Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Sunil Kripalani

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM, is Associate Professor, Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, and Associate Director of the Effective Health Communication Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University. He is an academic hospitalist whose research concerns hospital-based communication, with a focus on transitions of care, health literacy, and medication management.

Dr. Kripalani is active in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), where has held leadership roles in the Continuity of Care Task Force and Handoff Standards Task Force. Dr. Kripalani was Founding Chair of the Innovations in Hospital Medicine competition, served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Research Abstract Session from 2002 to 2005, and continues to serve on the Research Committee. In 2005, he received the SHM Young Investigator Award of Excellence. In 2009, he was inducted in the inaugural class of Fellows in Hospital Medicine, and in 2010, the inaugural class of Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Kripalani is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and an Associate Editor of Hospital Medicine Secrets.

Dr. Kripalani also has served as a member of numerous national committees and task forces related to literacy and health, including being Chair of the NIH grant review panels for health literacy research. He was recognized as a Pfizer Health Literacy Scholar in 2003, and he was named a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy in 2006. He served as Co-Editor of the special issue on health literacy published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kripalani graduated summa cum laude from Rice University and received his M.D. with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University, where he also completed a Hospital Medicine Fellowship and a Master of Science in Clinical Research. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Society of Health System Pharmacists Foundation, and Pfizer Health Literacy Scholars Program.