Neeraja Chandrasekaran is a resident in public health and preventive medicine (PHPM) at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She grew up in Parkland, FL, attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai, India, and graduated in 2012. She did her first year of internal medicine residency at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in 2014. She then went on a path to pursue her passion towards womens healthcare. She worked as a research fellow in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida for two years. She also has a degree in Masters in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health and Healthcare Administration, which she completed at the University of Miami. She completed her thesis assessing disparities in knowledge, attitudes, practices of pregnant women regarding Zika virus. She also has many publications related to womens healthcare.
Her interest in health disparities and achieving health equity for women inspired her to pursue a residency in public health and preventive medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She presently serves as the resident patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI) chair for the PHPM department. During a health policy rotation, she became inspired by everything she learned and wanted to share her experience with other residents as the new advocacy chair for AMWA. She has participated in many advocacy events for education, environment, and more recently ending gun violence. She has previously participated in the AMWA mentorship program and presented an oral presentation at the 103rd annual conference in Philadelphia. Dr. Chandrasekaran is very excited to serve as the AMWA advocacy chair this year!