“One has two hands; One for the sky and one for the ground;
One for the sky means one is ambitious and want to reach high
Other hand on the ground means take others with you and not go alone”
“Giving is not everyone’s destiny, if you can do it, it is a blessing”
“Grow like an old tree; it doesn’t grow vertical but horizontal. Means with success be humble and like an old tree that grows horizontal provide shelter to many.”
How it all started
My motto comes directly from my life experience. After getting my undergraduate degree from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, I participated in clinical practice for two years. There was a lot to learn, but I always knew it wasn’t my end destination.
I knew my destiny in life was to have a big impact on the world.
Of course, being young, I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like—I only knew I had to constantly take steps to learn and grow into the person I knew I should be. So, I moved to the United States in 2002 with only $3,000 and a dream.
Moving to the a new country brought with it a range of challenges, such as finding a place to live, knowing how best to commute, finding the right on-campus job, the pressure of limiting my cost of living and, above all, getting my coursework started. Though these are common problems most international students encounter, my extremely limited resources meant there was no room of error.
Through every struggle, I remembered my motto: obstruction is opportunity, innovation is struggle. It drove me to complete my Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. My goal was to promote the health of entire populations, rather than limiting myself to only patient management. I then earned my Ph.D. in Health Informatics in three years from the School of Biomedical Informatics at University of Texas, Houston by traveling between my home in Baltimore, Maryland and school in Houston, Texas.
I would describe my career journey of last 14 years as an academician, researcher, mentor, administrator, innovator and an entrepreneur.
Today, I am excited to say I’m making my ideas real.
As a Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, I am committed to creating a student-centered environment, and high quality academic programs that focus on preparing the future public health workforce with the necessary 21st century skills. I’ve mentored a variety of students and helped several publish papers, including high school students.
Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA
Professor Tenured Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA
Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA
Assistant Dean Student Affairs, CUNY School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA
Founder, Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society, New Delhi, India
Faculty Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA
PhD in Health Informatics, University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, USA
Faculty Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, USA
2004 – 2007
Faculty Research Associate University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
2002 – 2004
Obtained Masters in Public Health (Majors in Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from Boston University School of Public Health.
Obtained medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Fardikot, Punjab, India.
Commitment to Students
“My vision is first to create an environment for the students that allows them to succeed academically and to provide the environment that allows students to have non-academic enrichment. Student centeredness and thinking outside of the box are the keys.”
“When I look at a student, I think of myself as a student and that’s how I make my decisions as an administrator. That makes me think differently— you have to be adaptive to understand those things from a broader population perspective.”
“When I came to the United States to study, it was difficult to get an on-campus job. The challenge so many students face is how to pay tuition, how to pay their bills. Very basic things. The degree is important but at the same time, they need access to the resources that will enable them succeed in their studies.”
Improving the Student Experience (Interview with Dr. Ashish Joshi)
City Health – The Annual Publication of CUNY SPH; 2018: 13-14
Commitment to Community
“Sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone to rethink how you can make a social transformation.”
In 2012, I initiated the Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society (FHTS) as a small seed to develop a platform that can utilize innovative technologies as a bridge to address social, economic, and cultural inequalities to transform the lives of individuals, their families, and the communities they live in.