Sandhya Venugopal, M.D., MS-HPEd

Sandhya Venugopal, M.D., MS-HPEd



Cardiovascular Medicine

Internal Medicine

Non-invasive Cardiology


Internal Medicine


  • Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
  • Director, Heart Station/ECG Laboratory
  • Co-Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program
  • Professor


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Physician Referrals: 916-916--734-5678

Philosophy of Care

My goal has always been to provide the best standard of care for my patients. I believe that decision-making in health care should be collaboration between the health care team and the patient and family. Communication is key in order to make this collaboration work well.

Clinical Interests

Sandhya Venugopal is a noninvasive cardiologist and specialist in the use of frontline assessments — the stress test, electrocardiograms and echocardiography — to determine cardiac health.

She is passionate about educating students, residents and fellows in all medical fields about the importance of heart disease prevention and knowing when a cardiac specialist should be added to a patient’s health-care team.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Venugopal's unique skills and passion lie in imparting optimal medical education to the adult learner. She endeavors to constantly search and continually strive to reshape the role of the clinician educator.

She is a talented lecturer, leader, and respected member of the UC Davis School of Medicine; dedicated to the interrelatedness of teaching, student learning and development, research and scholarship, and applied clinical skills.

For his full details on Dr. Venugopal's leadership role and activities, please visit her executive leadership bio page


Cardiovascular Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services


M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington KY 1995

Internship: Internal Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR 1999-2000

Internship: M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR 1999


Internal Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR 2000-2002


General Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR 2002-2003

Cardiovascular Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL 2003-2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Echocardiography,

American Board of Internal Medicine,

American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine,

Professional Memberships

American College of Cardiology

American College of Cardiology - California Chapter

American Heart Association

American Society of Echocardiography

Honors and Awards

Hedwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2018

Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Education, 2015

Master of Science: Health Professions Education, MGH/Harvard University, 2014

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, 2014

Master Clinician Educator, University of California, Davis, 2012

Dean's Excellence Team Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2013

AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, 2009

Fellowship, American College of Cardiology, 2008

Select Recent Publications

Roger A. Edwards, Sandhya Venugopal, Deborah Navedo & Subha Ramani (2017): Addressing needs of diverse stakeholders: Twelve tips for leaders of health professions education programs, Medical Teacher.

Moneer Eddin MD, Sandhya Venugopal MD, Brittany Chatterton MD, Angela Thinda MD, Ezra A Amsterdam MD.  Longterm Prognosis of Low Risk Women Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain. Am J Med April 2017

Ezra A. Amsterdam, Sandhya Venugopal. Utility of simplicity for low risk chest pain patients (editorial). Eur Heart Journal Acute Cardiovascular Care April 21, 2017

Stauber BD, Venugopal S, Amsterdam EA. Treading Lightly:ST elevation in Exercise Electrocardiography Am J Med January 2017 Volume 130, Issue 1, Pages 34–36

Ali Alkhulaif, Ian Julie, Joseph Barton, Erin Nagle, Aubrey Yao, Samuel Clarke, Sandhya Venugopal, William Hammontree, Jose Ramirez, Karrin Dunbar, Christain Sebat Maria do Carmo Barros de Melo, Aaron Bair. In Situ Simulation: advantages, challenges and obstacles. Latin Am J Telehealth, 2016; 3 (2): 133-140

Ezra A. Amsterdam, MD, Sandhya Venugopal, MD, Jonathan Bui, MD, Balasingam Thevakumar, MBBS, Angela Thinda, MD, Sabrina Virk, MD, William J. Bommer, MD,Aman Khullar, MD, Gagan Singh, MD. Management of Hypertension: JNC 8 and beyond. Cardiovascular Innovations and Beyond.  Vol. 1 No. 4 (2016) 409–416I SSN 2009-8618 DOI 10.15212/CVIA.2016.0030

Evelyn B. Ling, MD, Taylor L. Stayton, MD, Benjamin R. Stripe, MD, Uma Srivatsa MD, Ezra Amsterdam MD, Sandhya Venugopal, MD. Too Fast for Comfort: Tachycardia in Postablation Wolff-Parkinson-White, Am J Med Vol 129, No 11, November 2016, pages e269-e272. 2016.05.026

Doung T, Malik L, Venugopal, S, Amsterdam EA. Fulminant Not Fatal.  Am J Med 2016 July Volume 129, Issue 7, Pages e47–e49 

Stauber SM, Teleten A, Li Z, Venugopal S, Amsterdam EA. Prognosis of Low-Risk Young Women Presenting to the Emergency Department With Chest Pain. Am J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 1;117(1):36-9.

Sab S, Dhruva SS, Paulsen J, Sidhu RS, Amsterdam EA, Venugopal S. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Am J Med. 2015 Dec;128(12):e7-9.