I am originally from India, where I grew up knowing that I would follow in my parent’s footsteps and use medicine to help those in need. I completed my medical degree in India before moving to the United States where I completed my training and spent several years teaching. I specialized in the treatment of Hepatitis C at New Mexico University. In 2003, I realized that alone, I could not treat the 30,000 New Mexicans suffering from Hepatitis C. Only 5% of those infected had access to treatment. The unavailability of treatment for those infected inspired me to develop the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model as a platform for service delivery, education and evaluation.
The mission of Project ECHO™ (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas, and to monitor outcomes of this treatment.