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Sonya Patel-Nguyen, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PGY3

OIA Global Health Scholar

Thursday, November 17, 2016.


UNC Hospital Starbucks upstairs

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Sonya is a first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants, born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in the nearby suburbs. She stayed close to home for college, attending North Carolina State University and majoring in biomedical engineering. During college, she explored global health topics in engineering and public health, traveling to Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. Soon thereafter, she attended UNC for medical school, during which she took a year off to pursue research and non-profit work with the Palestinian Cleft Society in the West Bank. She graduated medical school as an inaugural member of the school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society, and with awards honoring her dedication to health, humanism, and human rights. During residency, Sonya has continued to pursue global health topics and electives. She traveled to south India as a Sanders Scholar with Project Hope, and more recently has volunteered with the Syrian American Medical Society providing primary care to Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers in Greece. She is excited to travel back to Greece and Jordan in early 2017 for more volunteer work. Sonya plans to pursue some combination of inpatient medicine, critical care, and global health in the future.