Biography

  • Native of India

Education

  • Received MBBS (M.D.) from the Armed Forces Medical College at Pune University in India
  • Ph.D. earned at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, conducting post-doctoral research in neonatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Residency in pediatrics at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship training at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

Career Highlights

  • Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine
  • Professor, Sanford School of Medicine
  • Previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE

Service Highlights

  • Elected/selected to serve on several national Advisory Boards and Committees including the US Food and Drug Administration’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Faculty Affairs and the Publication Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • Serves on the Steering Committee of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, the Clinical Affairs Committee and the Programs & Meetings Committee of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
  • PIDS liaison to IDSA’s Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee (SPGC)
  • Vice-Chair for the Bone and Joint Infections Guideline Committee for PIDS/IDSA

Honor Highlights

  • Research interests include vaccine development for human papilloma viruses, other pediatric vaccines, hospital epidemiology, community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, inhibition of Helicobacter pylori by nutraceuticals, and antibiotic resistance
  • Published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, 23 invited review articles, 17 book chapters and one book
  • Reviewer for 30 journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the American Journal of Infection Control
  • Delivered over 450 lectures and 110 scientific presentations
  • Served as the course director for over 30 CME programs
  • Given over 40 media interviews
  • Published 25 newspaper articles