Smitha Sarma, BS

U.S. Scholar, VECD 2016-17

Home Institution: Northwestern University
Fellowship Site: Centre for Chronic Disease Control, India
Research Topic: Tobacco Use, Cardiovascular Disease

Ms. Sarma will spend her fellowship year at the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi under the mentorship of Mark Huffman, MD, MPH and Sivadasan Harikrishnan, MD. Her research will focus on improving tobacco cessation rates among heart attack survivors in India.

Ms. Sarma is a third-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is interested in the research and implementation of behavioral health interven-tions in low- and middle-income countries as a means of addressing the burden of noncom-municable disease. She studied biology and global health as an undergraduate at Northwest-ern and had the opportunity to study public health in Stellenbosch, South Africa; and con-duct research in Lausanne, Switzerland as a ThinkSwiss scholar. During medical school, she has participated in several global health case competitions, through which she developed an interest in tobacco control. A first generation Indian immigrant, she is excited to collaborate with local researchers to address healthcare problems specific to this population. Upon her return, she hopes to complete her clinical training and pursue a career as a physician-researcher focused on international preventive medicine.