Vijaya L. Appareddy, M.D.
Dr. Vijaya L.
Appareddy has been appointed by President George Bush to the
President's Committee on Mental Retardation (PCMR), a nineteen
member advisory commission. She is the first Indian American
woman to be appointed to a presidential commission in the history
of the United States. Dr. Appareddy was born in India and has been living in the United
States since 1983. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Appareddy has
been practicing medicine in Chattanooga, TN.
After completing her college
degree from St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, India, Dr.
Appareddy attended Osmania University Medical School, Hyderabad
from which she graduated with high honors and several awards
(four gold medals). She also had obstetrics and gynecology
training from that university. She obtained a fellowship for
child and adult training from Mount Sinai Medical School, New
York, and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry Training
Program at Elmhurst General Hospital. She was also a Chief
Fellow in the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai
Hospital. She received her Board Certification in General
Psychiatry and also in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Appareddy co-authored two
textbooks, The Siblings of the Psychiatrically Disordered
Child (John Wiley Publisher), and Normal Sleep in Neonates
and Children (W.B. Saunders Company). She was a Clinical
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University Medical
School, Providence, Rhode Island, and also the medical director
of the residential unit of Columbia Valley Hospital, Chattanooga,
Dr. Appareddy has been involved
in numerous professional and community organizations. She is
presently the vice chairman, Board of Trustees of the American
Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI); was the
president of Chattanooga Chapter of American Medical Women’s
Association; member of International Task Force of American
Medical Women’s Association; president-elect, Osmania University
Medical Alumni; founder and secretary of Chattanooga Association
of Physicians from India; board member of HCA Valley Psychiatric
Hospital; secretary/treasurer of Chattanooga Psychiatric Network;
secretary of Medical Staff, Columbia Valley Hospital; regional
director of American Association of Physicians from India; member
of Medico-Legal Committee of Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical
Society; delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association from local
medical society; and co-chairman of Women Physicians Committee of
Dr. Appareddy was inspired by
her father Dr. Balakrishna Reddy to become a doctor. She has been
married for 21 years and her husband, Ramesh, is in computer
business. She has two daughters, Mayuri age 17 and Nina age 9.
Contact address: 6918
Shallowford Road, Suite 200, Chattanooga, TN 37421. E-mail: