Committee Members

Vandana Devalapalli M.D. President
Rajendraprasad Makam M.D. Treasurer
Ashwin Patkar M.D. Secretary
Abhay Agarwal M.D. Council Member
Kamal Kolappa M.D. Council Member
Sujala Kodumagulla M.D. Council Member
Saikiran Kolavennu Director, Communications
Vandana Devalapalli M.D
was born and raised in India. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College at Osmania University in 1982 and completed her Internship at Gandhi Hospital in 1983. She migrated to the US and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in 1992. Later she moved to Raleigh, NC to join her husband. She began her Medical career in Dunn, NC where she practiced for one year. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1994 and remained there until they closed the North Carolina Facility. Vandana went into private practice before joining WakeMed Faculty Physicians, where she is currently practicing medicine.
She is a part of the UNC Faculty, and is responsible for training UNC residents and students. She is currently Medical director of Rex Primary Care in Cary, NC. She earned her Fellowship from American College of Physicians in 2006 and her Masters in Clinical Leadership from Duke University in 2005. She was a recipient of the Circle of Quality Award at WakeMed in 2006. She has been recognized for Excellence in Diabetes care and Heart/Stroke by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has a passion for working with people and enjoys volunteering her services to the community. For the past two years, she organized the Health Fair at Sri Venkateshwara Temple. She has played a vital role in many other events and programs throughout her community.
Rajendraprasad Makam M.D
is a graduate from Mysore University. He completed residency and diploma in Pediatrics. As a Senior House Officer, worked at Christian Medical College hospital at Vellore, India. Later, Dr. Makam obtained his Diploma and a fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Makam moved to England and pursued MRCP (Member of Royal college of Physicians) in Internal medicine and practiced for almost 8 years. Dr. Makam completed his residency in Internal medicine from The Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA.
After completing fellowship in gastroenterology from The University of Louisville, KY is now practicing Gastroenterology in Cary, since 2003.
Ashwin A. Patkar M.D
is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Duke Addictions Programs at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. He is the Associate Director for Neuroscience Medicine at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the largest academic Clinical Research Organization (CRO) in the world.Dr Patkar earned his medical degree from G S Medical College in Mumbai, India, his MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, England and Neuropharmacology degree from University of Nottingham, England.
He completed his psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and was the Director of Biological Psychiatry and Clinical Trials as well as the Associate Director of Addiction Programs at Thomas Jefferson University. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with subspecialty Certification in Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Certification in Addiction Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr Patkar has over 20 years of experience with particular expertise in psychopharmacology, dual diagnoses, integration of medical care for addiction, and pain and addiction issues. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator with several research projects designed to improve addiction treatments that are supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr Patkar has been a Principal Investigator on over 50 Industry supported Phase II-Phase IV and post marketing Clinical Trials in the area of alcohol and drug addiction, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, pain disorders, sleep disorders, and schizophrenia. He is a Consultant and/or serves on Advisory Boards for major pharmaceutical companies and has received numerous awards and honors including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award, the Lilly Biological Psychiatry Fellowship Award, and the Indian-American Psychiatric Association Academician of the Year award. He was selected for inclusion in the Best Doctors in North Carolina in 2009 and received the Patient Choice Award in 2008 and 2009.
 Dr Patkar has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and has given over 400 presentations and invited lectures at national and international meetings. He serves on the Editorial Board of 5 journals and is a reviewer for over 20 national and international journals. Dr Patkar has served on NIH review committees and various committees at local and State Government levels dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Medical Association, Indian Psychiatric Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists and World Psychiatric Association. Dr Patkar is married with 2 children and enjoys fishing, powerlifting, yoga, traveling, and cricket.
Abhay Agarwal M.D
is a graduate from Grant Medical College, J.J. Hospital, Mumbai, India, where he completed his medical school and internship, in 1992. He worked as intern at T.N. Medical College, Mumbai, India and completed 1 year as MS in General Surgery. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training in 1997 at Episcopal Hospital, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He then went on to complete a 1 year Fellowship in Cardiology at the same University. He is currently the Deputy Medical Director for the State NCDOC and is a Practicing Internal Medicine physician with Cary Medical Clinic, Cary, North Carolina.
Dr Agarwal is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been awarded the Physician Recognition Award by the American Medical Association in 2003. He is extensively skilled in all aspects of medicine, with a special interest in Cardiology.
Kamal Kolappa M.D.
is a North Carolina native and grew up in the eastern part of the state. As a young adult, he was selected to enroll in the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. From there he completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, graduating Cum Laude, and subsequently entered medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was selected as a Doris Duke Clinical Research fellow, a program that provided the opportunity and training to publish extensive medical science and to speak at multiple national meetings. He then completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Sydney Farmer Award for Best Bedside Manner.
Following this, he completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Miami. He has an extensive record of academic scholarship with over 30 scientific presentations and manuscripts. He is currently the regional medical officer for Alignment Healthcare in Wake County and is the market leader for the care of six thousand plus seniors enrolled in the company’s medicare advantage plan. Efficient, high value cardiology and internal medicine care is his priority. In his personal life, Dr. Kolappa has been actively engaged in community fulfillment in Wake County and the greater state of North Carolina. He currently serves as an executive board member of the Triangle Indian-American Physicians society. In addition, he serves as a board member of the North Carolina Executive Mansion Fine Arts Committee, a governor-appointed post.
Sujala Kodumagulla M.D.
Saikiran Kolavennu
has been a resident of the Triangle for over 20 years. Kiran works in cybersecurity at Cisco Systems. He has been associated with TIPS since its inception and supports this society in the areas of strategic planning & technology needs. Kiran volunteers in multiple local organizations and is currently a board member of NCAIA (NC Association of Indian-Americans). Kiran is married with 2 children and enjoys volunteering, workouts, playing table tennis & Cricket.