Sreekanth Cheruku, M.D.

Sreekanth Cheruku, M.D.

Co-Medical Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Pain Management


Sreekanth Cheruku, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine. 

Dr. Cheruku earned his medical degree at the American University of Antigua. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a fellowship in critical care medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and an additional fellowship in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in anesthesiology, adult cardiac anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. 

Dr. Cheruku divides his time between the cardiothoracic operating rooms and the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU), attending to patients, educating trainees, and conducting clinical research. He serves as co-Medical Director the CVICU and also leads the Critical Care division's ECMO program.

His research focuses on identifying and mitigating risk factors for adverse outcomes after cardiac surgery. After completing a pilot study evaluating the Fitbit tracking device in post-cardiac surgery ICU patients, he currently leads a randomized controlled trial evaluating the role of mobility interventions on postoperative outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Cheruku was recruited to work in UT Southwestern's dedicated COVID ICU. During this time, he temporarily redirected his research focus and established a local epidemiological registry of COVID-19 patients as part of the VIRUS study, an international, multicenter registry of COVID-19 patients. This registry was supported by two foundation grants from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and resulted in over a dozen publications. His academic productivity, which includes both cardiac surgery outcomes research and COVID-19 research, has yielded 24 peer-reviewed publications to date in reputable journals including Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Resuscitation. He has also delivered more than two dozen invited lectures on topics related to cardiothoracic anesthesiology and cardiac critical care.

Education & Training
  • Research - New York Presbyterian Hospital (2008-2009), Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Internship - University of Mississippi Medical Center (2009-2010), Anesthesiology
  • Residency - University of Mississippi Medical Center (2010-2013), Anesthesiology
  • Residency - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2013-2014), Critical Care Medicine
  • Fellowship - Duke University (2014-2015), Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Medical School - American University of Antigua College of Medicine (2005-2008), Anesthesiology & Pain Management
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Heart Association (2018)
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (2014)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2014)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (2008)
  • American Society of Echocardiography (2015)
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Member of the Year 2022, Society of Critical Care Medicine – Texas Chapter
  • Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) 2021, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Induction to Delta Omega 2021, National Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Chairman Recognition Award 2020, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Best of Meeting Oral Abstract Presentation, “Machine Learning Identifies Perioperative Variables Associated with Cardiac Surgery-Associated Acute Kidney Injury” 2019, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
  • Best of Meeting Oral Abstract Presentation, “Quantifying Activity after Cardiac Surgery Using Wireless Wearable Technology” 2018, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Faculty of the Year, Critical Care Medicine 2018, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • First Place, Resident Research Competition 2013, Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Colleague of the Year 2013, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Graduating Resident of the Year 2013, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Citizenship Award, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Anesthetic Management in Open Descending Thoracic Aorta Surgery in Evidence-Based Practice in Perioperative Cardiac Anesthesia and Surgery
      Sreekanth R. Cheruku and Amanda A. Fox (2021), Springer
    • Anesthetic Management for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection in Hensley's Practical Approach to Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Seventh Edition
      Ali Khalifa, Amanda A. Fox, John R. Cooper, Jr., and Sreekanth Cheruku (2024), Wolters Kluwer
  • Cheruku SR, Raphael J, Neyra JA, Fox AA. Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: Prediction, Prevention, and Management. Anesthesiology. 2023 Dec 1;139(6):880-98. PMID: 37812758
  • Cheruku SR, Fox, AA, Heravi H, Doolabh N, Davis J, He J, Deonarine C, Bereuter L, Reisch J, Ahmed F, and Skariah L, Machi A. Thoracic Interfascial Plane Blocks and Outcomes After Minithoracotomy for Valve Surgery. Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 2022 Oct 22. PMID: 36282242.
  • Cheruku SR, Barina A, Kershaw C, Goff K, Reisch J, Hynan LS, Ahmed F, Armaignac DL, Patel L, Belden KA, Kaufman M, Christie AB, Deo N, Bansal V, Boman K, Kumar VK, Walkey A, Kashyap R, Gajic O, Fox AA. Palliative Care Consultation and End-of-Life Outcomes in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients. Resuscitation. 2022; 170: 230-7. PMID: 34920014.
  • Kan C, Ye Z, Zhou H, Cheruku SR. DG-ECG: Multi-stream deep graph learning for the recognition of disease-altered patterns in electrocardiogram. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. 2023 Feb 1;80(2)
  • Cheruku S, Dave S, Goff K, Park C, Ebeling C, Cohen L, Styrvoky K, Choi C, Anand V, Kershaw C. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Intensive Care Unit patients with COVID-19. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 2020; 34(10): 2595-603. PMID: 32620487.
  • Cheruku S, Huang N, Meinhardt K, Aguirre M. Anesthetic Management for Endovascular Repair of the Thoracic Aorta. Anesthesiology Clinics. 2019; 37(4): 593-607. PMID: 31677680.
  • Cheruku S, Boud TJ, Kulkarni N, Lynch IP. Demystifying the EP laboratory: Anesthetic considerations for electrophysiology procedures. International Anesthesiology Clinics. 2018; 56(4): 98-119. PMID: 30204610.
  • Kertai MD*, Cheruku S*, Qi W, Li YJ, Hughes GC, Mathew JP, Karhausen JA. Mast cell activation and arterial hypotension during proximal aortic repair requiring hypothermic circulatory arrest. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2017; 153(1):68-76. PMID: 27697359. *Co-first authors
  • Ebeling C, Cheruku S. Anesthetic Management for Endovascular Repair of Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Anesthesiology Clinics. 2022 Sep 28. PMID: 36328625.

Clinical Focus

  • Pain Management

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