Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Mental Health

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Administrative Appointments

  • Outpatient Clinic Operations Chief, Adult Outpatient Clinics, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2016 - Present)
  • Physician Improvement Leader, Adult Division, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2017 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2006) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at Irvine School of Medicine (2002) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2009)
  • Residency, Stanford University, Psychiatry (2006)
  • M.D., Univ. of California, Irvine, Medicine (2002)
  • M.B.A., Univ. of California, Irvine, Business Administration (2000)
  • B.A., Univ. of California, Berkeley, Molecular Biology (1996)

All Publications

  • Ethical and Clinical Issues in Integrated Care Settings: Patient Privacy Concerns and Electronic Health Records FOCUS Vemuri, M., Dunn, L. 2017; 15 (3)
  • Gender-specific lipid profiles in patients with bipolar disorder JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH Vemuri, M., Kenna, H. A., Wang, P. W., Ketter, T. A., Rasgon, N. L. 2011; 45 (8): 1036-1041


    High rates of dyslipidemia and insulin resistance (IR) are reported in patients with bipolar disorder (BD). We assessed gender effects upon rates of dyslipidemia/IR in outpatients with BD.Data from 491 outpatients (ages 18-88) seen in the Stanford Bipolar Disorders clinic between 2000 and 2007 were evaluated. Patients were followed longitudinally and received naturalistic treatment. BD patients (n = 234; 61% female; 42% Type I, 47% Type II, 11% NOS) with a mean age of 40.3 ± 14.0 years, mean BMI 26.8 ± 6.4, and 81% Caucasian, who had one of four lipid measures (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, TG) at clinicians' discretion, a psychiatry clinic visit within 2 months of laboratory, and were not medicated for dyslipidemia were included. IR was imputed from TG/HDL ratio.Women, compared with men, had significantly lower mean triglycerides (105.58 ± 64.12 vs. 137.99 ± 105.14, p = 0.009), higher mean HDL cholesterol (60.17 ± 17.56 vs. 46.07 ± 11.91 mg/dl, p < 0.001), lower mean LDL cholesterol (109.84 ± 33.47 vs. 123.79 ± 35.96 mg/dl, p = 0.004), and lower TG/HDL ratio (1.98 ± 1.73 vs. 3.59 ± 3.14 p < 0.001). Compared to men, women had a significantly lower prevalence of abnormal total cholesterol, LDL, TG, HDL, and TG/HDL ratio. No significant differences were found between men and women with regard to age, BMI, ethnicity, educational attainment, smoking habits, bipolar illness type, illness severity or duration, or weight-liable medication exposure.In outpatients with BD, women had more favorable lipid profiles than men despite similar demographic variables. This sample of primarily Caucasian and educated patients, receiving vigilant clinical monitoring, may represent a relatively healthy psychiatric population demonstrating gender differences similar to those in the general population.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.02.002

    View details for Web of Science ID 000293938900006

    View details for PubMedID 21377167

  • Update on Estrogen and Progesterone as Treatment for Mood Disorders in Women Vemuri, M., Williams, K. E. Psychiatric Times. 2011
  • Metabolic dysfunction in women with bipolar disorder: the potential influence of family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus BIPOLAR DISORDERS Rasgon, N. L., Kenna, H. A., Reynolds-May, M. F., Stemmle, P. G., Vemuri, M., Marsh, W., Wang, P., Ketter, T. A. 2010; 12 (5): 504-513


    Overweight/obesity, insulin resistance (IR), and other types of metabolic dysfunction are common in patients with bipolar disorder (BD); however, the pathophysiological underpinnings of metabolic dysfunction in BD are not fully understood. Family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (FamHxDM2), which has been shown to have deleterious effects on metabolic function in the general population, may play a role in the metabolic dysfunction observed in BD.Using multivariate analysis of variance, the effects of BD illness and/or FamHxDM2 were examined relative to metabolic biomarkers in 103 women with BD and 36 healthy, age-matched control women.As a group, women with BD had higher levels of fasting plasma insulin (FPI) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG), higher homeostatic assessment of IR (HOMA-IR) scores, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), and hip circumference (HC) compared to control women. FamHxDM2 was associated with significantly worse metabolic biomarkers among women with BD but not among healthy control women. Among women with BD, there was a significant main effect of FamHxDM2 on FPI, HOMA-IR, BMI, WC, and HC, even after controlling for type of BD illness, duration of medication exposure, and depression severity. Metabolic biomarkers were not influenced by use of weight-liable psychotropic medication (WLM), even after controlling for type of BD illness, duration of medication exposure, and depression severity.Women with BD have overall worse metabolic biomarkers than age-matched control women. The use of WLM, duration of medication use, type of BD illness, and depression severity did not appear to be associated with more pronounced metabolic dysfunction. FamHxDM2 may represent a risk factor for the development of IR in women with BD. Further, focused studies of the endocrine profiles of families of BD patients are needed.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1399-5618.2010.00839.x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000280987800005

    View details for PubMedID 20712751

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  • A case of olanzapine-induced gestational diabetes mellitus in the absence of weight gain JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY Vemuri, M. P., Rasgon, N. L. 2007; 68 (12): 1989-1989

    View details for Web of Science ID 000252045900026

    View details for PubMedID 18162037

  • Historical and Current Conceptualizations of Eating Disorders: A Developmental Perspective Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents Vemuri M, Steiner H 2007: 3-11
  • Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorder in Women of Reproductive Age Vemuri, M., Rasgon, N. L. Continuing Medical Education LLC. 2007
  • Bipolar Disorders in Women Depression: Mind and Body Marsh W, Vemuri M 2007; 3 (1): 2-11
  • Treating Bipolar Disorder in Women During Their Childbearing Years Psychiatric Times Vemuri M, Rasgon N