I was born and raised in Bangalore, India. My parents taught me to be honest and diligent, to give one hundred percent of my ability. My family physician was another great individual, whose patient and caring manner was an inspiration to me.During my internal medicine residency, I completed a course in critical care. After my husband finished a research fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, we decided to relocate to Hawaii because of the wonderful weather and quality of life to be had here. I also wanted to gain experience working with an established health maintenance organization.
Helping people heal by being empathic and supportive has always appealed to me as a way of life, and being a physician allows me to put this into practice. The specialty of internal medicine is intellectually challenging and gives me the opportunity to be directly involved with patients and their families.My professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. I helped raise funds for victims of Hurricane Irene on the East Coast and for orphans and abused women in India. I also volunteered at an HIV clinic in South Africa.My research has addressed patient understanding of discharge practices, published in both the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Hospital Medicine. In the Journal of Tropical Medicine, I published a case report and review of the literature on bacterial infection of the skeletal muscles. Attending annual conferences, teaching residents, and conducting educational activities for physicians in the hospital keeps me informed of the latest developments in medicine. Reading journals such as the American College of Physicians Hospitalist, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic proceedings, and UpToDate also helps me stay current. In addition to English, I speak Hindi, Kannada, and Telugu.I believe prevention is key in reducing hospitalization and readmissions. My preferred model of care is patient-centered and multi-disciplinary. I feel fortunate to be a member of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, which was founded on some of these same principles. Initial encounters are among my favorite patient interactions. I almost always find something that we have in common or learn something interesting. I am also gratified to be of help to patients and their families in end-of-life experiences.
Spiritual practices help me to stay balanced. I meditate, chant, and go on retreats. To help maintain my physical health, I go the gym, walk, hike, sing, and dance.