About Me

The unparalleled joy of medicine and its power to prevent harm and cure diseases has made me realize how much one can contribute towards society. Non Sibi, Sed Omnibus i.e. 'Not For Self; But For All' is the motto of my medical school and it is indeed the most important of all the things that I have learnt. 

The idea of a holistic approach to diseases comes to my mind when it comes to diseases like cancer. As a doctor one must delve into the reality of patients' lives beyond the hospital and work towards a complete state of well being. But we often see a rather narrow minded approach to diseases. Like in many developing countries, healthcare in India is mainly focused on curative health and less attention is given to other important aspects of health like preventive medicine and palliative care. My interests lie in the preventive, therapeutic as well as psychosocial aspects of diseases and public health problems. I am keen on providing care not only at the level of an individual patient but also at an aggregate level.

I graduated as a medical student and finished my MBBS and rotatory internship from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai which is an urban tertiary referral academic public hospital and ranked among the top ten medical schools in India. After graduation, I worked as a resident physician at my alma mater. 

I intend to train further and work as a primary health care provider. Before that, I am currently engaged in epidemiological research of various disorders while pursuing a graduate course in public health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University which is among the top ten public health programs in the US. This course will help me develop the critical thinking and research skills I need to pair clinical experience with specialist-level training in epidemiology and public health.

There are certain areas in healthcare that I wish to focus my research on those issues. My current interest lies in chronic diseases like cancer, cardio-metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders. Chronic diseases prevail in developing as well as developed countries and their  burden is yet to be gauged and appropriate policies for their control yet to be formed. Chronic diseases are gradually becoming a significant burden and affect not only life expectancy but also quality of life and direct/indirect healthcare costs.

My other research interest is patient safety.  Adequate measures to control adverse events are often not taken. There is widespread under-reporting and inadequate surveillance of preventable medical errors that contribute significantly to patients' morbidity and mortality. These include, but are not restricted to, device-related bloodstream infections, medication errors, negligence, adverse drug reactions, diagnostic errors, and other adverse experiences. Patient safety is of utmost importance and this is an aspect of healthcare within our reach so there is an urgent need to develop programs, like spontaneous anonymous adverse event reporting, among others to monitor the burden of preventable harm and then formulate policies to prevent the same. Let us not forget that, Primum Non Nocere, i.e. first do no harm.

Being intelligent does not substitute for hard work and dedication; eight years out of high school and with many accomplishments and failures I have realized the true meaning of my school motto: 'There Is No Excellence Without Labor'.

I enjoy diverse experiences, a deep conversation, and have an unbridled curiosity. I am pursuing digital photography passionately. My idea of enjoying a holiday would be relaxing on my deck, listening to smooth jazz, reading a novel, munching on some good food and gazing at the colors of the setting sun. I love my family and all things rational and positive.

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