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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Chitra Akileswaran, 2009

Associate Medical Director, Kyruus, Inc.

Chitra Akileswaran is a New American

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

CHITRA AKILESWARAN is currently Associate Medical Director at Kyruus, Inc. and an attending obstetrician/gynecologist at Alameda County Health System in Oakland, CA.

Chitra was born in Portland, OR to parents who emigrated from India and are naturalized citizens. They now live in Seattle, WA.

Chitra completed her MD and MBA degrees at Harvard in 2011. She received a BA in Community Health, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

It was at Brown that Chitra got her start undertaking community-based work on global health inequities. She has since studied female migrants as a Fulbright Grantee to South Africa, traveled to the Dominican Republic to address the needs of Haitian batey communities, and collaborated with a private bank in south India to create a maternity financing product for rural women. 

Chitra is most recently involved with operations improvement projects on labor and delivery units at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and at the University of California, San Francisco, where she completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training.  She served as Adminstrative Chief Resident.

She now works for Kyruus, Inc., a Boston-based healthcare start-up with a mission to improve patient access.  She is also an Ob/Gyn Hospitalist at Highland Hospital, the primary safety net hospital and trauma center in Oakland, CA.  She looks forward to a career that combines her clinical and business backgrounds to design high value care innovations towards better maternal outcomes.

  • MBA | Harvard Business School 2011
  • MD | Harvard Medical School 2011
  • BA | Brown University 2004
Work History
  • Kyruus, Inc., Associate Medical Director | August 2015
  • Oakcare Medical Group, Staff Obstetrician Gynecologist | August 2015
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident Physician, Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences | June 2011 - June 2015