FASPE 2016


I am so thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the FASPE family as a medical fellow this June. I will be traveling to Berlin, Krakow, and Auschwitz to engage in dialogue around one of humanity’s worst atrocities– the Holocaust– in order to better understand how to be a more ethically conscious physician, policy maker, and leader in healthcare and the government. Please read more about the program here.

Hashtag Ebola!


I recently published an op-ed in the UK based magazine, The Medicine Maker, discussing the role that social media had in creating the Ebola epidemic. I was particularly interested in the pharmaceutical growth that accompanied the disease in an unprecedented manner. In many ways, a global market for Ebola vaccines was created overnight through the fear of Ebola spreading through the US and Europe– a fear that was in some ways unfounded, similar to the H1N1 flu a few years ago. The full piece is available here.

Protecting the Health of the Poor: Social Movements in the South


In what has been a truly humbling experience over the past 4+ years and hundreds of hours, through the collaborative efforts of the Comparative Research Program on Poverty (CROP), our publisher Zed Books, my long time mentor Dr. Thomas Pogge, and my co-editor Dr. Geeta Sodhi, I am delighted to announce the release of my first book in global health, “Protecting the Health of the Poor: Social Movements in the South.” The collection features the writings of several physicians and public health experts from around the world, as well as my fieldwork from Uganda in 2010 during the PEPFAR flatlining crisis. The beauty of this work is that the stories and struggles are from experts who are at the frontline– those who don’t just study these issues but live them every day. Thanks to everyone that has supported me throughout what has been a very important project. I’ve dedicated this work to my students in India from the Perna community who always inspire me through their immense courage.

The MEDALS Initiative: Promoting Creativity in Medical Education

This past weekend, I presented a project I had started in the first year of medical school called the Student Lecture Series at the national AAMC Conference. The idea is simple– most medical students have incredible talents and stories that they never end up sharing once they are accepted to medical school. This is more a problem with our system than any fault of the student. At UCLA, I created a series of lectures that featured students presenting their ideas in a TED-talk format to classmates. The first iteration of this was extremely successful with talks from a professional DJ, a muay thai fighter, a harpist, an opera singer, and many more.

I am now expanding this to become a national project to infuse creativity into medical schools through celebration of student accomplishment. I’ve rebranded the project The MEDALS (Medical Student Achievement Lecture Series) Initiative, and just launched our website at: themedalsinitiative.wordpress.com

If you would like to start this project at your medical school, please contact us through the website.