Prasanna K. Kapavarapu, MD

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Prasanna K. Kapavarapu, MD, is an attending physician with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric gastroenterology, GI motility disorders
Locations: Main Hospital; Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

Phone: 215-590-1678

Education and Training


Pediatrics - Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University, New York
Pediatrics - Rainbow Children's Hospital, Hyderabad, India
Pediatrics - St. John's Medical College,Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India


Pediatric Gastroenterology - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin

Graduate Degree

MD - St. John's Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Kapavarapu PK, Paul A, Lalitha AV, Shet AS: Transient Aplastic Crisis in Hereditary Elliptocytosis. Indian J Pediatr 79(12): 1666-8, 2012.

Kapavarapu PK, Bari O, Perumphil M, Duggan C, Dinakar C, Krishnamurthy S, Arumugam K, Shet A: Growth patterns and anemia status of HIV-infected children living in an institutional facility in India. Trop Med Int Health 17(8): 962-71, 2012.


Indumathi CK, Kapavarapu PK, Dinakar C, Shet A, Lewin S: Intermittent short course therapy for pediatric tuberculosis. Indian Pediatr 47(1): 93-6, 2010.


Sathyaprabha TN, Kapavarapu PK, Pall PK, Thennarasu K, Raju TR: Pulmonary Functions in Parkinson's Disease. Indian J Chest Did Allied Sci 47(4): 251-7, 2005.

Posters and Presentations


Kapavarapu P, Gregg D, Oldham K, Martinez A, Friedlander J, Lerner D: Unsedated gastroduodenoscopy via G-tube stoma for diagnosis of duodenal web.  Poster Presentation. North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting, Las Vegas 2017.

Kapavarapu P, Miranda A, Chelimsky G, Chelimsky T, Sood M, Kovacic K: Nausea negatively impacts quality of life and is associated with autonomic dysregulation in adolescents with functional abdominal pain disorders. Poster Presentation. North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting, Las Vegas October 2017.


Kapavarapu PK: Improving visit cycle time in residents' continuity clinic.  Poster Presentation. Residents Research Fair, Harlem Hospital Center, NY March 2016.

Invited Lectures


Kapavarapu PK. "Curcumin attenuates visceral hyperalgesia in a post-inflammatory visceral pain rat model," Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Amsterdam, Netherlands. Aug, 2018.


Kapavarapu PK. "Cyclic vomiting in a teenager: A diagnostic dilemma solved," World congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Montreal, Canada. Oct, 2016.

Awards and Honors

2015, Best Poster Presentation Award, "Bilateral Abducens nerve palsy in closed head Trauma," Residents' Research Fair, Harlem Hospital Center, NY

2014, Best Poster Presentation Award, "Pertussis resurgence: A case report of severe pertussis in an infant from Harlem community," Residents Research Fair, Harlem Hospital Center, NY

2010, Best Paper Award for presenting paper on "Aplastic Crisis I Hereditary Elliptocytosis," India Academy of Pediatrics Bangalore Chapter and Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore Pediatric Oncology Update, India

2009, University Level IIIrd Rank - Pediatric Boards, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India

2005, Research Society Merit Certificate for Research Project, "Drug Induced Acute Interstitial Nephritis," St. John's medical College, India

2005, Certificate of Merit/Honor, General Medicine, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology; State Level IInd Place, Behavioral Medicine Inter-medical school quiz competition; State Level IInd and IIIrd Place, Psychiatry Inter-medical school quiz competition

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations


2016-present, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


2016-present, American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
2016-present, American Gastroenterology Association
2016-present, American College of Gastroenterology
2016-present, American Academy of Pediatrics