Medical Director, Health Plus

Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health

Education

MD - Univeristy of Miami
B.S. - University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 2006
M.H.S. - Yale University, 2012

Postgraduate Training

Residency

Chief Resident - Emory Unversity, 2010 Internal Medicine Residency - Emory University, 2009

Fellowship

Yale University, 2012

Professional Highlights

Dr. Chakkalakal joined the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012 and became the Medical Director for Health Plus (the workplace wellness program for faculty and staff of VU and VUMC) in 2017. Dr. Chakkalakal's research focuses on reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes in high-risk populations. Her research has evaluated weight management for the prevention of type 2 diabetes among women with a history of gestational diabetes and implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in diverse settings. In addition, Dr. Chakkalakal conducts secondary analyses of large datasets (AHRQ Healthcare Utilization Project, State Birth Certificate Data, PCORI CDRN Data) to evaluate health disparities and study healthcare utilization for patients with type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions to further inform interventions focused on behavior modification. Dr. Chakkalakal's current research includes evaluating the use of telehealth as an implementation strategy for the National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program offered through Health Plus.