Sai D. Challapalli, MD

Sai D. Challapalli, MD

Fellow in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery


  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Reconstruction for facial defects and injury


Undergraduate: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, Medical Scholars Program, 2014

Medical Degree: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, 2018

Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School, 2023


Dr. Challapalli sees patients at:

Leadership Roles & Honors

  • Resident Educator of the Year, 2023
  • Resident of the Year, 2022
  • Houston Society of Otolaryngology Resident Research Competition, 4th place, 2021
  • Distinction in Research from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2017
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society Member, 2014
  • Provost Scholarship Recipient, 2010-2014
  • Saint Louis University Dean’s List, 2010-2014

Select publications

  1. Allen DZ, Challapalli SD, Lee KH, Bell CS, Roy S, Bowe S, Balakrishnan K, Chang CWD, Huang Z. (2022). “Impact of COVID-19 on Nationwide Pediatric Otolaryngology Practice: Adenotonsillectomies (TA) and Tonsil-Related diagnoses Trends.” American Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. PMID: 35717857
  2. Allen DZ, Challapalli SD, McKee S, Roy S, Huang Z. (2021). “Impact of COVID-19 on Nationwide Pediatric Otolaryngology: Otitis Media and Myringotomy Tube Trends.” American Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery. PMID: 35033925
  3. Challapalli SD, McKee SP, Luong AU. (2021). “The Role of Fungus in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis” Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery.
  4. Pannu JS, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Massa ST, Cass LM, Challapalli SD, Rohde RL, Osazuwa-Peters N. (2021). “Survival Outcomes for Head and Neck Patients with Medicaid: A Health Insurance Paradox.” Head and Neck. PMID: 33780066
  5. Pannu JS, Simpson MC, Donovan CL, Adjei Boakye E, Mass K, Challapalli SD, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. (2020). “Sociodemographic Correlates of Head and Neck Cancer Survival Among Patients with Metastatic Disease.” Head and Neck. PMID: 32542851
  6. Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, Chen B, Cai M, Tobo BB, Challapalli SD, Buchanan P, Piccirillo JF. (2020). “Multilevel Associations Between Patient and Hospital Level Factors and In-Hospital Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients with Head and Neck Cancer.” Jama Otolaryngology. PMID: 30225960
  7. Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, Mohammed KA, Challapalli S, Buchanan P, Burroughs TE, Varvares MA. (2020). “Prevalence and Factors Associated with Diagnosed Depression Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients with Metastatic Disease.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. PMID: 31444517
  8. Challapalli SD., Simpson M., Adjei Boakye, E., Walker R.J., Antisdel J.L., Ward G.M., Osazuwa-Peters N. (2019). “Survival Differences in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States: A Retrospective Cohor Study”Clinical Otolaryngology. PMID 29746178
  9. Simpson M, Massa ST, Challapalli SD, Cass LM, Zahirsha ZS, Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N. (2019)“Impact of Gender on the Association Between Marital Status and Head and Neck Cancer Outcome.” Oral Oncology. PMID: 30194774
  10. Massa ST, Cass LM, Challapalli S, Zahirsha Z, Simpson M, Ward G, Osazuwa Peters N. (2019) “Demographic Predictors of Head and Neck Cancer Survival Differ in the Elderly.” Laryngoscope. PMID: 30194774
  11. Rohde RL, Adjei Boakye E, Challapalli SD, Patel SH, Geneus CJ, Tobo BB, Simpson MC, Mohammed KA, Deshields T, Varvares MA, Osazuwa Peters N. (2018). “Prevalence and Sociodemographic Factors Associated with Depression Among Hospitalized Patients with Head and Neck Cancer-Results from a National Study” Psychooncology. PMID: 30225960
  12. Challapalli SD, Pannu J, Simpson M, Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N. (2018). Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Adolescents and Young Adults: Survivorship Patterns and Disparities. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. PMID: 29746178