Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD

Emergency care physician

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 associate 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

Academic Title

Associate Clinical Professor

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Madras College of Medicine 1997


Boston University Medical Center 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Manella H, Sivasankar S, Perry JJ, Pfeil S, Senyak J, Shachter R, Govindarajan P. A Web-based Decision Tool to Estimate Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Risk in Emergency Department Patients. Cureus. 2018 Jan 21; 10(1):e2096.
  2. Hatcher S, Chen C, Govindarajan P. Prehospital Systolic Hypertension and Outcomes in Patients with Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Cureus. 2017 Jan 26; 9(1):e998.
  3. Whitesides LW, Baren JM, Biros MH, Fleischman RJ, Govindarajan PR, Jones EB, Pancioli AM, Pentz RD, Scicluna VM, Wright DW, Dickert NW. Impact of individual clinical outcomes on trial participants' perspectives on enrollment in emergency research without consent. Clin Trials. 2017 Apr; 14(2):180-186.

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