Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, 37, is more than just a doctor.
She is an assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine, a researcher, journalist and an actress. She’s paved her own path in the medical field, all while impacting medical research and inspiring others to open their own doors.
As the South Asian Journalists Association celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday October 11th in New York, Nampiaparampil will take part as one of the many panelists attending the convention.
During the convention, Nampiaparampil will share tips on breaking into the industry. She followed a unique path that led her to journalism, documenting and sharing her knowledge of medicine, more specifically in severe chronic pain.
“Normally, in medicine there’s a path. After med school, you do an internship, residency and fellowship," Nampiaparampil said. “I am creating my own path as I go along."
She has appeared on more than 100 medical segments on news channels including CNN, CBS and Fox News, to name a few.
Whether it’s discussing frostbite prevention, the rise of diabetes, measles and mumps outbreaks, the Norovirus, Obamacare or football injuries, Nampiaparampil proves to be an on-air medical expert.
With more than 50 publications under her belt and more than 20 articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nampiaparampil said she feels her written work has a lot of impact.
When it comes to delivering the news on air, Nampiaparampil said she has an hour or two to find it, read it, get ready and explain it.
As a teenager, Nampiaparampil suffered from a viral infection that led her to question her career path. Though the infection lasted a month, Nampiaparampil said the infection's severity meant it took a long time for her lung, heart and bone marrow to heal.
“It wasn’t a regular illness. When I got sick, it was sort of crazy," Nampiaparampil said. "I was out of school for almost eight months. [Doctors] weren’t sure if I’d ever go back to school at all.”
Nampiaparampil said the experience made her reevaluate her life's purpose, and it led her to want to help people become knowledgeable about pain management. “It made me wonder why am I still here. With that, I thought about maybe [doing] something for people that are sick," Nampiaparampil said.
After recovering, she decided to pursue medicine, and entered the combined B.A./M.D. program at Northwestern University. She later completed her residency and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School.
Nampiaparampil became a member of the South Asian Journalists Association when she was just a primary physician. She said her involvement with SAJA opened various opportunities, including the chance to attend networking and informational seminars.
“As time went on, I met some people from SAJA," Nampiaparampil said. "The way they were so passionate about what they do made me passionate.”
This post is part of a series of profiles for the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), a non-profit journalism organization celebrating its 20th anniversary with a national convention on October 11th, 2014. For more details, please click here.
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