilford Press . 1997.
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