Kavitha Kalvakuri, MD, FACC
Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Areas of Expertise 3D Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Complications in Cancer Patients, Cardiovascular Health, Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, Pericardial Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Women's Health
Medical Education NTR University of Health Sciences (Andhra Pradesh, India)
Residency Internal Medicine - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (Peoria, IL; 2009-2012)
Fellowship(s) Cardiology - University of Illinois College of Medicine (Peoria, IL; 2014-2017)
Board Certification(s) Cardiovascular Disease - American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology , National Board of Echocardiography
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Dr. Kavitha Kalvakuri grew up in a small, rural community in southern India. She was the first person from her village to go to medical school, and the first from her family to earn a college degree.
Having moved from her home town to Peoria more than a decade ago, Dr. Kalvakuri considers herself a Peorian. “I enjoy working for OSF HealthCare because it continues to invest in the well-being of the community,” she said.
Inspired by her village physician, Dr. Kalvakuri set her sights on becoming a physician at an early age. “Growing up in a small village, visiting a doctor was an all-day process,” she said. “I was impressed at how he addressed many health concerns and provided a variety of treatments to our village. He was always a well-respected man.”
During medical school, she received the Academically Bright Student Award from Guntur Medical College Alumni of North America. During her medical fellowship, she won the national championship in Jeopardy conducted by American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Kalvakuri was drawn to cardiology because of the balance it offers. “I love that cardiology medicine can improve a patient’s life dramatically,” she said. “Cardiology also creates strong interpersonal relationships between a patient and physician.”
Dr. Kalvakuri’s husband is an engineer at Caterpillar. Together, they have two young boys.
In her spare time, Dr. Kalvakuri enjoys listening to music, cooking, decorating and spending time with her family. She also volunteers at her son’s school and enjoys volunteering for a variety of heart month activities at OSF HealthCare.