About Dr Suja Padmanabhan


Dr Suja Padmanabhan is a Specialist Endocrinologist located in Western Sydney (Parramatta and Westmead). She is experienced in the treatment of all endocrine conditions including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, insulin pump, weight management, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, parathyroid, calcium, pituitary and adrenal disorders. Dr Padmanabhan has a special interest in the treatment of diabetes, endocrine disorders in pregnancy, women’s health including menopause and PCOS. She is highly regarded by her peers and well liked by her patients for her warm and caring nature. She is passionate about providing a comprehensive, holistic approach based on the latest research to achieve the best outcome for her patients.


Education and Research:

Dr Suja Padmanabhan graduated from the University of New South Wales with Honours in 2004 and subsequently completed a Masters of Public health. She underwent Physicians and Endocrine training at Prince of Wales and Westmead Hospital where she gained her fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She holds an academic title with the University of Sydney as Senior Clinical Lecturer in the area of Endocrinology and maintains an active role in diabetes research, publishing nationally and internationally. She has completed a PhD in the area of Diabetes and Pregnancy with the University of Sydney and received the prestigious postgraduate NHMRC scholarship, the Sydney Medical School Foundation Scholarship and the Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society investigator award for her work. 



In addition to her private rooms in Parramatta, Dr Padmanabhan is a Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at Westmead hospital running public outpatient clinics in Diabetes in Pregnancy and the Integrated Diabetes Care Service. She is a Visiting Medical Officer at Westmead Private Hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney.

Awards and Academic Titles

Senior Clinical Lecturer

University of Sydney

Australian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society Investigator Award 2016


National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship 2014-16


Sydney University Medical School Foundation Scholarship 2013


Bachelor of Medicine (Med Science) Bachelor of Surgery (With Honours) University of New South Wales 

Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

James Cook University

Fellow- Royal Australian College of Physicians

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)

University of Sydney


  • Zen M, Padmanabhan S, Cheung NW, Kirby A, Jesudason S, Alahakoon TI, Lee VW. Microalbuminuria as an early predictor of preeclampsia in the pre-gestational diabetic population: A prospective cohort study. Pregnancy Hypertens. 2019 Jan;15:182-188.

  • Sung J, Padmanabhan S, Gurung S, Inglis S, Begg L, Cheung NW, Girgis CM. SGLT2 inhibitors and amputation risk: Real-world data from a diabetes foot wound clinic. J Clin Transl Endocrinol 2018; 13: 46-47


  • Wang M, Padmanabhan S, Atahyde N, Cheung NW. Causes of stillbirths in diabetic and gestational diabetes pregnancies at a NSW tertiary referral hospital. Aust N Z Obstet Gynaecol. Jan 2019

  • Padmanabhan S, Lee VW, McLean M, Athayde N, Lanzarone V, Khoshnow Q, Peek MJ, Cheung NW. The Association of falling insulin requirements with maternal biomarkers and placental dysfunction. A prospective study of women with pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy. Diabetes Care 2017, Oct; 40(10)1323-1330


  • Padmanabhan S, Jiang S, Mclean M, Cheung NW. Effect of pregnancy on insulin requirements differs between type 1 and type 2 diabetes: A cohort study of 222 pregnancies. Aust N Z Obstet Gynaecol. 2016;56(4):352-7


  • Padmanabhan S, Zen M, Lee V, Cheung NW. Pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy. Minerva Endocrinologica, 2016;41(1):122-37


  • Jayaballa M, Sood S, Alahakoon I, Padmanabhan S, Cheung NW, Lee V. Microalbuminuria is a predictor of adverse pregnancy outcomes including preeclampsia. Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health. 2015


  • Cheung NW, Lih A, Lau SM, Park K, Padmanabhan S, McElduff A. Gestational Diabetes: A Red Flag for Future Type 2 Diabetes in Pregnancy? A Retrospective Analysis. Diabetic Medicine. 2015;32(9):1167-71


  • Padmanabhan S, McLean M, Cheung NW. Falling Insulin Requirements in Late Pregnancy are Associated with Adverse Obstetric Outcomes. Diabetes Care 2014,(37):2685-2692


  • Padmanabhan S, Wagstaff A, Tung V, Chan YF, Bartlett A, Lau SM. Increase in Body Mass Index during Pregnancy and Risk of Gestational Diabetes. Diab Res Clin Prac 2014, (106:3)e79-e82


  • Padmanabhan S, Zagami AS, Poynten AM. Hemichorea-Hemiballismus due to Non Ketotic Hyperglycaemia. Diabetes Care April 2013 vol. 36 no. 4 e55-e56


  • Padmanabhan S, Wagstaff A, Tung V, Lau SM. Effects of interventions in pregnancy on maternal weight and obstetric outcomes: meta-analysis of randomised evidence (Letter). BMJ, Sept 2012.