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Aparna Sridhar

75 Public Votes Reached!
Aparna Sridhar - 2017 Nominee
Position: Family Planning Specialist/ Assistant Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology
Organization: David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Current Location: United States, North America
MD, MPH from Mysore University/ University of California Los Angeles
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New Jersey Medical School, USA
Fellowship in Family Planning, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Masters in Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Physicians for Reproductive Health - Leadership training academy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology- Robert Cefalo leadership academy
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Arnold P.Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Humanism
    Awarding Organization:
    Gold Foundation (http://www.gold-foundation.org)
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2010
  • Award:
    APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Date Awarded:
    June 17, 2016
  • Award:
    Grand Challenge in Family Planning
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant/childbearing-intentions-and-family-planning-game) Co-Investigator
    Date Awarded:
    November 1, 2016
Dr. Sridhar’s research aims to educate future generations about family planning values. Her innovative projects include mobile apps and comics for contraception. Her current work in India engages adolescent boys and girls in a family planning game. – Elena Bertozzi, Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have dedicated my research career to advancement of global family planning. I strongly believe that use of technology can promote family planning awareness in healthcare providers as well as men and women of childbearing age. I solidified my knowledge of family planning by completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology followed by specialization in family planning and public health. Since my graduation, I have engaged myself in doing research that is innovative, novel and aimed towards educating younger generation family planning values. I have developed mobile apps and comics for contraception education. I am now working on building game for adolescents to understand their family planning attitudes. I will continue to publish my research and create sustainable educational tools .

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Born and brought up in India, I learnt values of family planning from elementary school to medical school through every day scenarios. Having witnessed morbid and mortal consequences of unwanted pregnancy and lack of family planning in my early years, I decided to focus my career on empowering reproductive choices and making them more popular in this world. I want to eradicate barriers stand in the way of making contraceptives more widely available and accessible to men and women in this world.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I lead a unique role in my life as a teacher and advocate. I pass on family planning values to the next generation both in the United States and in India. I have successfully influenced large group of students to positively think about family planning via my research activities. I will continue to lead the teaching and research aspects of family planning to create new generation of family planning leaders. I ultimately aim to create a task force to empower family planning values in this world!

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I am named a winner, I will set up a research fund to provide grants to medical students in India to perform research in the area of contraception and family planning. I will also develop a web based information tool for medical students to have resources to perform small scale projects in their medical schools. This will promote future generation of family planning researchers across the globe and encourage students to develop many ideas which can change the future of family planning.

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