RHEUMATOLOGY TRAINING:

  • Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

INTERNAL MEDICINE TRAINING:

  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Drexel University
  • Philadelphia, PA

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Dr. Suneetha Morthala’s fellowship training in Rheumatology was completed at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Morthala graduated Cum Laude from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Dominican Republic with her medical degree. She started her internship training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania,New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Morthala completed her final year in residency training in Internal Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Morthala is board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. She is also a Fellow with the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Morthala participated in clinical research involving Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) while at the University of Pennsylvania. After serving almost four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and having worked with Lexington Rheumatology for three years, she started Sandhills Rheumatology, her private practice

Dr. Morthala has three beautiful children with her husband also Dr. Morthala a psychiatrist working in private practice in Elgin, SC (Kershaw County Psychiatry LLC).

EXPERIENCE

Lexington Rheumatology
Attending Physician
110 E Medical Lane, Suite 235
West Columbia, SC 29169
Date: 01/01/2010 – 12-31-12

University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor
Rheumatology Division
2 Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29993
Phone# (803) 540-1000
Date: 08/01/06 – 12/31/09

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
Rheumatology Division
Position: Rheumatology fellowship (07/2003-06/2005)
Program Director: Sharon Kolasinski, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine
(MCP Hahnemann University)
Department of Internal Medicine
Position: Internal Medicine PGY-3 (7/2002-6/2003)
Program Director: Eric Vogel, M.D.

New York Methodist Hospital
Department of Internal Medicine
Position: Internal Medicine PGY-1, PGY-2 (07/2000-06/2002)
Program Director and Chairman: Harvey Dosik, M.D.

Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Diploma: Doctor in Medicine (CUM LAUDE) 06/1998

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Premedicine (09/1993-08/1994)

MEDICAL LICENSE

South Carolina State

LANGUAGE FLUENCY

English, Spanish, Hindi and Telugu

PUBLICATIONS:

  • The Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) C677T Polymorphism is Not Associated with elevated Plasma Homocysteine or Coronary Artery Calcification in SLE Patients. ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 12-17/ 2005 Santiago, CA
  • The Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 -2518 G Allele is Associated with SLE in Caucasians but Not in African Americans. ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 12-17/2005 Santiago, CA
  • Homocysteine Levels, Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Disease Duration are the Major Predictors of Coronary Calcification Measured by Electron Beam Computed Tomography in SLE Patients Compared to Age, Gender, and Race Matched Controls ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 12-17/2005 Santiago, CA
  • “Diagnostic Dilemmas of Thyroid Storm” JGIM Volume 17; Supplement 1, April 2002, page 53.

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of American college of Rheumatology since 2002-PRESENT

CERTIFICATION

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry Certification 2010-2015