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Internal Medicine

Language(s) Spoken

English; Hindi; Marathi

Joined Kelsey-Seybold

January 2021

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Professional Background

Dr. Pratibha Kulkarni is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry, India, in 1977 followed by her Diploma and residency in Orthopedic Surgery in 1981. She received her Master of Public Health in 1988 at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she also completed her residency in 1992. She completed the Master Teachers Fellowship program in 2001 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Kulkarni has held numerous academic and professional appointments, including assistant orthopedic surgeon at the Sancheti Institute for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Pune, India, from 1982 to1986, assistant professor, Department of Medical Specialties at M.D. Anderson from 1992 to 1994, and assistant professor, Department of Community Medicine, at Baylor College of Medicine from 1994 to 2005.

Dr. Kulkarni was in private practice from November 2005 to December 2020. She joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 2021.

Professional Associations

Dr. Kulkarni is a member of the American Medical Association, the Harris County Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians.

Hobbies and Interests

When time permits, Dr. Kulkarni enjoys music, gardening, and reading.

Fun Facts

Dr. Kulkarni enjoys visiting her granddaughter and watching her grow and learn. She also has an interest in history and enjoyed a family trip to Egypt several years ago.

​I believe in putting my patients first and prioritizing their wellbeing. I feel that the best health results can be achieved when the patient and physician work together as a team.

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Awards & Recognitions


Published Articles

  • Kulkarni, P.R., Vernon, S.W., Jackson, G.L., Lairson, D., Davis, B.R. Stage of Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: Comparison in a Fee-for-Service and Health Maintenance Organization Practice. Med Care Vol. 27, No. 6, 1989

  • Jackson, G.L., Pathak, S., Jones, L.A., Vogel, V., Kemp, K., Ota, D.M., Kulkarni, P.R., Vernon, S., Conoley, P., Mopwood, V. Breast Cancer Screening - Individualized Risk Assessment and Application of New Research Technology: Non-Protein Bound Estradiol and Chromosome Analysis. Advances in Cancer Control-Innovations and Research. Alan R. Liss Inc. 271-8, 1989.

  • Kulkarni, Pratibha. Relationship Between Glucose Metabolism and Pancreatic Cancer. Letter. JAMA. Vol.284, No.12, September 2000.