Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD

Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism  |  
Male  |  
Age 47
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism doctor who practices in Hickory, NC. He is 47 years old and has been practicing for 22 years.

311 9th Avenue Dr NE

Hickory, NC 28601

Contact Information

(828) 322-7338

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
very high
more than 97% of peers
Vitamin D Deficiency
very high
more than 97% of peers
Adrenal Gland Diseases
very high
more than 95% of peers

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Board Certifications

  • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Acromegaly and Gigantism
  • Adrenal Gland Diseases
  • Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • Hashimoto's Disease
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroiditis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency


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  • Diabetes Counseling

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • American University Of The Caribbean / School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Ball Mem Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Ball Mem Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • In University School Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Donepudi has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Donepudi's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donepudi to family and friends
based on 12 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Donepudi's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Hickory, NC |
Dr. Donepudi used to put his patients first, but now he puts his front office staff and office manager first, dismissing his patients from his practice that have issues with his office staff. He does not even care to hear his patients issues with the front office staff. I am beyond disappointed with Dr.D. If all the doctors at Piedmont Endocrinology dismiss patients like him, then they will have to close their practice. What happen to Dr. D. to cause such lack of compassionate for patients?
Charlotte, NC |
Dr. Donepudi used to be a good doctor but he has changed last few years . He seems distracted and short. His office staff has always been difficult to the point of nasty and rude. Dr. Donepudi assistant is some times lazy and rude to the point of yelling at patients when called for assistance.
Dr. Donepudi used to be a great doctor. Over the past few years, something has changed. He now comes across somewhat rude and rushed. He is not willing to listen to the patient to come up with a solution to the problem. The awesome bedside manner he once had, is no longer there. The PA (Michelle Woods) is horrible. She is very rude, and also has no bedside manner. Definitely would not recommend Piedmont Endocrinology.
in Hickory, NC |
Dr. Donepudi probably saved my life by making changes in amounts of insulin before each meal. He suggested wearing a monitor to alarm when my blood sugar is too high or too low. Suggested things I could try to lower my A1C. Also checks my A1C every 3 months. Precious doctor only had me come once a year, & only told me in a written report to try to lower my A1C. Never a suggestion telling me how. Dr. Donepudi has appealed more than one time a decision made by my insurance company.
Hickory, NC |
Worse office staff I've ever encountered. If you are sick and poor, you're at their mercy and they have no problem letting you know that's how it's going to be or you can leave. You must do everything they say or out you go! Don't know if the doctors know or care or instructs the staff to behave this way. But It's demeaning and degrading. Starts with office manager on down. Hope they never find themselves in this position cause what comes around, goes around. Shame on them treating sick so bad
Dr. Donepudi has done a great job with my medical issues diabetes and cholesterol. He talks with you not at you like he is above you like other Doctors, I feel comfortable with his knowledge and concern about his patients and their health. He is more than a Doctor he is also a friend to you.
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Dr. Donepudi accepts 4 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Donepudi has admitting privileges

Catawba Valley Medical Center
810 Fairgrove Church Rd
Hickory, NC 28602
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