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Srikala Ponnuru

Srikala Ponnuru, MD

Medical Simulation Fellowship Program Director; Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Medicine

Practices: Drexel Emergency Medicine

Specialties: Emergency Medicine


  • MD - Jefferson Medical College (2001)
  • BS - Combined Medical Program, Pennsylvania State University (1999)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Srikala Ponnuru, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing at Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City Philadelphia. She has additional training in toxicology, difficult airways and ultrasound.

She is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Clinical Services

Medical simulation


  • Emergency Medicine - Christiana Care Health System (2004)

Srikala Ponnuru, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Medical Simulation Fellowship program at Drexel University College of Medicine. She coordinates and teaches case-based simulations and procedure clinics for the residency program and serves as a resident clinical case preceptor.


"Impact of simulation-based medical education on patient outcomes: A systematic review"
Dong C, Ponnuru S, Szyld D, and Griswold-Theodorson S
International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, San Francisco, Calif., 2014

"The emerging role of simulation education to achieve patient safety: translating deliberate practice and debriefing to save lives"
Griswold S, Ponnuru S, Nishisaki A, Szyld D, Davenport M, Deutsch E, and Nadkarni V
Pediatr Clin North Am, 59(6):1329-40 2012

"Coup and Contracoup Head Injury Resulting in Anosmia"
Tao K, Shenbagamurthi S
Journal of Emergency Medicine, 42, 180-181, 2012

"Lower Extremity Ulcers: Venous, Arterial or Diabetic"
Aydin A, Shenbagamurthi S
Emergency Physicians Monthly, August 2009

"A randomized controlled trial of ultrasound-assisted lumbar puncture"
Nomura JT, Leech SJ, Shenbagamurthi S, Sierzenski PR, O'Connor RE, Bollinger M, Humphrey M, Gukhool JA
Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 10, 1341-8, 2007

Contact Information

Academic Office

Drexel Emergency Medicine
245 N. 15th Street
MS 1011
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.2368
Fax: 215.762.1307

Practice Office

Hahnemann University Hospital Emergency Room
230 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.7000