I love the words ‘let’s go home’ more than anyone else in the division. Noticing my interest, I was provided the opportunity to serve as the Director for the home dialysis program and work with home dialysis patients (peritoneal and home hemodialysis). In addition, I provide dedicated interdisciplinary care to late stages of chronic kidney disease patients. I also love working with students, so am involved with M2 renal module as a co-director.
I trained in India for medical school at a lovely place called Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIIMS), Ranchi Jharkhand, and moved to USA to do my residency at UAMS. After the internal medicine residency, I completed Nephrology fellowship and joined as faculty in 2015.
- Biases in healthcare
- Pregnancy and CKD
- Home dialysis
- Medical Education
- Diabetes and kidney disease
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Tele-education and Telemedicine
- Medical education
- Onco-nephrology (sp. Myeloma)
- Jewelry making
- Yoga, Meditation
- Social Media
- Disclaimer: The fact that I like doing these things, does not mean that I am good at these.
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What do you like about nephrology?
I love the intrigue of this extremely well rounded sub-specialty. I loved every aspect of Internal medicine and could never decide which aspect to pick for future focus- Inpatient care or outpatient clinics? Research or pure clinics? Rapid pace of critical care with its opportunities to do procedures, or the graceful dedicated palliative care? At that point – I was lucky to meet mentors that directed me to the inclusive and exclusive department of Nephrology.
In Nephrology, I get to do all things in medicine that I ever wanted- in just the right mix! I do inpatient care during service weeks, continuity outpatient care, critical care as well as palliative care in the right patient. I teach and I learn. I do some research on the side. Finally, I go home to spend quality time with my dear husband, a wonderful son and all those that are dear to me including two dogs, few fish, wild deer and birds. I love the traveling I do for my different dialysis units – using my ‘car university’ I can ‘read’(hear) audio books and am almost caught up with all the reading I dreamt of, am able to talk to all my friends and family (abroad)- and still make a difference in my world.
Why Little Rock?
We moved from India to Little Rock – and I fell in love with the people and the place. The lush green natural state had this gem of a place very much like my own hometown – a place I missed deeply on arrival. As an immigrant, I worried about settling in, but the well-known ‘southern hospitality’ made us right at home from day one. Here, I found very dear friends, and the kindest of people in the planet. In addition, I could get lost driving and still be found the same day, thanks to the wonderful traffic (and easy use of GPS). I could raise my child without too much of a big city noise, yet not be totally lost to the world in general. I also got to know a strong Indian – American community (Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Friends of India) that helped me stay close to my roots yet be an American in the truest sense. I could celebrate all things from back home, in my new home and add to the joys with the people here – my American family.
In short, this is my home.