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Christopher Komanapalli, MD, FACS, FACC

Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Appointments: 515.875.9090

About Christopher Komanapalli, MD, FACS, FACC

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Christopher Komanapalli, MD has been practicing with The Iowa Clinic since 2012. Dr. Komanapalli is a Central Iowa Cardiovascular Co-Management Board Member, Iowa Methodist Medical Center Surgical Co-Management Member, and Associate Clinical Professor at University of Iowa.

During medical school, a seasoned pediatric surgeon insisted Dr. Komanapalli become a surgeon though at the time he was pursuing primary care. Given the doctor was a world-famous pediatric surgeon, Dr. Komanapalli took his advice and spent time in multiple surgical disciplines. One day after a heart transplant, Dr. Komanapalli held the old heart in his hands. While it was still quivering he remembers saying, “I can never say no to you for the rest of my life,” and so he became a heart surgeon.

For Dr. Komanapalli, there is nothing more rewarding than taking sick patients who are at imminent risk of dying and making them better.

Outside of surgery, Dr. Komanapalli enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and their lovely four children: one in high school, two in elementary, and one at home.


Primary Location

Methodist Medical Center – Plaza II
1215 Pleasant Street , Suite 618
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery


University of Minnesota Medical Center — Fairview


Oregon Health and Sciences University

Medical Degree

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Oregon Health and Sciences University

Undergraduate Degree

University of California, Irvine

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