P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Deepa Galaiya, 2011

Skull Base Surgeon and Neurotologist, Johns Hopkins University

Deepa Galaiya is the child of immigrants from India

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

Deepa Galaiya completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2013, a surgical residency in otolaryngology at the Harvard/Massachusetts Eye and Ear program in 2018, and a fellowship in neurotology and lateral skull base surgery at Johns Hopkins University in 2020. She is currently a skull base surgeon and neurotologist at Johns Hopkins University. Deepa lives in the DC area with her husband.

Deepa was born in the United States. Her parents emigrated from India and, as naturalized US citizens, reside in Long Valley, NJ.

As an undergraduate of Brown University, Deepa graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a BS in biophysics and a BA in international relations. She was elected to both Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa.

Deepa was class president for four years at Brown, and continued in that role as an alumna. At Stanford, she was vice-president of the Medical School student body and president of the American Medical Students Association. She was the spokesperson for her class in inducting new medical students in the white coat ceremony. She also completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship.

Deepa's early research included constructing a lead biosensor and a transcription amplifier; designing a walker that minimizes the chances of patient falls, and working on the development and regeneration of inner ear hair cells in models of deafness.

  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2013
  • BS Biophysics | Brown University 2008
  • BA International Relations | Brown University 2008
Work History
  • Johns Hopkins University, Skull Base Surgeon and Neurotologist
  • Resident, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Johns Hopkins University, Fellow
  • Johns Hopkins University, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
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