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Sunita Puri, 2004

Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service, Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California

Sunita Puri is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a degree

Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and studied Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She completed medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA – Internal Medicine. For her writing, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, UCross Foundation, and Mesa Refuge. In 2018, she received the Etz Chaim Tree of Life Award from the USC Keck School of Medicine, awarded annually to a member of the faculty who, in the eyes of the campus community, models and provides humanistic and compassionate care. Sunita was born in Kentucky and is the daughter of naturalized citizens from Punjab state, India. Her family now lives in Los Angeles.

Education
  • MA South Asian History & History of Medicine | Oxford University 2004
  • BA Cultural Anthropology | Yale University 2002
Awards
  • Etz Chaim Tree of Life Award from the USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Fellow, UCross Foundation
  • Fellow, Mesa Refuge
  • Fellow, MacDowell Colony
  • 2002 Rhodes Scholar
Work History
  • Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service
  • Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, Palliative Medicine Specialist
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