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Prasanthi Govindarajan, M.D.

Emergency medicine specialist

Dr. Prasanthi Govindarajan is an emergency medicine doctor at UCSF Medical Center. She specializes in caring for patients with neurological emergencies and in pre-hospital care of stroke patients. Her research in this area has been widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Govindarajan earned her medical degree from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India. Subsequently, she completed a residency in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center, and a fellowship in emergency medical services and a master's degree in clinical research at the University of San Diego. Govindarajan is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and grants, including the David Frommer Award during her residency, UCSF Hellman Award and the University of California, San Diego Stroke Grant. She serves as the vice chair for the National Academy of EMS Physicians Research Committee and is a member of the American Heart Association's stroke council and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. Govindarajan is an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF School of Medicine.


Emergency Department
505 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1037
Physician Referrals: (415) 353-1238

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Madras College of Medicine 1997


Boston University Medical Center 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Dickert NW, Scicluna VM, Baren JM, Biros MH, Fleischman RJ, Govindarajan PR, Jones EB, Pancioli AM, Wright DW, Pentz RD. Patients' perspectives of enrollment in research without consent: the patients' experiences in emergency research-progesterone for the treatment of traumatic brain injury study*. Crit Care Med. 2015 Mar; 43(3):603-12.
  2. Govindarajan P, Friedman BT, Delgadillo JQ, Ghilarducci D, Cook LJ, Grimes B, McCulloch CE, Johnston SC. Race and sex disparities in prehospital recognition of acute stroke. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Mar; 22(3):264-72.
  3. Tataris K, Kivlehan S, Govindarajan P. National trends in the utilization of emergency medical services for acute myocardial infarction and stroke. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Nov; 15(7):744-8.
  4. Stephens CE, Sackett N, Govindarajan P, Lee SJ. Emergency department visits and hospitalizations by tube-fed nursing home residents with varying degrees of cognitive impairment: a national study. BMC Geriatr. 2014; 14:35.
  5. Dickert NW, Govindarajan P, Harney D, Silbergleit R, Sugarman J, Weinfurt KP, Pentz RD. Community consultation for prehospital research: experiences of study coordinators and principal investigators. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Apr-Jun; 18(2):274-81.
  6. Dickert NW, Mah VA, Baren JM, Biros MH, Govindarajan P, Pancioli A, Silbergleit R, Wright DW, Pentz RD. Enrollment in research under exception from informed consent: the Patients' Experiences in Emergency Research (PEER) study. Resuscitation. 2013 Oct; 84(10):1416-21.
  7. Polevoi SK, Jewel Shim J, McCulloch CE, Grimes B, Govindarajan P. Marked reduction in length of stay for patients with psychiatric emergencies after implementation of a comanagement model. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Apr; 20(4):338-43.
  8. Govindarajan P, Dickert NW, Meeker M, De Souza N, Harney D, Hemphill CJ, Pentz R. Emergency research: using exception from informed consent, evaluation of community consultations. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Jan; 20(1):98-103.
  9. Kamel H, Fahimi J, Govindarajan P, Navi BB. Nationwide patterns of hospitalization after transient ischemic attack. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Oct; 22(7):e142-5.
  10. Wilson MP, Vilke GM, Govindarajan P, Itagaki MW. Emergency Physicians Research Common Problems in Proportion to their Frequency. West J Emerg Med. 2012 Sep; 13(4):344-50.
  11. Govindarajan P, Gonzales R, Maselli JH, Johnston SC, Fahimi J, Poisson S, Stein JC. Regional differences in emergency medical services use for patients with acute stroke (findings from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Emergency Department Data File). J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Nov; 22(8):e257-63.
  12. Freeman JD, Govindarajan P. Paediatric back pain and a limp. Emerg Med J. 2012 Jun; 29(6):523.
  13. Desouza NT, Govindarajan P. Radiographic evidence of osteomyelitis. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov; 12(4):528-9.
  14. Govindarajan P, Desouza NT, Pierog J, Ghilarducci D, Johnston SC. Feasibility study to assess the use of the Cincinnati stroke scale by emergency medical dispatchers: a pilot study. Emerg Med J. 2012 Oct; 29(10):848-50.
  15. Govindarajan P, Lin L, Landman A, McMullan JT, McNally BF, Crouch AJ, Sasson C. Practice variability among the EMS systems participating in Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). Resuscitation. 2012 Jan; 83(1):76-80.
  16. Govindarajan P, Ghilarducci D, McCulloch C, Pierog J, Bloom E, Johnston C. Comparative evaluation of stroke triage algorithms for emergency medical dispatchers (MeDS): prospective cohort study protocol. BMC Neurol. 2011; 11:14.
  17. Govindarajan P, Larkin GL, Rhodes KV, Piazza G, Byczkowski TL, Edwards M, Baren JM. Patient-centered integrated networks of emergency care: consensus-based recommendations and future research priorities. Acad Emerg Med. 2010 Dec; 17(12):1322-9.
  18. Ramanujam P, Castillo E, Patel E, Vilke G, Wilson MP, Dunford JV. Prehospital transport time intervals for acute stroke patients. J Emerg Med. 2009 Jul; 37(1):40-5.
  19. Ramanujam P, Guluma KZ, Castillo EM, Chacon M, Jensen MB, Patel E, Linnick W, Dunford JV. Accuracy of stroke recognition by emergency medical dispatchers and paramedics--San Diego experience. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2008 Jul-Sep; 12(3):307-13.
  20. Ramanujam P, Lowenstein R. Hyperdense middle cerebral artery sign. J Emerg Med. 2007 Nov; 33(4):417-8.

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