Indo-American Cardiologist Awarded Prestigious White House Fellowship


WASHINGTON – Kapil Parakh, a person of Indian origin, cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, has been selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship for the year 2013-14 along with 11 others.

Parakh is a co-founder of ‘Health for America’, a non-profit organisation that mobilises youth to improve the health of communities through innovation while shaping the next generation of leaders.

He was selected in a national competition based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a prove commitment to public service.

Created in 1964 by the then President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs,” the fellowship is designed to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service.

The Fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, DC area.

Parakh is the Director of Heart Failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre and holds Assistant Professor’s post in the Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Behaviour & Society at the Johns Hopkins.

He leads heart failure quality improvements in collaboration with the Joint Commission’s Centre for Transforming Healthcare, using entrepreneurial techniques to cost-effectively improve outcomes.

Parakh’s research focuses on understanding the increased mortality in patients with depression after a heart attack. Passionate about teaching, he is a clinician-educator and has mentored trainees in award winning research, the White House said.

In recognition of his contributions to public health,he was recently inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health honour society. He has 27 scientific publications and serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of journals.

Parakh is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation. He received a BS and MD from the University of Zambia with honours, as well as a MPH and PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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