Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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photo Vikrant Rachakonda, MD


Phone: 412-672-5766

Office: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
UPMC McKeesport Hospital 1320 5th Ave
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: 412-672-5766
Fax: 412-672-8113
Administrative Assistant:
John Resnik
Address: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
UPMC McKeesport Hospital 1320 5th Ave
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: 412-672-5766
Fax: 412-672-8113
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2002
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Residency in Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2010
Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 2013
NIH T32 Research Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 2013
NIH T32 Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014
Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015
Research Interest
An Assistant Professor, Dr. Rachakonda's research is focused on malnutrition and dysregulation of lipid metabolism in chronic liver disease and the role of muscarinic receptors in the regulation of acute and chronic liver injury.
Clinical Interest
My primary focus is in liver disease including: decompensated cirrhosis, liver transplantation, malnutrition in end-stage liver disease, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis, portal hypertension including non-cirrhotic portal hypertension, and hepatocellular carcinoma.

I also provide general gastroenterology care at UPMC McKeesport with the majority of my time there devoted to functional abdominal disorders, peptic ulcer disease, GERD, acute pancreatitis, colon cancer screening and chronic pancreatitis.
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Selected Publications:
Rachakonda VP, Reeves VL, Aljammal J, Wills RC, Trybula JS, DeLany JP, Kienesberger PC, Kershaw EE. Serum autotaxin is independently associated with hepatic steatosis in severely obese women. Obesity. 2015; 23: 965-72.
Rachakonda VP, Jadeja RN, Urrunaga NH, Ahmad D, Cheng K, Twaddell W, Raufman JP, Khurana S. M1 Muscarinic Receptor Deficiency Attenuates Azoxymethane-Induced Chronic Liver Injury in Mice. Sci Rep. 2015; accepted for publication.
Urrunaga NH, Rachakonda VP, Magder LS, Mindikoglu AL. Outcomes of living versus deceased donor liver transplantation for acute liver failure in the United States. Transplant Proc. 2014; 46(1): 219-24.
Rachakonda VP, Gabbert C, Raina A, Li H, Malik S, DeLany JP, Behari J. Stratification of risk of death in severe acute alcoholic hepatitis using a panel of adipokines and cytokines. Alcoholism: Exp Clin Res. 2014; 38(11): 38(11):2712-21.
Dudekula, A., Rachakonda, V. (Co-first author), Shaik, B., Behari, J. Low rates of weight loss in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: the role of physician counseling. PLOS One. 2014; 9(11): e111808.
Rachakonda VP, Gabbert C, Raina A, Bell LN, Cooper S, Malik S, Behari J. Serum metabolomics profiling in acute alcoholic hepatitis identifies multiple dysregulated pathways. PLOS One. 2014; 9(12): e113860.
Urrunaga NH, Jadeja RN, Rachakonda V, Ahmad D, Cheng K, Shah V, et al. M1 muscarinic receptors modify oxidative stress response to acetaminophen-induced acute liver injury. Free Radic Biol Med. 2014; 78C: 66-81.
Khurana S, Jadeja R, Twaddell W, Cheng K, Rachakonda V, Saxena N, Raufman JP. Effects of modulating M3 muscarinic receptor activity on azoxymethane-induced liver injury in mice. Biochemical Pharmacology. 2013; 86(2): 329-38.
Notable Achievements
Board Certified in Transplant Hepatology, 2016