P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sanjay Kishore, 2017

MD, Harvard University

Sanjay Kishore is the child of immigrants from India

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

Born and raised in rural Virginia, Sanjay Kishore is the youngest child of parents who emigrated from Hyderabad, India. Both of his grandfathers were Gandhian-era civil servants in the state of Andhra Pradesh who supported socialist land reform and helped operate medical clinics for the most vulnerable. Sanjay’s mother instilled the mantra, “Service to mankind is service to God.” 

In high school Sanjay pursued his interest in government and service, becoming the Youth Governor of the Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly. He went on to Duke University, where he designed his own major around the social determinants of health. After hearing a Congolese physician call on undergraduates to address civil war in the DRC, he helped lead a movement to change investment policy in companies sourcing conflict minerals from the region.

After college, Sanjay sharpened his policy skills as the Villers Fellow at Families USA, a progressive health advocacy organization, and started Commonwealth Covered, Virginia’s first student-run campaign to enroll individuals in health insurance coverage.  

At Harvard Medical School, Sanjay worked with fellow members of the Racial Justice Coalition to advocate for affordable health benefits for a union of over 700 Harvard dining workers. Now a second-year medical student, Sanjay aspires to use his clinical training to serve not just as an advocate for individual patients, but as the foundation for a career organizing for a more just society. 

Sanjay’s elder brother, Sandeep Kishore, MD, PhD, is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the Class of 2008.

  • Sanjay Kishore GIF
  • BS Program II: Social Determinants of Health | Duke University 2013
  • MD Medicine | Harvard University
Work History
  • Commonwealth Covered, Co-Founder | January 2014 - December 2015
  • Families USA, Villers Fellow | January 2013 - December 2014
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