I was born in Ratnagiri, a small port city in Maharashtra in 1989. Inspired from my physician father and mindful of the urban–rural gap at the grassroot led me to pursue healthcare as my career path.
I completed my Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the prestigious Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital Mumbai, Maharashtra from 2007-2013. This period widened my perspectives to have a cross cultural experience, peer to peer interactions along with exposure to varied patient population and postings in rural parts around Mumbai.
I pursued my postgraduation degree as an internal medicine resident in Government Medical College Aurangabad, Marathwada division of Maharashtra from 2014-2017. The entire experience of dealing with poor patients, creating awareness among the commons and unmet needs of the population, participating in social activities rooted my interest in human nature and neurosciences. I received the best paper award for my thesis on “Diastolic dysfunction in normotensive type 2 diabetes mellitus” in RSSDI national conference 2017.
I worked as a Senior Registrar in Dr R N Cooper Hospital, Juhu, Mumbai from 2017-2018 where I had an opportunity to teach the medical and nursing students. I also participated in patient awareness programs with the local communities.
My neurosciences journey began with selection for super specialty neurology residency in Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, an Institute of National Importance located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. I completed my training from 2019- 2021 and was privileged to work in the comprehensive stroke care center under the able guidance and mentorship of Dr P N Sylaja. The significant impact of an integrated stroke management team on the patient outcome inspired me to undertake stroke related activities along with research projects.
My neurology residency training gave me the opportunity to be a part of various projects related to neuro-immunology, epilepsy and particularly stroke; the work I could present in three national conferences along with a best paper award in study on Semiology of TLE and Post-operative Outcome in Agrim National Neurology Conference in October 2020. Last year, I presented my work in three international conferences, namely, 13th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress June 2021, 25th World congress of Neurology, Rome, and 11th World Stroke Congress in October 2021.I received the young investigator award for my study "Predictors of recurrence in large artery atherosclerosis and cryptogenic strokes- a comparative study" in 11th world stroke congress,2021. During my neurology residency, I was a part of 6 publications including my stroke project, immunological study on NMO spectrum disorders, case reports and case series involving COVID related neurological diseases.
On February 2022, I began my post-doctoral fellowship in stroke intervention and cerebrovascular disorders under the mentorship of Dr Boby Varkey in Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala. My areas of interest include stroke prevention, acute stroke care, interventional management and rehabilitation strategies and have 3 projects in pipeline.
Living in different regions of the country has made me experience the immense cultural diversity, exposure to multiple languages and widen my communication skills. I am recently married to a rheumatologist and I love to travel, dance, enjoy deep conversations, read science fiction, create happy memories and build social connections.
I envision to use my experience in creating awareness and building a strong stroke network collaboration in India and globally.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.
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