The Importance of Primary Care: Meet Dr. Aparasu

The best prescription for good health is building a long-term and ongoing relationship with a primary care physician. Studies have shown significant health benefits result when adults see a primary care doctor – such as an internal medicine physician – on an annual basis.

Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. The benefit provided by an internal medicine physician is called continuity of care. The physician gets to know patients, their health goals, manages chronic conditions, and provides referrals to specialists when required.

Anuradha Aparasu, M.D. is on the medical staff of St. Joseph Medical Center and specializes in internal medicine. She has more than 22 years of experience. A graduate of Osmania Medical College, Osmania University, she completed her residency at University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Dr. Aparasu is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She also maintains membership with the American College of Physicians and is certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, which integrates the concept of medicine and compassionate care for the whole person.

Dr. Aparasu is part of the Steward Primary Care network and offices at 1315 St. Joseph Parkway, Suite 806. For an appointment, call 713-756-4780 or schedule online at


About St. Joseph Medical Center 

St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC), in partnership with physician owners and part of Steward Health Care Network, is a full service, general acute care hospital with its main campus in downtown Houston and a second hospital in the Houston Heights. Celebrated as Houston’s first hospital and the only one downtown, SJMC has been providing a wide range of services to greater Houston area residents for more than 130 years. Services include a 24-hour Level III Emergency Center, behavioral medicine, cardiovascular surgery, cancer care, bariatric and general surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, women’s health services and more. St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights offers a 24-hour Level II emergency center, an intensive care unit, outpatient cardiac clinic, diagnostic imaging, inpatient care and a wide range of surgical services. For information about SJMC’s programs and services, visit


About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest private, taxpaying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah. 

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