Venkatakrishna Tholakanahalli, MBBS

Academic Title

Associate Professor of Medicine

Education

Medical School: Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Fargo, North Dakota
Fellowship: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Clinical Title(s)
  • Staff Cardiologist
  • Staff Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Other Titles and Corresponding Organizational Units

Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory

Biography Summary

Dr. Tholankanahalli attended Bangalore Medical College at Bangalore University in India and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Fargo, ND. He completed Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowships at the University of Minnesota. He held academic appointments at Maruti College of Dental Sciences in Bangalore, India and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Fargo before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Tholakanahalli is a Staff Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. He also serves at the Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory there.

Awards and Recognition Received

  • Steve Jobs' Award from Cardiology Fellows at the University of Minnesota (2014)
  • Nominated for Clinical Excellence Award among all Physicians at VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
  • Recognized and honored for outstanding service in Clinical Medicine and the subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease and research by PRAPANCHA, a not-for-profit organization, Bangalore India (2011)
  • Nominated for Clinical Excellence Award among all physicians at VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (2007)
  • Laennec Young Clinician Award - Finalist, American Heart Association, Anaheim, CA (2001)
  • Professional Recognition Award, Advanced Health Media / Bristol Meyer-Squibb at American Heart Association Meeting (2001)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Network Director's Team Award for Excellence (1997)
  • First Class as aggregate in MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) - MD equivalent in USA (1992)
  • First class in Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, ENT, Ophthalmology examinations (1992)
  • Distinction in Medical Microbiology (1989)
  • Top one percent on Entrance test for Medical College Admission (1986)
  • Pre-University Board, Scored 42nd in the entire Karnataka state among 200,000 students (1996)
  • SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination), Scored 100th in the entire Karnataka among 300,000 students. (99th percentile), Merit Scholarships Awarded (1984)
  • Prestigious Government of India National Merit Scholarship for outstanding performance from high school through entire medical education (1984-1990)