Hello! I’m Rathika and I grew up in Gainesville, Florida! (Go Gators!) After growing up in the south, I decided to freeze and attended college at Wellesley College. After graduating, I spent a year studying parasites (Chagas’ disease and cysticercosis) in Lima, Peru and another year working with C. elegans (a tiny worm) at the University of Florida before starting medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
I became interested in Family Medicine after spending a summer interning at Clinica de Familia La Romana (CFLR), a family, HIV, and sex worker clinic in the Dominican Republic. I then spent a year as an international research fellow at CFLR developing a study to determine the impact of expedited viral load test analysis on the ability for HIV-positive women to have vaginal deliveries!
In my off-work time, I love hanging out and hiking with my husband, reading novels, baking, and watching my cats act ridiculous.
Areas of Interest
Women’s reproductive health, underserved care-LGBT, minority, refugee/migrant, and prisoner health
Education and Training
Resident, University of North Carolina Family Medicine Residency Program, June 2015 – May 2018
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, United States, 08/2010 – 06/2015
BA, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Neuroscience and Music, 09/2004 – 05/2008