Anita Hegde, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Hospital Medicine.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Hegde earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Both roles align with my clinical and academic pursuits to improve the quality of health care for the underserved.

Dr. Hegde serves as the Director of Patient Safety and Quality in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Associate Chief Quality and Safety Officer.

Dr. Hegde's clinical and academic interests include serving underserved populations, improving health care disparities such as access to care and transitions in care, and quality improvement.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Hegde joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

In 2021, Dr. Hegde was named Physician of the Year by Parkland Health & Hospital System.


Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine (2009)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2012), Internal Medicine


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

In vitro methylation of nuclear respiratory factor-2 binding sites suppresses the promoter activity of the human TOMM70 gene.
Blesa JR, Hegde AA, Hernández-Yago J Gene 2008 Dec 427 1-2 58-64
Catch-up growth after hypothyroidism is caused by delayed growth plate senescence.
Marino R, Hegde A, Barnes KM, Schrier L, Emons JA, Nilsson O, Baron J Endocrinology 2008 Apr 149 4 1820-8
Spatial and temporal regulation of GH-IGF-related gene expression in growth plate cartilage.
Parker EA, Hegde A, Buckley M, Barnes KM, Baron J, Nilsson O J. Endocrinol. 2007 Jul 194 1 31-40
Fibroblast growth factor expression in the postnatal growth plate.
Lazarus JE, Hegde A, Andrade AC, Nilsson O, Baron J Bone 2007 Mar 40 3 577-86
Fabrication and biocompatibility of polypyrrole implants suitable for neural prosthetics.
George PM, Lyckman AW, LaVan DA, Hegde A, Leung Y, Avasare R, Testa C, Alexander PM, Langer R, Sur M Biomaterials 2005 Jun 26 17 3511-9

Honors & Awards

  • Physician of the Year
    Parkland Health & Hospital System (2021)
  • Medical Student Teaching Award
    UT Southwestern (2017)
  • Patient Safety Champion
    Parkland Health & Hospital System (2016)
  • Elmer Hinton Award
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2011)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society of Hospital Medicine (2020)