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Kamalakar Surineni, MD, MPH.

Surineni Kamalakar
Clinical Assistant Professor

Psychiatry Section Chair - Ascension Via Christi Hospital

Kansas Psychiatric Society District Branch Representative

Professional Background

Kamalakar Surineni, M.D. is an ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) board certified psychiatrist. His areas of interest are geriatric mental health, mental health outreach, preventive and public psychiatry, and clinical research.

He primarily works post graduate medical trainees, and medical students rotating in senior behavioral health services. Dr Surineni is also heavily involved with American Psychiatric Association as Kansas District branch representative and is consistently takes part in advocacy for better mental health services.

Dr. Surineni completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine- Wichita. Prior to residency he did a master's in public health from Missouri State University, Springfield, MO., and A Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Kakatiya Medical College, India.

Education and Training
  • MBBS, Medicine, Kakatiya Medical College, India
  • Residency, Psychiatry , University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Kamalakar Surineni, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychiatric Association, Member, 2017 - Present



Prior to starting his residency, Dr. Surineni worked as a multidisciplinary clinical researcher and research coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Kansas City. He worked on various VA, NIH, and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials.


1. The serotonin-2C agonist Lorcaserin delays intravenous choice and modifies the subjective and cardiovascular effects of cocaine: A randomized, controlled human laboratory studyJL Pirtle, MD Hickman, VC Boinpelly, K Surineni, HK Thakur, KW GrasingPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 180, 52-59 (

2. Epinephrine-Induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy K Surineni, MR Afzal, R Barua, D Parashara Federal Practitioner 33 (10), 28 (

3. Normalization of testosterone levels after testosterone replacement therapy is associated with decreased incidence of atrial fibrillationR Sharma, OA Oni, K Gupta, M Sharma, R Sharma, V Singh, D Parashara, ...Journal of the American Heart Association 6 (5), e004880

4. The prevalence and anatomical patterns of intracavitary coronary arteries: detection by coronary computed tomographic angiography R Masoomi, Z Shah, K Surineni, T RosamondJournal of the American College of Cardiology 65 (10S), A1128-A1128

5. EFFECT OF AGGRESSIVE LIPID THERAPY ON PROGRESSION OF CAROTID ARTERY STENOSIS: A LONGTERM FOLLOW UP STUDYZ Shah, R Thapa, M Wani, S Sharma, T Myers, K Surineni, C Johnson, ...Journal of the American College of Cardiology 65 (10S), A1487-A1487

6. Proteinuria in hypertensive nephropathy: A reviewR Sharma, S Kamalakar, E McCarthy, TA Fields, K Gupta, R Barua, ...Open Journal of Nephrology 2014

7. A Case of Persistent Postictal and Inter-ictal DeliriumV Le, K Wollard, RW Lee, K SurineniKansas Journal of Medicine 16, 214

Poster Presentations,
1) Postictal and Inter-ictal Persistent Delirium in a 69-Year-Old with Resected Bifrontal Olfactory Groove Skull Base MeningiomaVy Le, Kamalakar Surineni, Kylee Wollard, Will DeVries - The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Summer 2023 35(3):269(

2. Resilience Training Program for PTSD, Dr. Hemant Thakur,MD.,Kamalakar Surineni,MBBS,MPH, Vikas Singh,MD, Vikram Panwar,MBBS,MPH Presented At KUSOM-KC Annual Research Day 04/2016

3. Lorcaserin and the Subjective and Reinforcing Effects of Cocaine, Kenneth Grasing, Jimmie L. Pirtle LPN Melissa D. Hickman LPN, Varun C. Boinpelly MPharm, Kamalakar Surineni MD MPH, Hemant K. Thakur MD, Presented At Kansas City VA Annual Research Day 06/2018

  • Phillip, Martin, Schroeder, Ryan , Surineni, Kamalakar. 2023. Cognitive screening and diagnostic interviewing
  • Le, Vy, Wollard, Kylee , Kamalakar. 2023. Post-ictal and Inter-ictal Persistent Delirium in A 69-year-old With Resected Bifrontal Olfactory Groove Skull Base Meningioma. Kansas Medical Journal .
  • Surineni. 2023. Am I on too many medications?. The Active Age .
  • Surineni, Kamalakar, Muhammad, Afzal, Barua, Rajath, Parashara, Deepak. 2016. Epinephrine-Induced Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy,
  • Grasing, Kenneth, Pirtle, Jimmie, Surineni, Kamalakar, Thakur, Hemanth, Boinpelly, Varun., Chandra. 2019. High dose lorcaserin: interaction with intravenous cocaine and effects on drug self-administration (Submitted Abstract for CPDD . College on Problems of Drug Dependence (Abstract ID #268)
  • Grasing, Kenneth, Pirtle, Jimmie, Surineni, Kamalakar, Thakur, Hemanth, Boinpelly, Varun., Chandra. 2018. Craving, cardiovascular, and cognitive effects of cocaine and lorcaserin, a serotonin 2C agonist with anti-addictive properties.. Society for Neuroscience conference- 2018
  • Sharma, Ram, Oni, OA, Gu, Kamal, Sharma, M, Singh, V, Parashara, D, Surineni, K, B., Dawn, Chen, G, Ambrose, JA, Barua, R. 2017. Normalization of Testosterone Levels After Testosterone Replacement Therapy Is Associated With Decreased Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Le, Vy, Mainali, Sandhya , Surineni. 2023. A Case Of Dementia With Behavioral Disturbances In Nasopharyngeal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Elias, Grant , Rathod, Hitesh, Kuhlmann, Emily, Schroeder, Nicholas, Surineni. 2023. A Case of Partially Reversible Oral-buccal-lingual Dyskinesia after Prolonged Levetiracetam Exposure . Kansas Medical Journal