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Naman Shah Oral History Interview
Naman Shah’s South Asian roots have always inspired his passion for work in health equity. He works tirelessly to advance social justice through improved policy and service delivery. Trained as an NIH physician-scientist specializing in family medicine and infectious disease epidemiology, Naman has worked to improve health and well-being in varied settings. From working on polio eradication campaigns in villages across India, to planning disease control for health departments in the United States, to working with national governments across continents, Naman believes in translating science into community action.
Naman shares his experience working on the frontlines of Covid in various roles from on the ground in India to his leadership role with the Los Angeles County COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Naman received a MD/PhD and a BSPH in environmental health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Ethics Review Committee and was a (2010) Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans. Personally, over the course of the pandemic, he got married and had his first human child (He already had 3 amazing dog children he rescued from India) all while moving across the continent. He shares his experience of working in various settings and his hope for the future of healthcare.
In this slideshow, you will see:
Before returning to the States, Naman married his partner, Dr. Janhavi Shah, in a simple ceremony at the hospital surrounded by coworkers and their three dog children.
Naman shares how despite the difficulties of the pandemic, there has been endless wonder. Wonder in science and wonder in life. His first daughter was born over this time and she is quite remarkable!
Dr. Shah with his patients and medical team in India.
Service, Public Health
Date: March 4, 2022
Subject(s): Naman Shah
Type: Oral History
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Creator: Roshni Shah
Contributor: Naman Shah
Location: New Mexico
Collection: Roshni Shah Fellowship Project
Donor: Naman Shah
Item History: 2022-06-17 (created); 2022-07-12 (modified)
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