Dr. Smitha R. Pabbathi is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and an associate member at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is also an associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She became medical director of the Survivorship Clinic fulltime in 2018 at the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center at McKinley Campus, where she leads a team of providers focused on the unique needs of cancer survivors with an emphasis on prevention. She received her Bachelors in Science from Florida State University and her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Florida in 2007. Following her training, she joined the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, caring for hospitalized oncology patients. Dr. Pabbathi then joined the Internal Hospital Medicine Department at Moffitt in 2011. She has a decade of experience as an oncology academic hospitalist and understands the complexities of comprehensive and personalized medical care needed for oncology patients and survivors. She is also committed to the education of medical students and Internal Medicine residents. Dr. Pabbathi was recognized for her exemplary teaching at Moffitt with the Outstanding Resident Teaching award in 2014. In 2015, she was recognized by project REACH and was selected to attend the AAMC Women’s Leadership Conference. In 2017, she led a taskforce to create a formal process to deliver Survivorship Care Plans. This initiative received recognition with the Spirit of Moffitt Award. Dr. Pabbathi was also the recipient of a Florida Breast Cancer Foundation educational grant, which allowed for the collaboration with Nutrition and Rehab services, Social Work and Arts in Medicine to create a breast cancer survivor workshop called SOAR: Survivors Overcoming and Achieving Resiliency. Dr. Pabbathi was asked to be a part of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors in 2018 as the Survivorship Chairman. She is strong patient advocate, dedicated to service and community outreach locally and regionally, and is devoted to providing outstanding clinical care to her patients.
CLINICAL TRIAL 20787
Health Literacy, Home Environmental Influence and Ethnicity and its Association to Adherence to Nutrition and Physical Exercise Guidelines in Adolescents and Young Adults Cancer Patients and Survivors: An Exploratory Study
CLINICAL TRIAL 20479
Efficacy of SOAR (Survivors Overcoming and Achieving Resiliency) Survivorship Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivors
Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Sherry P, Rigg KK, Marshall VK, Henderson H, di Ciccone BL, Rajasekhara S, Pabbathi S. Perceptions of prescription opioid medication within the context of cancer survivorship and the opioid epidemic. J Cancer Surviv. 2021 Jan. Pubmedid: 33405057.
Hutchinson T, Hoffe S, Saeed S, Pflanzer SA, Fleming JB, Pabbathi S. Gastrointestinal Disease-Specific Survivorship Care: A New Personalized Model Integrating Onco-Wellness. Cancer Control. 2021 Jan.28. Pubmedid: 33926264.
Hathaway CA, Siegel EM, Chung CH, Pabbathi S, Vidrine J, Vadaparampil S, Tworoger SS. Utilizing a large-scale biobanking registry to assess patient priorities and preferences for cancer research and education. PLoS One. 2021 Feb.16(2):e0246686. Pubmedid: 33544776. Pmcid: PMC7864448.
Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lubrano B, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Marshall VK, Rigg KK, Henderson H, Pabbathi S, Sherry P, Rajasekhara S. Understanding Cancer Survivors' Educational Needs About Prescription Opioid Medications: Implications for Cancer Education and Health Literacy. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Apr.36(2):215-224. Pubmedid: 33428119.
Renduchintala K, Pabbathi S, Nanjappa S, Ramsakal A, Greene J. A Case of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Organizing Pneumonia. Cureus. 2020 Dec.12(12):e12078. Pubmedid: 33489496. Pmcid: PMC7805524.
MacDonald M, Shah S, Swanson J, Song E, Ahsan T, Pabbathi S, Mhaskar R, Mirza AS. Substance Use in Uninsured Cancer Survivors: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study of Free Clinics. Cureus. 2020 Aug.12(8):e10083. Pubmedid: 33005507. Pmcid: PMC7522175.
Hembree TN, Thirlwell S, Reich RR, Pabbathi S, Extermann M, Ramsakal A. Predicting survival in cancer patients with and without 30-day readmission of an unplanned hospitalization using a deficit accumulation approach. Cancer Med. 2019 Nov.8(15):6503-6518. Pubmedid: 31493342. Pmcid: PMC6825978.
Mirza AS, Pabbathi S, Lu Y, Ayoubi N, Ewing A, Jaglal M, Roetzheim R. Comorbidities, risk, and socioeconomic factors of uninsured cancer survivors. Medicine. 2018 Nov.97(47):e13121. Pubmedid: 30461610. Pmcid: PMC6393034.
Srikumar T, Pabbathi S, Fernandez J, Nanjappa S. Aspergillus Terreus Brain Abscess Complicated by Tension Pneumocephalus in a Patient with Angiosarcoma. Am J Case Rep. 2017 Jan.18:33-37. Pubmedid: 28070116. Pmcid: PMC5240880.
Singh V, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S, Greene JN. Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Infection in Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2017 Jan.24(1):66-71. Pubmedid: 28178716.
Nanjappa S, Singh V, Uttamchandani S, Pabbathi S. Thrombotic Microangiopathy in a Patient Treated With Gemcitabine. Cancer Control. 2017 Jan.24(1):54-56. Pubmedid: 28178713.
Reed DR, Oshrine B, Pratt C, Fridgen O, Elstner C, Wilson L, Soliman H, Lee MC, McLeod HL, Shah B, Donovan KA, Pabbathi S, Turney M, Binitie O, Healy C, Nieder M, Shaw PH, Galligan A, Letson GD, Stern M, Quinn GP, Davies S. Sink or Collaborate: How the Immersive Model Has Helped Address Typical Adolescent and Young Adult Barriers at a Single Institution and Kept the Adolescent and Young Adult Program Afloat. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec.6(4):503-511. Pubmedid: 28777007. Pmcid: PMC5725631.
Shah S, Hankenson J, Pabbathi S, Greene J, Nanjappa S. Clostridium tertium in neutropenic patients: case series at a cancer institute. Int J Infect Dis. 2016 Oct.51:44-46. Pubmedid: 27575937.
Shah S, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S, Greene J. Clostridium septicum Case Series: A 5-Year Experience at a Cancer Center. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2016 Mar.24(2):72-75.
Nanjappa S, DeClue C, Gajanan G, Pabbathi S, Toloza E, Greene J. Pneumonectomy Complicated by Bronchopleural Fistula and Empyema: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2016 Mar.24(2):79-82.
Ahmed A, Yacoub AT, Ponnuru A, Pabbathi S, Nanjappa S, Vincent AL, Greene J. Tonsillectomy for this 35-year-old patient?. J Fam Practice. 2016 Jul.65(7):474-476. Pubmedid: 27565100.
Nanjappa S, Shah S, Pabbathi S. Clostridium septicum Gas Gangrene in Colon Cancer: Importance of Early Diagnosis. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2016 Jan.2015:694247. Pubmedid: 26793397. Pmcid: PMC4697071.
Bromberg DJ, Valenzuela M, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S. Hyperuricemia in 2 Patients Receiving Palbociclib for Breast Cancer. Cancer Control. 2016 Jan.23(1):59-60. Pubmedid: 27009458.
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