Roopa Vemulapalli, M.D.

Roopa Vemulapalli, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Digestive & Liver Diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cancer Screening


Roopa Vemulapalli, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases (Gastroenterology) at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of small bowel pathology and has special expertise in managing conditions that include celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and hereditary gastrointestinal (GI) cancer syndromes.

Dr. Vemulapalli serves as the division’s Quality Control Officer and Morbidity and Mortality Conference moderator. She also is a member of the Fellowship Evaluation Committee and the C. Difficile Working Group, and she helps to train GI fellows.

Dr. Vemulapalli’s research interests include small bowel imaging, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, and colon cancer. She is currently taking part in a multi-center study to evaluate the efficacy of a new type of capsule endoscopy used to examine the small intestine.

She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010.

Dr. Vemulapalli earned her medical degree at Kakatiya Medical College in India. She completed an internal medicine residency at Chicago’s Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, a clinical nutrition fellowship at University of Chicago Hospital, and a gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialties, Dr. Vemulapalli is a member of professional organizations that include the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Nutrition and Dietetics and the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, among other publications.

Dr. Vemulapalli was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018 and 2020.

Meet Dr. Vemulapalli

Gastroenterologist Specializing in Small Bowel Disease

From irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to chronic acid reflux to celiac disease, many Americans suffer from small bowel disorders to varying degrees. UT Southwestern Medical Center gastroenterologist Roopa Vemulapalli, M.D., specializes in evaluating and treating a wide variety of these problems.

Dr. Vemulapalli’s areas of expertise include IBS, gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and tumors, ulcers, constipation, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome, and hereditary GI cancer syndromes.

In addition to performing screening and diagnostic colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, Dr. Vemulapalli has special expertise in advanced endoscopic procedures such as capsule endoscopy and balloon- and spiral overtube-assisted deep enteroscopy.

Her comprehensive, individualized approach to care helps restore health and well-being to many of her patients.

“I’m able to help a significant number of our patients get relief from the abdominal ailments that have plagued them for many years,” Dr. Vemulapalli says.

“I strive to improve my patients’ quality of life, and I derive immense satisfaction from being able to do that.”

Ongoing advances in gastroenterology enable Dr. Vemulapalli and her colleagues to continue making lives better.

“We’re now able to examine the small intestine using deep enteroscopy, for example, and new drugs for managing symptoms are continually being developed,” she says. “Advances like these, as well as current research in celiac disease and hereditary and nonhereditary colon cancer syndromes, are just some of the many exciting things going on in the field.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Kakatiya Medical College, India (1993-1999)
  • Fellowship - University of Chicago Hospital (2005-2007), Clinical Nutrition
  • Residency - Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital (2003-2005), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital (2002-2003), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical School (2007-2010), Gastroenterology/hepatology
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, (2018, 2020)
  • American College of Gastroenterology 2006, WE CARE in IBD
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Gastroenterology
  • Cancer Screening

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Digestive Disease Clinic

at Outpatient Building 1801 Inwood Road, 6th Floor, Suite 102
Dallas, Texas 75390
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