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Madhuri Vusirikala, M.D.
Madhuri Vusirikala, M.D.

Madhuri Vusirikala, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
  • Lymphoma Treatment
  • Leukemia Treatment

Biography

Madhuri Vusirikala, M.D., is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She joined UT Southwestern in 2006.

Dr. Vusirikala specializes in managing a variety of hematologic malignancies and, when appropriate, performing bone marrow transplants to treat them.

As Medical Director of UT Southwestern’s Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Dr. Vusirikala works with the National Marrow Donor Program. She also leads the Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematologic Malignancies Clinic’s Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease Clinic and serves as a staff physician on the Hematology-Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Service of UT Southwestern’s Zale Lipshy University Hospital and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.

Dr. Vusirikala earned her medical degree (M.B.B.S.) at India’s Lady Hardinge Medical College before completing an internal medicine internship at Maulana Azad Medical College-Delhi University and an internal medicine internship and residency at The State University of New York, Syracuse.

She also completed a hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and an advanced fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Vusirikala serves as the primary investigator for most of UT Southwestern’s clinical trials related to bone marrow transplantation. Her research interests include chronic graft-versus-host disease, allogeneic stem cell transplantation, hematopoietic and cord-blood transplantation, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

She is board certified in internal medicine, oncology, and hematology. A member of the UT Southwestern Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee, she also is involved with groups that include the Laboratory Advisory Committee and with teams aimed at bone marrow transplant implementation and chemotherapy safety.

Dr. Vusirikala is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant, and American College of Physicians. 

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Meet Dr. Vusirikala

Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

Patients with hematologic malignancies who may require bone marrow transplantation are in good hands with UT Southwestern Medical Center's Madhuri Vusirikala, M.D.

Dr. Vusirikala takes care of adults with blood cancers and offers bone marrow transplants for any diseases that require them. She performs a variety of transplants, including autologous, allogeneic, cord blood, and haploidentical. She also treats patients who don’t require transplantation but whose conditions require highly skilled maintenance care, including a number of patients transplanted at other centers.

“We get many referrals, both for transplanting patients and for treating patients with complex and chronic hematologic diseases,” she says.

Dr. Vusirikala runs the Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematologic Malignancies Clinic’s Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD) Clinic, a survivorship program that serves patients who develop this complication after an allogeneic transplantation. She is also the Director of the National Marrow Donor Program portion of the UT Southwestern stem cell transplant program. 

As the primary investigator of most of UT Southwestern’s clinical trials related to bone marrow transplantation, Dr. Vusirikala is active in clinical research and says she takes pride in being thorough and looking at the big picture for each patient.

“I try to be a very comprehensive transplant physician, one who considers each patient as an individual and takes an aggressive yet sensitive approach,” she says. “I weigh the risks of transplantation with the benefits – in the short term and the long term. Sometimes, transplant is not the best treatment for a patient, and I believe in reviewing all treatment options available and helping pick the best treatment for that patient.”

Dr. Vusirikala thinks it's important to educate both the patient and his or her family and build a strong relationship with every patient. There is so much information out there for patients and sometimes it gets very confusing as to what is beneficial, she says. Dr. Vusirikala believes in reviewing all the information with patients and their families and helping them interpret the data.

“Patients should always look at transplant center statistics, ask questions, and talk with other patients who have been treated at that center,” she says. “Patients should feel like they can approach their transplant physician with any issue at any time and have all their questions and concerns addressed. I’m a strong believer in that.”

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Education & Training
  • Advanced Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1999-2000), Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh (1996-1999), Hematology Oncology
  • Internship - Delhi University/Maulana Azad Medical College, India (1992-1993), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - SUNY Upstate Medical University (1993-1996), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Lady Hardinge Medical College, India (1986-1991)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Hematology (1998), Member
  • American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant (2010), Member
Books & Publications
Research
  • survivorship after stem cell transplant
  • Other malignant hematologic disorders-lymphomas, MDS, MPD, MF, myeloma
  • acute leukemias
  • acute and chronic graft versus host disease
  • allogeneic stem cell transplant in hematologic disorders

Clinical Focus

  • Lymphoma Treatment
  • Leukemia Treatment
  • Malignant Hematology
  • Myeloma Treatment
  • Bone Marrow Transplant

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Q&A by Dr. Vusirikala

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