Radhika Ramanan, MD, MPH
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Adjunct Faculty, University of California San Francisco
Understanding the medical care of people with disabilities through the experiences of our patients and our students
Dr. Radhika Ramanan is a primary care physician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was previously a general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a faculty member of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.
She completed her undergraduate education at Mount Holyoke College, where she studied biology and Spanish. She went on to earn her MD from Dartmouth Medical School, and then joined the primary care internal medicine residency program at BIDMC. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Ramanan was selected by the medical housestaff to receive the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Memorial Award, for qualities of humanism and professional excellence in the practice of medicine. Prior to being selected as a Rabkin Fellow, she earned a master's in public health through the Harvard School of Public Health, with a concentration on educational research methodology, during a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine.
Her initial research examined the role of mentorship in the personal and professional development of a physician. She has been invited to present her findings at the national conference of the Society of General Internal Medicine and to international audiences at the Ottawa Conference on Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has published her findings in the American Journal of Medicine and has published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Ramanan has co-developed and led faculty development seminars on effective precepting skills, and wrote a case for use in the Harvard Medical School course on preventive medicine and nutrition.
Dr. Ramanan's research as a Rabkin Fellow focused on understanding the experiences of persons with disabilities as they seek medical care, mentored by Dr. Lisa Lesson. She was invited to present the findings of their focus group data at the national conference of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and was nominated for an award based on this research.