Dr. Sriram Padmanabhan, MD, is the Chief of Cardiology at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. He specializes in treating adult cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and adult congenital heart disease, as well as conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Specializing in non-invasive treatment, Dr. Padmanabhan performs diagnostic procedures such as stress tests, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT, echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, and cardioversion, among others.
Quality patient care is Dr. Padmanabhan’s main clinical interest, in addition to cardiac imaging and cardiac oncology. His hope is to see his patients do well in life by looking not just at their medical problems, but at other issues that may also be affecting their health.
Dr. Padmanabhan received his medical degree from Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, and completed an internship program at Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi, India. Then, he worked as a nuclear medicine specialist at B. M. Birla Heart Research Institute in Calcutta, India. Coming to the US, he first completed a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of California, San Diego. Thereafter, he spent time conducting research on functional MRI. He completed his internship in Detroit, MI, at Henry Ford Hospital, where he switched from radiology to the internal medicine specialty. Dr. Padmanabhan completed his residency in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and went on to become a general cardiology fellow at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in cardiac imaging at the National Institutes of Health.
Awards won by Dr. Padmanabhan include a President’s Gold Medal for Best Outgoing Medical Student, as well as an award at Franklin Square Medical Center as the Best Attending Physician of the Year.
Dr. Padmanabhan speaks English, Tamil, Hindi, and Bengali, and is learning Spanish.
Philosophy of Care
“As I age, I feel that treating just the medical part of the patient doesn’t seem to be completely satisfying. It is more satisfying to treat the whole person. I try to see the whole picture: mental, spiritual, physical. Treatment is not just about prescribing medicines or performing tests. It’s about having a more holistic approach to wellness. However, for that, the patient and the physician have to have a good partnership.
“I tell my patients that I’m only here for advice, I cannot do it for them. I try to help my patients to find that motivation, to help them understand their treatment options better, and to stick to the plan we've come up with together.”