P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Vanitha Janakiraman Mohta, 2000

MD, Harvard University

Vanitha Janakiraman Mohta is the child of immigrants from India

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

VANITHA JANAKIRAMAN MOHTA is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente in the Bay Area. She also works on projects related to quality and safety in maternity care, also at Kaiser Permanente.

Vanitha was born in South Bend, Indiana, to parents who had emigrated from South India.

Class president and valedictorian of her high school, Vanitha received her BA in religion from Columbia University. She graduated from Harvard Medical School in the spring of 2002 and began a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Vanitha extended her junior year of high school in Valparaiso, Chile to work in obstetrics and gynecology at a local hospital. Following graduation, she worked for six months to help start health centers in six villages in rural south India. At Harvard Medical School, Vanitha did research on lead levels and organized supplementary nutritional education among pregnant women with the Mexico City Department of Public Health. Vanitha also returned to rural South India and trained in a hospital in order to better understand the status of women's health in the developing world.

Vanitha has done research on the prevalence of diabetes and birth defects among women who live in toxic waste sites. Vanitha was an assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She then worked as a fellow in maternal fetal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Vanitha and her husband, Vivek Mohta have two daughters.

  • MPH Public Health | Harvard University 2011
  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2002
  • BA Religion | Columbia University 1998
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