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Published on March 12, 2018

Tidelands Health physician recognized for leadership in minority health

The National Minority Quality Forum has named Tidelands Health physician Dr. Brintha Vasagar to its 2018 list of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, an award that recognizes the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health care disparities.Dr. Brintha Vasagar

Dr. Vasagar, associate program director of the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, is a board-certified family medicine physician who specializes in preventive care, women’s health and gluten-related disorders. A survivor of the 2004 tsunami that devastated South Asia, she has spoken before members of Congress and the United Nations about international health issues and disaster preparedness.

Dr. Vasagar was selected from among hundreds of applicants for inclusion on the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 list. Also earning recognition were representatives from the John Hopkins School of Medicine, Tufts University, the Georgetown University School of Medicine and other organizations.

The honorees will receive their award at an event in Washington, D.C., on April 25.

Dr. Vasagar joined Tidelands Health in July 2016 to help lead the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, which provides hands-on training in family medicine for doctors who have completed their medical degrees.

She also is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and actively sees patients at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road.

Last year, she was one of only 60 leaders across the country selected for the 2017 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a national leadership development program coordinated by the Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton and George W. Bush presidential centers.


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