P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Rajesh Vedanthan, 1999

Director, Section for Global Health, NYU School of Medicine

Rajesh Vedanthan is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a degree

Rajesh Vedanthan is the Director of the Section for Global Health within the Department of Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Rajesh was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. His parents both came to Fort Collins, Colorado, from South India.

Rajesh studied chemistry and economics at Swarthmore College, where he received a BA with distinction and the Ivy Award for outstanding scholarship, character, and service. He was selected as a British Marshall Scholar to study at Oxford University, where he earned a second BA with a first class in human sciences. In 1997, Rajesh enrolled in the Joint Medical Program at the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of University of California, receiving his MS and MPH from University of California at Berkeley in 2000 and his MD from University of California at San Francisco in 2002.

During medical school, Rajesh was actively involved in a community health project in South India, Swasthya, which earned him a Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action. Rajesh also worked to improve the physical diagnosis instruction for third year medical students and coordinated a course titled Teaching How to Teach for graduating fourth year students.

Rajesh completed his residency at Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston and went on to work as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University and Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences in Eldoret, Kenya, as part of the AMPATH Kenya Partnership. Rajesh then completed a cardiology fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

  • MS Medicine | University of California, Berkeley 2000
  • MPH Public Health | University of California, Berkeley 2000
  • BA Human Sciences | Oxford University 1997
  • BA Chemistry, Economics | Swarthmore College 1995
  • Chemistry, Economics | University of Colorado at Boulder 1993
  • Marshall Scholar
Work History
  • Section for Global Health, NYU School of Medicine, Director
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