P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sandeep Kishore, 2008

Associate Director, Arnhold Institute for Global Health

Sandeep Kishore is the child of immigrants from India

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

SANDEEP KISHORE is the Associate Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, and an Assistant Professor in the department of Health System Design & Global Health, and the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System. Previously, he was a fellow at the Human Nature Lab at University and president of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sandeep was born in Pittsburgh and grew up primarily in Arkansas and Virginia; his parents are naturalized US citizens from India.

Sandeep received a BS in biology from Duke University and an MS in immunology/pathology from Oxford University as the Usher Cunnigham Scholar, and his MD and PhD from the Weill Cornell/ Rockefeller/ Sloan-Kettering Institute program. His doctoral work focused on the evolution of malaria parasitism and was done while he was a Visiting Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Sandeep plans a career in global public health as a physician-scientist and public health advocate. To combat the rise in heart disease globally, Sandeep worked with the Dean of Weill Cornell, public health officials, and a fellow classmate to petition successfully the World Health Organization to include a generic version of American blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) on the WHO's Essential Medicines List, enabling mass drug donation by UN organizations and philanthropic foundations to 156 national governments. He has since authored or co-authored petitions for a total of 9 other medications including for leukemias and breast cancers. He has founded the world's first and largest network of students and young professionals committed tackling chronic, non-communicable diseases as a 21st century social justice and global health issue. He has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization on coordinating a global response to chronic disease.

For this work, he has been an invited speaker to the United Nations General Assembly, given a TED talk at TEDMED 2012, organized symposia for the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (Board on Global Health) and is a recipient of first The Lancet Award in Community Service. Sandeep has published broadly on public health issues in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Lancet, Health Affairs, The Lancet Oncology and PLoS Medicine. He is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Huffington Post and has been featured in Scientific American as one of 9 inspiring lives in global health and The Scientist. His doctoral work earned him the Raymond W. Sarber award for most outstanding PhD student in microbiology from the American Society of Microbiology.

  • MD Medicine | Cornell University 2014
  • PhD Microbiology & Immunology | Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Memorial Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program 2012
  • MS Immunology/Pathology | Oxford University 2006
  • BS Biology | Duke University 2004
Work History
  • Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Associate Director
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