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Alaka Nagaraj, MD

Hospital Medicine
I value being compassionate and communicative in caring for my patients.

Approach To Care

Dr. Alaka Nagaraj believes that the key to having a successful and productive relationship with her patients is communication. She spends time with them and their families and strives to better understand their health and recovery goals. She sees this relationship as a partnership and values giving her medical expertise, yet, not forcing her decisions on the individuals under her care. Dr. Nagaraj encourages that patients and/or their families ask questions and actively participate in the medical decision-making process so that they feel well informed, comfortable, and confident in the care they are receiving.

Dr. Nagaraj strives to be supportive every step of the way of a person’s hospitalization, which can be a very emotional and difficult time for most people. She believes that patients and their families who are well supported, happy and confident during their hospital stay do better and heal faster.



  • Medical School – VIMS Medical College, Bellary, India


  • Internal Medicine Residency – Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Board Certifications 

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)


Dr. Nagaraj was born in India and lived in California for five years as a young child before going back to her family in India where she completed the rest of her education including Medical School. She returned to the US in 1998 and initially lived in Chicago, IL where she completed her Residency training.

Dr. Nagaraj moved to Minnesota in 2006. She has enjoyed living in MN and feels the people here are genuinely caring, and helpful and have a strong sense of family. These are values that she identifies with and tries to encourage in her children as well.

She has three children and in her free time, enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, cooking, listening to music, planning vacations and traveling.

Accepted Insurance

All North Memorial Health providers accept the following insurance carriers. Because health insurance plan payments vary and benefit levels are unique to each plan, you may confirm out of pocket cost with your insurance carrier by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Preferred One
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthcare