Sushmita G. Yallapragada, MD $$


Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
English Kannada


UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Sushmita Yallapragada, M.D., MSc, FAAP, is a neonatologist at Children’s Health℠, where she serves as Associate Director of the NICU. While she cares for all infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she specializes in caring for preterm infants with chronic lung diseases and respiratory failure. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Yallapragada earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago and her fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Northwestern University.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Yallapragada teaches medical students, residents and fellows how to provide quality care for the hospital’s smallest patients. She helps them understand the support these patients need and the long-term challenges they may face.

“I truly love getting to know each patient, their families and tailoring a treatment plan to each infant,” says Dr. Yallapragada. “I enjoy a multidisciplinary approach to care, working with all pediatric specialties to heal our vulnerable patients. I believe in teamwork and supporting the families through some very difficult challenges.”

I truly love getting to know each patient, their families and tailoring a treatment plan to each infant.
Dr. Sushmita G. Yallapragada

Dr. Yallapragada conducts research on preterm infants with chronic lung conditions and pulmonary hypertension. Additionally, she spends time in the FETAL Center working with families who have fetal congenital anomalies, and creating a care plan for delivery and beyond. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research.

In her free time, Dr. Yallapragada enjoys spending time with her husband and son, particularly cheering on Dallas sports teams. She also practices and teaches Indian classical dance and enjoys traveling. She speaks both English and Kannada. 

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2009)
University of Chicago Comer Childrens Hospital GME (2012), Pediatrics
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2015), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Graduate School
Northwestern University Graduate School (2015)
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal


  • Research Interests

    • Developing a specialized clinical research program to study preterm infants who have chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and chronic respiratory failure
  • Publications

    • Placental Villous Vascularity Is Decreased in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia-Associated Pulmonary Hypertension. Yallapragada SG, Mestan KK, Palac H, Porta N, Gotteiner N, Hamvas A, Grobman W, Ernst LM Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society 2016 Mar-Apr 19 2 101-7
    • Successful medical management of a neonate with spontaneous splenic rupture and severe hemophilia A. Badawy SM, Rossoff J, Yallapragada S, Liem RI, Sharathkumar AA Hematology/oncology and stem cell therapy 2016 Apr
    • Early-Life Exposure to Antibiotics, Alterations in the Intestinal Microbiome, and Risk of Metabolic Disease in Children and Adults. Yallapragada SG, Nash CB, Robinson DT Pediatric annals 2015 Nov 44 11 e265-9
    • The Impact of Pulmonary Hypertension in Preterm Infants with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia through 1 Year. Lagatta JM, Hysinger EB, Zaniletti I, Wymore EM, Vyas-Read S, Yallapragada S, Nelin LD, Truog WE, Padula MA, Porta NFM, Savani RC, Potoka KP, Kawut SM, DiGeronimo R, Natarajan G, Zhang H, Grover TR, Engle WA, Murthy K The Journal of pediatrics 2018 Aug
  • Professional Activities

    • Society for Pediatric Research
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Awards and Honors

    • Elected Associate Member of Perinatal Research Society 2016
    • Recipient of NIH Loan Repayment Award 2016

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