NCIAP Providers

Dr. Parminder Khara, MD

Medical Director

IMG_4808Dr. Khara graduated with her MD from AM Dogliotti College of Medicine, Monrovia, Liberia in 1994. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL from 1995-1998. She was chosen to serve as chief resident at the VA Medical Center in Danville, IL from 1998-1999 because of her superb clinical skills and work ethic. Since then she has had extensive work experience in private
practice, urgent care and the emergency room. She also served as the emergency department medical director of Doctors Hospital, Springfield IL between 2000-2002.

She believes in giving back to the community and has now joined NCIAP as it’s medical director. She exudes compassion for her patients and is passionate about disease prevention and management of chronic diseases to improve one’s quality of health.

She has always strived to balance her personal life and work and has raised 4 beautiful children and supported her husband who is an orthodontist in the Triangle area. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, pilates and camping. She volunteers with the boys scouts and other activities in the area.

Yashpal Kataria, MD


Dr. Yash Kataria is one of the most accomplished physicians in the United States of America. He has been included in “The Best Doctors of America” several times.
Born and brought up in India, he was trained in medicine in India, UK and USA. He has been serving as Department Chair of Pulmonary Medicine in The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the last 18 years. He has published numerous scientific publications in his field and to recognize his contribution to science the “Department of Internal Medicine Research Day” was renamed as “Annual Yash P. Kataria Internal Medicine Research Day” in his honor.
Dr. Kataria not only sits on the board for NCIAP, he also provides voluntary care for patients. He is a generous donor and has created a fund to support the underserved patients in the loving memory of his wife.
He lives in Raleigh and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren in Washington DC.

Sangeeta Sawhney, MD


Sangeeta Sawhney, MD is Executive Medical Director at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and previously was Head of Medical Affairs at Pharmaceutical Product Development, a Clinical Research organization in RTP, NC. Dr. Sawhney is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds an active North Carolina license. Before transitioning to pharmaceutical medicine, she practiced clinical practice in NC including outpatient, nursing home and Hospitalist services at Cary WakeMed Hospital. Dr. Sawhney has provided volunteer physician services at NCIAP since it’s inception in 2011. She continues to volunteer as a Mentor for Medical students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and other Health Fairs organized in the Triangle area. Dr. Sawhney graduated from the University of Miami Medical School with Honors and completed her residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and University of Miami.

Dr. Sawhney’s areas of expertise include endocrine-metabolic diseases including diabetes management, cardiac disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and management of dementia.Dr. Sawhney is married to Gurjit Sawhney, an IT professional and they live in Chapel Hill, NC with their two children, Sumit and Rabina. Dr. Sawhney enjoys traveling, music, and reading .

Sudha Rathi, MLS(ASCP)

Practice Administrator

NCIAP-7Licensed as MLS (ASCP), MT (AMT), CLS (NCA), CLT (HHS) Sudha Rathie works as a laboratory Director for Piedmont Health services, a multiple community health center for the last 34 years. Connecting with like-minded colleagues, exploring new opportunities, and sharing best practices in her professional field are some of the guiding principles for Sudha Rathie. She has created workbooks, lectured on growth strategies, offered management and marketing sessions designed to meet the small business owners needs and for enhancement of the laboratory services. Knowing that a great Impact can be made on others lives through simple actions makes the work of volunteering worthwhile. Along with many professional organizations, she continues to serve and volunteer for triangle organizations, Hindu Society of North Carolina, Pratham, Hindu Vikas Mandal & HIANC. She is a regular donor for helping the needy. She believes that giving back to the community provides a rewarding sense of pride. As she puts it, “Community service is important to me because I think that it is an honor to help others and make them smile. I believe it is our responsibility to provide services for the enhancement of this country as well as of India, be it education or growth of the community. The world would be a better place if more people helped people in need.” She further adds:”My vision and mission can be described in two words: Education and Healthcare. As I work for health industry and believe in assisting in providing basic education world-wide, in India to start with!”

Vandana Devlapalli, MD

Volunteer Provider

NCIAP-4 Vandana P. Devalapalli M.D was born and raised in India. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College at Osmania University in 1982 and completed her Internship at Gandhi Hospital in 1983. She migrated to the US and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in 1992. Later she moved to Raleigh, NC to join her husband. She began her Medical career in Dunn, NC where she practiced for one year. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1994 and remained there until they closed the North Carolina facility. Dr. Davalapalli went into private practice before joining WakeMed Faculty Physicians, then Duke Primary Care, Harps Mill, where she served as the Medical Director. Later she served as Medical Director of Rex Primary Care in Cary, NC.

Currently, Dr. Davalapalli is working as Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield, NC. She earned her Fellowship from American College of Physicians in 2006 and her Masters in Clinical Leadership from Duke University in 2005. She was a recipient of the Circle of Quality Award at WakeMed in 2006. She has been recognized for Excellence in Diabetes care and Heart/Stroke by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has a passion for working with people and enjoys volunteering her services to the community. For the past several years she has organized the Health Fair, initially at Sri Venkateshwara Temple, and later with all the temples and Triangle Indian-American Physicians. She has played a vital role in many other events and programs throughout her community, currently doing her leadership program with North Carolina Medical Society.

Lalita Sidana, MD, MPH

Volunteer Provider

NCIAP-17Dr. Sidana obtained her medical degree from S P Medical College, Bikaner, India. She moved to the US in 1999, and obtained a Masters degree in the Health Care Management from Harvard University (School of Public Health). She completed her Internal Medicine residency from North Shore Medical Center, Salem, Massachusetts. She is one of the providers of a unique and growing practice, Doctors Making Housecalls (

She lives in the triangle area with her husband and two children, and enjoys gardening, reading, and travel. She is fluent in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Rajasthani.

Janaki Ram Setty, MD

Volunteer Provider

dr-janaki-ram-setty-vpDr. Janaki Ram Setty, MD was awarded with medical degree in 1962 by University of Mysore, India. He has been in the practice as an Internist for 50 years. Dr. Setty is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Shetty holds North Carolina Medical Society membership since 2001 and American Medical Society membership since 1983.He is affiliated with MDSI Disability Physicals for the State of North Carolina and with Physician Solutions Inc. as locum physician. He has been with Peoples Medical Clinic as a volunteer provider since 2015.

Dr. Setty loves to travel, learn about different cultures, yoga classes and fitness.

Sangeeta Varanasi, MD

Volunteer Provider

dr-sangeeta-varanasi-vpDr. Sangeeta Varanasi, MD completed her graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1998 and was awarded with degree by the medical institute University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She currently holds over 18 year of diverse experience. She works in Cary, NC and specializes in Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Sangeeta Varanasi had been awarded by local authorities in the state NC. Currently Dr. Varanasi is working in First Health of The Carolinas Inc Hospital.

“The most rewarding part of my job is watching patients turn their whole life around to improve their health. I am inspired by the way my patients and their family deal with serious medical and social problems.”

Vineeta Jindal, NP



Bal K. Agarwal, MD, FACP, FACC

Dr. Agarwal received his MBBS and MD degree from S M S Medical College in Jaipur, India in 1963. He received his internal medicine and cardiology training in New Jersey and New York from 1970 to 1974. Dr. Agarwal opened a Private Practice as a Staff Physician at the Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland from 1974-2005. In 2005, Up until 2011, he served as the Cardiac Cath Lab V A Medical Center’s director in Asheville, North Carolina. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Agarwal worked as an interventional cardiologist at the Nellis Air Force Medical Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Agarwal continued his work as a staff doctor at San Mateo Medical Center in San Mateo, California. Dr. Agarwal volunteers once a week at Peoples Medical Care in Apex, North Carolina. He relocated to Creekside at Beth Page and has been there since 2017.

Noemi Garza, MSN, NP-C

Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, UNC Chapel Hill in 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2010 and AANP Board Certified in 2019. She has a special interests in preventative healthcare and patient education. She has dreamed about being a nurse since she was about 5 years old. Being Nurse Practitioner, enables her to helps others in the community and help patients meet their health goals while living a fulfilling life. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and crafts.


Pamela Harris, NP

She is a Primary Care Provider.



In-house Specialists


Yash P. Kataria, MD DTCD Hons(Wales); DT M&H (LIV);MRCP (EDIN); FCP, FACP: Professor of Medicine Emeritus


Sejan Patel, MD

Other Specialties: On referral basis.