Meet Dr. Sumana Kumarappa
Dr. Kumarappa’s mantra is providing expert medical care in a patient-centric approach. She believes every patient and family has unique needs, and she strives to design an individual treatment plan through patient education and shared decision-making. Dr. Kumarappa has a stellar record, receiving recognition for academic merit from the Government of India/Pratibha award and a gold medal for excellence in medical school. She then completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine/SJRMC. Following residency training, Dr. Kumarappa pursued a gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. During her final year of fellowship, she was Chief Gastroenterology Fellow and was also a finalist at the American College of Gastroenterology GI jeopardy competition held across all the fellowship programs in the US.
Prior to joining Austin Gastroenterology, Dr. Kumarappa was in private practice in Mobile, AL, where she nurtured a personal bond with patients and families while running an efficient, high-volume clinic. She served as the medical director of endoscopy for the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. Additionally, she served on several boards and committees during her tenure there, including the Professional Standard Review Committee, Medical Executive Committee, and the IT committee. She has presented at national GI conferences and has been published in recognized medical journals.
Dr. Kumarappa’s professional interests include:
- Colon cancer prevention and screening
- Esophageal diseases including eosinophilic esophagitis, GERD, motility disorders, pH monitoring, and high-resolution esophageal manometry
- Gastrointestinal bleeding management, small bowel video capsule endoscopy
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Women’s GI health issues, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease
- Chronic liver disease, fatty liver
When she is not busy caring for patients, Dr. Kumarappa cherishes her family, taking a stroll through the park with her husband, exercising, riding a bike with her daughter, and browsing through the library.
Dr. Kumarappa is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi
Medical Degree: Siddhartha Medical College, India
Residency: Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Program/SJRMC, New Jersey
Fellowship: Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Louisiana
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
‘’Dr. Kumarappa is the best! She listens. The one thing I love about her is that she looks into your health record. She saw something that other doctors didn’t tell me about. She has saved my life twice! She is the bomb!!!!’’ Robin B, 2021 Healthgrades
‘’I give her a 6 star. Excellent bed side manner, and very attentive’’
Linda R., 2021, Google review
‘’Dr. Kumarappa is extremely kind, caring, and knowledgeable. I have health anxiety therefore I worry about the small things. She always calls me personally to lay those worries to rest. I never feel silly for asking questions and know that I can be honest with her about my concerns and receive a genuine response. Anyone with health anxiety knows what it feels like to feel weighed down with constant fear and stress. I'm sure you also know what it feels like to be intimidated by your doctor or ridiculous for asking questions. Unlike people who do not struggle with anxiety, you are incapable of trusting blindly. Meaning you look into every detail of every report, and then question it all. Dr. Kumarappa understands and doesn't try to intimidate you. So, if you're reading this in hopes of finding a gastroenterologist that won't make you feel like a difficult patient and will actually address your concerns, you have found her.’’ Mary R. Jan 2022, Google review