Meet Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: A dreamer with a difference

She is a wearer of many hats- is a mother of two, a Yale trained Pediatric Cardiologist, Chief Dreamer, Teleradiology Solutions (a company she co-founded with her husband- Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur), an educator and an innovator.

Having received medical training in Osmania University and AIIMS in India, she migrated to US for higher education. She went on to train in Pediatric Cardiology at Yale University in Connecticut. She was the winner of the ‘Young Clinician Award’ from the American Heart Association and the ‘Best Teacher Award’ at Yale University. After moving back to India, she worked with Narayana Hrudayalaya as head of department of Pediatric Cardiology for close to a decade.

 

 

She is, the “Chief Dreamer” of Teleradiology solutions, a company initially set up to provide hospitals in the United States with night shift radiology solutions and now provides Teleradiology to hospitals in Singapore and hospitals in 20 countries globally. Teleradiology Solutions (US) is accredited by the US Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  Alongside providing radiological services, Teleradiology has ventured into RXDX, a patient friendly, high quality, 24/7 healthcare delivery service in a pre-hospital model.

Medical Education

Not resting on her laurels, Dr. Maheshwari has also forayed into Radguru.net,  a teaching portal of Teleradiology Solutions to promote learning and continuing updates on radiological knowledge for students and practicing professionals.  She has also developed Pediatric Cardiology curriculum that is accredited by NBE and delivered via Pediatric Cardiology E-learning. 

Giving back to the community

Her innovative and path-breaking ventures have made her a successful entrepreneur.  She brings these same skills and enthusiasm to her social enterprises as well. She has setup two trust funds, People4People and TeleRad Foundation.  People4People’s activities began with setting up playgrounds in government schools for the recreation of underprivileged children in India. It has now extended into children’s health by supporting a free clinic at RXDX and working with children with heart disease.  TeleRad Foundation is a non-profit telemedicine initiative started in 2007 for providing teleradiology support to hospitals in rural/semirural or underserved areas in Asia. It also works on developing low cost technologies to make the delivery of such services feasible to locations where high-speed broadband has not yet penetrated and disseminating knowledge and training in the field of teleradiology and telemedicine. 

Here are some of the excerpts of my conversations with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari.