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924 Westwood Blvd., Suite 420, Room P

Karthik V. Sarma


Karthik is an MD-PhD student at the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, currently pursuing his PhD in the UCLA Medical Imaging Informatics group.

Karthik’s research focuses on the development of novel artificial intelligence techniques for medical applications. His thesis work seeks to assist radiologists and pathologists focusing on diagnosis, staging and treatment of prostate cancer by adapting modern computer vision approaches to the development of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDS). He is the recipient of an F30 fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and several other awards and grants. In addition to his work in prostate CDS, Karthik’s work also includes the evaluation of social media as a predictive tool for health status, the use of artificial intelligence for stroke prognosis estimation, and the development of patient portals for effectively sharing understandable medical information.

Karthik also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, having been elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2017. Prior to joining the AMA-BOT, he was a member of the AMA House of Delegates for four years as part of the California delegation and served on the AMA Council on Medical Service. He also led the effort to create the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Health Information Technology and served as its first chair. Currently he is the vice chair of the California Medical Association (CMA) Subcommittee on Health Information Technology, having previously served on the CMA Board of Trustees in 2014.

A native of Chicago, Karthik is an alumnus of the California Institute of Technology, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Science with honors in computer science.